David: Workers for general contractor Andrew Tiplady of Barrington were pouring concrete last week for the foundation of a new two-story addition to a beach-front house at the end of Lorraine Street that is going through a complete renovation.
Time is of the essence, said Tiplady, founder and president of the firm.
?We have five months,? he said.
Tiplady must complete the house in that time period because the home has been selected by This Old House, the award-winning PBS home improvement series, for its next renovation project.
The 1925 modified Cape overlooks Barrington Beach and Narragansett Bay. Updated last more than 40 years ago, according to This Old House, ?the small house has outdated features, cramped spaces, and with only two small bedrooms and no shower on the second floor, lacks the amenities necessary for modern-day living.?
The This Old House team and local contractors such as Tiplady will transform the house into a ?stunning year-round home for a professional couple and their young daughter? -- Geoff Allen and Michelle Forcier, who live a stone?s throw away in a rental property on Bay Road.
The first episode of the show, the introductory show, has been filmed already, Tiplady said. The Barrington Project, as it is known at TOH, features 10 episodes. It debuts in January. Click here for the schedule or check your local listings.
?Everybody loves the idea of beach-front property, but it does require some extra thought,? said the host, Kevin O?Connor. ?Our house is within a high wind zone and that means coastal storms and wind driven rain can be a real problem; so we?ll work closey with the builder to make sure the house is property protected from the elements.?
Allen and Forcier purchased the 1,500-square-foot home earlier this year, according to This Old House. The proximity of the house to the water requires that appropriate codes for protecting it from the elements, including storm winds and wind-driven rain, be followed precisely. Proper building techniques and material selection will be of paramount importance, This Old House said.
White cedar shingles will line the exterior. The roof will be hurricane-nailed to hold up during high wind conditions.
?The windows also will be chosen and installed carefully, as they are a key part of keeping views in and weather out,? according to This Old House.
Mary Brewster is the local architect. She is adding the two-story expansion where a ?bumpout was attached before,? said Tiplady.
The second floor addition will give the owners two full baths and a third bedroom over the garage, and a second-story deck off the master bedroom that faces the beach.
?We?re excited to be working in Rhode Island for the first time,? said senior series producer Deborah Hood. ?With Providence to the north and Newport to the south, Barrington will serve as an ideal home base as we explore the best building stories the Ocean State has to offer.?
Show producers found the property after an exhaustive search, which included extensive outreach to the local building and architectural community and a public call for entries earlier this spring. Several hundreds submissions from every corner of Rhode Island came in.
This Old House discovered the Barrington Beach house through the architect.
The renovation can be seen live, 24/7 in the coming days on thisoldhouse.com/webcams.
Visitors to www.thisoldhouse.com also will be able to access other special features, such as a ?before and after? photo gallery, project overview, products and services information and a time-lapse archive of the project's progress, according to This Old House.