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In this episode:This Old House returns for its 11th season with master carpenter Norm Abrams, who introduces the series’ new host, Steve Thomas. Steve and Norm survey the new project: an 1835 barn in Concord, MA, and talk to the homeowners, Lynn and Barbara, who want to dismantle and rebuild the barn and live in it.
The start of our second decade on the air, 1989, was memorable for two reasons. Steve Thomas joined the team as our new host that spring, and we embarked on what remains for many of us the most remarkable project we’ve ever taken on.
Steve’s new job was to help lead viewers through the dramatic conversion of a mid-19th-century timber-frame barn into a new dwelling for its owners, Lynn and Barbara Wickwire. The Wickwires had lived for 12 years in the Victorian farmhouse on the property, raising a family but always looking dreamily at the old red barn out back, thinking of the day they might, somehow, turn it into a home.
The task was daunting to contemplate, certainly, since the barn had not been particularly well-maintained over the years. The Wickwires knew they would need help and had in fact written to TOH two years prior. When the show began searching for an "adaptive reuse" project, the letter came out of a file, a site visit was arranged, and soon thereafter, we were in business. Lynn, at the time an associate dean at a local community college, recalls being a little nervous-about the barn project as well as the prospect of having it all unfold on television. But he and Barbara, a special-needs tutor at the high school, were convinced that if they were going to realize their dream, this was the way to do it.
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Source: Homes and Lifestyle