Above photo: Mike Casey for This Old House
Every so often, Pine Hall Brick works on a project that’s special. This one certainly was.

In early June, PBS’s This Old House closed out the Dorchester project, which was the repair and renovation of a fire-damaged triple-decker apartment building in a Boston neighborhood. One of the projects within the renovation centered on refurbishing the outdoors. A new planting area and new fencing were put in the front. Out back, a retaining wall and a clay paver patio provide a place for relaxing outdoors.

L-R: Fred Pendleton, of K&R Landscape, Jenn Nawada, landscape designer and This Old House host, Kevin O’Connor on finished English Edge Full Range patio in Dorchester.
Pine Hall Brick Company donated English Edge Full Range pavers, sand and crusher run to the effort. On-site, the idea of an outdoor space and the joy of working together, in the middle of a pandemic and with a snowstorm forecast for the next day, converted the This Old House cast and crew, who are ordinarily on-air talent, painting contractors, carpenters, camera and sound experts, everybody, into paver installers for a day.

Watch the wrap-up episode here!

Above photo: Mike Casey for This Old House
Landscape designer Jenn Nawada put it this way: “The spirit of the project…we were able to gift Carol with an outdoor living space that she could enjoy. Material was donated, labor was donated. It was really a great feeling…this patio was a labor of love. The insurance company would not pay for it and Carol didn’t have the money. So what we decided to do was have everybody chip in. So we had Fred and his crew, Mark [masonry expert] and his crew and a bunch of other cast members hop in and make this really beautiful outdoor space. We chose a herringbone pattern that made it like a bistro area.”
Landscape designer Jenn Nawada with the crew on the way to the project. Each crew member had a favorite moment from this project.