Season 1, Episode 19 The This Old House Hour

First Aired: February 13, 2003

Host Steve Thomas and carpenter Norm Abram tour the Lake Forest, Ill., home of Heidi and Mike Smith, winners of the show's “Dream Kitchen” contest. It's a lovely 1928 Tudor house, but the narrow kitchen is too small for the Smiths and their 5-year-old triplets. And the ambitious renovation design is some $20,000 higher than the Smiths' budget---before cost-chopper Abram goes to work. Also: plumbing-heating expert Richard Trethewey sets up a temporary kitchen in the house's sun porch for use during renovations. Then, in “Ask This Old House”: Tom Silva helps one homeowner deal with drafty windows, and Trethewey helps another install a sewage-ejection pump for a new basement toilet.

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  • Premiered: October 10, 2002
  • Rating: TV-G
  • Premise: PBS's home-improvement series and 'Ask This Old House,' an offshoot in which 'House' regulars field viewer questions (and make weekly 'house calls' to make actual home improvements). 'This Old House Hour' debuted in the fall of 2002. (more)

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