Related: Home Renovation: The Exterior: http://www.bobvila.com/articles/2074-home-renovation-the-exterior/pages/1 Home Sweet Container: http://www.bobvila.com/articles/316-home-sweet-container/pages/1 Bob briefly looks at the rich architectural history of St. Petersburg, and the development of its waterfront parks and neighborhoods. He also reviews the construction progress to date. Architect Steve Armstrong and project manager Ray Price join Bob to review the insulating ceramic coating that was used to paint the exterior and protect it from heat buildup. They also review the innovative finishes and design features that helped them transition the exterior surfaces from corrugated metal siding to sheet-metal panels to concrete block to wood with a unified finish. General contractor Buba Barrow joins Bob for a tour of the finish work and interior layout, starting on the tiled front porch, moving through the open-plan family, kitchen, and dining spaces, and into the four bedrooms, each faced in mold-resistant wallboard and painted with an orange-peel textured finish. The kitchen is complete with oak cabinets, laminate counters, a bottom-freezer/upper refrigerator unit and an energy-efficient dual-drawer dishwasher. Last, Bob meets with David Cross to discuss the future of building with converted shipping containers.
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Bob talks with carpenter Bob Ryley and general contractor Kevin Kalman, as they lay down the subflooring.
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To address the environmental upside of building with industrial shipping containers, Bob Vila talks with representatives from Tampa Armature Works, a company that arrived early to experimenting with container-home construction. For more video from this project, visit: http://www.bobvila.com
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Bob Vila watches as a team installs blown-in cellulose insulation, a product chosen by many homeowners as an earth-friendly alternative to fiberglass. For more on insulation, visit http://www.bobvila.com
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Bob and Paul Pacella (of Maine Post and Beam) discuss the cutting and placement of the engineered wood glulam ridge beam for the garage.
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Bob visits with Alex Krutsky at the North Bennet Street School in Boston. Bob and Krutsky discuss the school's admissions process, which requires previous carpentry experience.
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Bob helps lay rafters and the ridge pole for the vaulted roof of the Lifespan House.
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A new kind of rubber slate is applied to the roof, and the crew brings the spa down on a special plywood ramp, then carefully places it in the turret for installation.
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Wood floor expert Howard Brickman is on the job site installing White Oak hardwood floors from Carlisle Restoration Lumber.
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Bob travels to British Columbia and tours the Waldun Forest Products Company shingle manufacturing plant.
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Bob tours colonial Williamsburg, VA, stopping at the Royal Governor's Palace, where facilities manager Mark Winger gives a tour.
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Brent Hull, of Hull Historical Millwork, is on location to help with the installation of the dining room's crown molding.
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Bob meets with Erling Andersen of AIM (Andersen International Marketing) in the basement of the modern Colonial to discuss the heating system. The Boiler Room in a Box has just arrived in its crate, fully assembled and ready to hang on the wall.
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Related: Know Your House Styles: http://www.bobvila.com/articles/339-know-your-house-styles/pages/1 Remodeling an Old House: What Should You Keep? http://www.bobvila.com/articles/3-remodeling-an-old-house-what-should-you-keep/pages/1 Bob sets out on a carriage tour of historic Charleston, SC to get a feel for the elegant and well-preserved architecture of one of the most beautiful cities in the South. Richard Marks, the restoration contractor who's responsible for much of the expert work being done in and around Charleston, gives Bob a tour of the elegant, though quite run-down, Federal style house whose revival this project chronicles.
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