The guys begin restoration of an 1887 Queen Anne Victorian Cottage. Kevin hears about preserving historic details while updating the interior space and creating a new garage and master suite
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Construction work and television production started on the new project in Narragansett, RI, but Covid put a halt to TV and placed restrictions on building. Five months later, we pick up where we left off with our 1887 Queen Anne Victorian.
Kevin O’Connor, Richard Trethewey and Tom Silva set the stage for the restoration efforts. The house has been standing prominently in Narragansett for over a century, but it’s a shadow of its former self. Kevin goes back in time to when he found Jeff Sweenor in the front yard and they took a look at the exterior.
The homeowners, Michael and Kassiane, were excited about renovating a historic home in this oceanside community. Kevin met them to hear about their plans to preserve the historic details while updating the interior space for modern living and creating a new wing for a garage and master suite. The first floor of the house was something of a jumbled mess with amazing details, like the 23 light windows with stained glass. Kevin got a tour from Michael and Kassiane. Jeff gave Kevin a tour of the second floor with its unusual bathroom.
Five months after that original tour, Jeff has made good progress on the new wing. Tom gets a tour of the garage, master suite and mudroom.
The basement was a dirt crawl space with five foot headroom. Kevin finds Richard down there and they discuss how the crew dug out the space and poured a slab to create a mechanical room.
There is plenty of work left to do on this Queen Anne Narragansett project, including extensive hardscaping. Jeff talks about the work ahead.
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