Kevin finds Tommy and Charlie installing a fireback. Roger returns the flowers he saved. The island countertop goes on. Kevin watches a crew install a garage door. The wood stove arrives.
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The crew is in high gear putting on finishing touches at the house in Newton. Kevin finds Tommy and Charlie at the kitchen stove installing a final detail. For hundreds of years, firebacks sat at the back of fireplaces to retain and reflect heat into the room. Liz and Joe want to use one behind their stove as decoration.
Liz had a sentimental attachment to the roses and lilacs in the back yard, so Roger dug them up and kept them in his yard during construction. Now it’s time to return them, along with some new shrubs and fruit trees to highlight the new yard. Roger and Liz get some help from students at a local vocational tech school. Liz and Joe have made a popular choice for the countertop of their kitchen island, natural wood.
The builder of the Idea House, Jeff Sweenor, made the counter in his Rhode Island shop using reclaimed oak. Today Jeff installs it in the kitchen.
You know the end is near when the garage door goes in. Kevin watches a garage door expert and his crew install the steel insulated door and motor.
Inside, Joe and his wood stove expert place the soapstone stove on the hearth and connect it to the chimney pipe.
The homeowners wanted an old look in their new master bathroom, and that meant purchasing an antique claw-foot tub. Richard visits the shop that refurbished the tub.
As this project is wrapping, Kevin and the guys reflect on the help they got from the Generation Next apprentices and the inspiration they got from the Mike Rowe Works Foundation.
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