The host guides various participants as they repair and renovate various houses.
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Kevin O'Connor ...
 Himself - Host (315 episodes, 2003-2017)
Norm Abram ...
 Himself - Master Carpenter (253 episodes, 1979-2017)
Richard Trethewey ...
 Himself - Plumbing and Heating Expert / ... (252 episodes, 1990-2017)
Tom Silva ...
 Himself - General Contractor (251 episodes, 2004-2017)
Roger Cook ...
 Himself - Landscape Contractor (251 episodes, 2004-2017)
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The host guides various participants as they repair and renovate various houses.

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Although WGBH acquired the first two project houses (6 Percival Street in Dorchester and the Bigelow House in Newton) for renovation, the series then focused on renovating older houses, including those of modest size and value, with the homeowners doing some of the work, as a form of sweat equity. The series covering the renovation of the Westwood house (Weatherbee Farm) became something of a cult classic because of an escalating dispute between the hosts, Bob Vila and Norm Abram, and the homeowners over the direction the project was taking. Vila remarked at the end of the Westwood series that the owners could have contributed more "sweat equity." See more »

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the original home improvement show
24 October 2007 | by (davis, california) – See all my reviews

my favorite of all the home improvement shows, and the only one that you know will show you the latest and greatest techniques/products in the home improvement industry. bob Vila made the show popular, Steve Thomas made it for the everyman, and Kevin o'Connor has yet to make his legacy. regulars like norm Abram, tom Silva, Richard Trethewey, and roger cook are the best in their individual fields, many of them have had their trades in their family for many years. it wasn't until later in the series that they ventured away from Massachusetts, but eventually they went out of the country to London, as well as having a couple shows in CA, one in HI, TX, LA, FL, and many other locations. with these guys you know you can count on a craftsmanship that just isn't approached in more recent shows which breeze over complex projects. a truly classic and indispensable show. now if they released archived episodes on DVD or made them available for download then they're really be on to something...


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