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 December 9, 2011
Volunteers Help With This Old House's Project Near Barrington Beach

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URI Master Gardeners dig in as the video cameras rolled. Some 70 plants were installed as part of the landscape. The process, which could have been done by the Master Gardeners in two hours, took nearly all day because of retakes--one tree was planted and pulled out five times.

A small group of URI Master Gardeners offered their expertise recently at a local home that's being featured on the popular television show, This Old House.

The volunteers stopped by the Barrington Beach home owned by Geoffrey Allen and Michelle Forcier that is undergoing a significant renovation. The construction project will be aired on the hit PBS television program in January.

The volunteers carried out a coastal landscape design plan that was created by Kate Venturi, a URI staffer and landscape designer for the local renovation; the plan meets state coastal landscaping specifications and was approved by the Coastal Resources Management Council. The URI Master Gardeners were part of the crew that maintains URI's East Farm and other projects around the state.

The 1925 seaside cottage in Barrington has generous views of Narragansett Bay, which was part of the reason the home was chosen to be featured on the television program.

Norm Abram and the rest of the This Old House TV team will help the home's owners turn the 1,600-square foot cape into a cheerful year-round home. "Working with architect Mary Brewster and local builder Andrew Tiplady, they plan to open up the house's first floor, relocate an interior staircase, and install several new windows to take advantage of the views," stated a press release from This Old House.

"A mudroom, laundry room, and two existing bathrooms will be updated. And some new spaces will appear on the second floor: a third bedroom, a master bath, and a covered porch off the master bedroom. Exterior changes will include a new entryway, a revamped roofline, and new white-cedar shingle siding."

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This Old House host Kevin O'Connor confers with URI's Kate Venturini who designed the coastal planting layout for the house being renovated at the Barrington Town Beach. Ms. Venturini, a landscape designer who specializes in coastal projects, donated her services. Plants were donated too.

Source: By Josh Bickford/EastBayRI.com