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Friday, May 7, 2004


This Old House puts Carlisle farmstead online

The rotting ell structure between the main house and the barn is pulled down, while senior producer and director David Vos and a cameraman capture the action from a crane. (Photo by Ellen Huber)
Curious about how to renovate an older property? Just pay a visit to 730 Concord Street. That's where you'll find a 1849 Greek revival-style farmstead under renovation by master craftsmen from the This Old House crew.

Better yet, check out the web site and click on "The Web Cams are ON." You'll find a live link to the Carlisle property that updates every 10 seconds. You can view a calendar that shows photographs recording the daily progress of the house reconstruction. The "Project Diary" section documents the activities at the site, and you can view floor plans of the existing and proposed site.

The Carlisle project began on March 31, and will take a year to complete. Town residents noticed much activity at the site at the end of April. The crew jacked up the timber-frame barn 28-inches to replace the rotting structure underneath. The barn will be lifted for three to four weeks during the installation of new footing and flooring. The crew also tore down the ell structure that extended from the main house to the barn as it was in very poor condition. This structure will be redesigned and newly constructed. The main house will undergo preservation and restoration only. The crew will renovate and adapt the barn for modern-day use.

The reconstruction of the Carlisle farmstead will serve as the centerpiece of the 25th anniversary season of the Emmy Award-winning This Old House show. The season begins this fall with 20 of the 26 scheduled shows focusing on the Carlisle property. After project completion, the home will be open to the public for a limited time as a designer showcase.

The crew includes master carpenter Norm Abram, general contractor Tom Silva, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, and landscape contractor Roger Cook. Boston architect Jeremiah Eck provides the overall design work for the renovation of the farmstead complex. Emmy-nominated host Kevin O'Connor will be on hand to narrate.

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