Join Us for the 2018 Idea House Grand Opening Celebration

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This Old House and Sweenor Builders are excited to invite the public to celebrate the grand opening of the TOH 2018 Idea House, a one-of-a-kind home in Narragansett, RI, which was recently named New England’s best beach town by the Boston Globe. The opening celebration will allow visitors to tour the home for a firsthand look at new innovations in custom coastal home building and renovations, meet TOH TV crew members, and enjoy an exhibit of Rhode Island artists. The event is open to the public and admission is free.  Following are event details:

THIS OLD HOUSE 2018 Idea House
(Date)     Saturday, September 8th, 2018
(Time)      Noon to 4PM
(Where) Free parking and a shuttle service will be provided from the Pier Middle School at
235 South Pier Road, Narragansett to the Idea House on Robinson Street

As part of the celebration, the building and design teams are pleased to present a group art exhibition from leading Rhode Island artists.  Working in collaboration with Jessica Hagen Fine Art & Design of Newport, signature pieces are incorporated throughout the home’s décor from artists including Kevin Gilmore, EA Kahane, Anne Mimi Sammis and many more. And for fans of the area’s culinary accomplishments, the event will feature local food and beverages including clam cakes and chowder from nearby Monahan’s Clam Shack & Restaurant.

Constructed by Sweenor Builders, the 2,700-square-foot main house plus semi-detached garage with guest suite has classic Craftsman-style curb appeal and thoroughly modern looks inside. Located in the heart of Narragansett’s Historic District and less than a mile from the town beach, it epitomizes what buyers are looking for today: a modestly sized home that lives large in a tight-knit neighborhood, standout details in every room, plenty of bespoke built-ins, and multiple entertaining spaces including an easy-care backyard with luxury amenities designed for “staycation” living.

Showcase Spaces

  • Open floor-plan great room with soaring, trussed ceiling
  • Expansive kitchen and butler’s pantry
  • Screened-in porch
  • 2 master ensuites, plus 2 more bedrooms
  • Guest quarters over 2-car garage
  • 4 ½ bathrooms
  • 2 laundry rooms (1st and 2nd floors)
  • Patio, pergola swing, outdoor kitchen, outdoor shower, plunge pool
  • Home theater and gym with sauna

This Old House announced the project location this past spring, along with the team that includes Wakefield-based Sweenor Builders, Union Studio Architecture & Community Design, Graceke Interiors, and Landscape Creations of Rhode Island. This fourth annual TOH Idea House (and the second to be built by Sweenor Builders) will be unveiled in the November/December issue of This Old House Magazine and in several segments of the 2018/2019 season of the Emmy Award-winning TV series This Old House premiering on PBS this October. A webcam has been capturing the construction process, along with galleries and videos on, and a sneak preview story will run in the October issue of This Old House magazine.

Innovative ideas and building techniques employed throughout include products from Idea House sponsors, including: AdvanTech, Aeratis, American Standard, Andersen Windows & Patio Doors, Aquor, Baird Brothers Fine Hardwoods, The BILCO Company, Bryant Heating and Cooling Systems, Champion Power Equipment, Circa Lighting, Clarkson Lighting, DaVinci Roofscapes, Discover Personal Loans, DXV, Eldorado Stone, GCP Applied Technologies , Glidden, Gorilla Glue, GROHE, Grothouse, Haas Door, House of Antique Hardware, Leviton, LIFESPAN Solid Select, Merola Tile, Olympic Stains, Panasonic, Real Cedar, Rinnai, ROCKWOOL, Schluter-Systems, Sleep Number, VELUX, Walpole Outdoors, ZIP System Sheathing & Tape. Contributors include: Arnold Lumber, Article, Cabot House, Cosentino, Cynthia Brown Studio,, Finlandia Sauna by Country Saunas by Design,, InstantHedge, Jessica Hagen Fine Art & Design, Jorgenson Lockers, Malabar, Miele, O&G Studio, Orbit, Ortal, SBC Cedar, Signature Custom Cabinetry, Inc., Smith & Noble, Soake Pools, Sodco, Superior Walls, Samsung, Unilock, Zoom-Room.

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