Remodeling Older Homes

If you have an older home, learn how to preserve the character you love while also making updates to meet your needs. This workshop from Boston Building Resources will offer tips on caring for an older home, including historic wood windows, approaches to large renovation projects, seasonal maintenance, ways to learn the history of your house, and paint color selection.

Demystifying Plaster Repair Workshop

If you have an old house that has walls of lath and plaster, this is the workshop from Boston Building Resources for you. Learn how to repair walls that are cracked, or where the plaster is pulling away from the lath, by using a bonding adhesive to reattach the plaster. We will learn how to assess problem areas, apply the adhesive, and finish the area for a smooth, even appearance.

Table Saw Magic Workshop

Learn to use the properties of the table saw to do seemingly complex tasks. In this workshop from Boston Building Resources, first we will cover basic parts of the tool and important safety considerations. We will then learn how to make a few jigs, and, with simple settings (and almost no measuring), we will work our charms.

Window Reglazing & Glass Replacement Workshop

Replacing a broken windowpane can be a very satisfying part of restoring an older window and will go a long way to making your home look its best. In this hands-on workshop from Boston Building Resources, you will learn how to remove old glazing putty, prepare the sash, and secure the new glass pane in place with points and fresh glazing. Participants should bring in a window sash to work on.

Kitchen Design Workshop

The kitchen is the heart of one’s home, and this two-part workshop from Boston Building Resources will cover everything you need to know to design a kitchen that fits your lifestyle. In Part 1 (September 21), we start with a basic floor plan and cover the many variables that must be considered: appliance standards, door and window openings, storage needs, budget, and more. In Part 2 (September 28), we examine cabinets and countertops—materials, styles, and price ranges. Participants may submit floor plans of their individual projects, and one will be chosen at random for examination in greater detail.