This Old House 2018 Idea House Grand Opening Celebration

Ann Gardner
Marketing Director


This Old House 2018 Idea House Grand Opening Celebration in Narragansett, RI



Tour a one-of-a-kind coastal home, meet TOH TV crew members and the design and building teams, and enjoy an exhibit of Rhode Island artists.

Narragansett, RI, August 21, 2018 – 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 celebration will allow visitors to tour the home for a firsthand look at new innovations in custom coastal home building and renovations. The event is open to the public and admission is free.  Following are event details:

THIS OLD HOUSE 2018 Idea House


Saturday, September 8th, 2018
Noon to 4pm

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.

To learn more, visit For additional questions, please contact Ann Gardner at

About This Old House Ventures, LLC

This Old House Ventures, LLC, is America’s No. 1 multiplatform home-enthusiast brand, providing trusted information and expert advice through its award-winning television shows, This Old House and Ask This Old House, its highly regarded This Old House magazine, and its inspiration- and information-driven digital properties, including This Old House and Ask This Old House are produced by This Old House Ventures, LLC, and are presented on PBS by WGBH Boston. National underwriting for This Old House TV is provided by GMC, The Home Depot, State Farm Insurance Company, Marvin Windows & Doors, Gorilla Glue, HomeAdvisor, Festool, and HomeServe USA. Established as This Old House Ventures, LLC, the company is headquartered in Stamford, CT, with offices in New York, Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta, Toronto, and Concord, MA.

About Sweenor Builders

Based in coastal Rhode Island, Sweenor Builders Incorporated is an award-winning builder of luxury custom homes.  The firm’s portfolio features a full range of in-house design/build and interior design services, as well as collaborations with New England’s leading architects.  Founded in 1989, the company has become one of Southern Rhode Island’s most sought-after builders thanks to the guiding principles of its President and CEO Jeff Sweenor. He surrounds himself with craftsman who share his passion for delivering rewarding client experiences, and quality homes that last for generations.

About Union Studio Architecture & Community Design

Union Studio was founded in 2001 with the goal of making an impactful civic contribution to communities of all types through exemplary architecture and urban design. The firm served as the architects on the Concord Riverwalk project and received an Honorable Mention from the New England Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for their work on the project. The Union team embraces a traditional, pedestrian-friendly approach to design featuring vibrant, beautiful spaces that help to enrich our communal and civic life.

About Graceke Interiors

Based in Narragansett, RI, Graceke Design is an interior design company serving RI, MA, CT, and New England.  Owner Kristen Martone is known for adding a classic touch of East Coast ambiance to her work. A graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, she prides herself on crafting elegant, comfortable spaces that celebrate the unique ways her clients want to experience “home.”  Kristen began her relationship with Sweenor Builders as a project consultant. The successful collaboration quickly bloomed into a full-time partnership.  Today, she manages interior design needs for Sweenor while continuing to lead and operate Graceke Design and its portfolio of clients.

About Landscape Creations of Rhode Island

Landscape Creations of Rhode Island works with New England’s top landscape architecture firms, and the most discerning clients, to construct extraordinary landscapes.  Based in Saunderstown, RI, the firm’s projects range from urban oasis gardens to sprawling coastal estates, and everything in between.  Jon Zeyl founded the company in 1988 and continues to lead it today.  He holds a degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Rhode Island and is a licensed contractor in RI, MA, and CT.  Certified in various disciplines such as horticulture, coastal management, and invasive plant management. Jon is supported by an expansive field crew including some of the industry’s most reliable and capable craftsmen.     

About Jessica Hagen Fine Art & Design

Founded in 2005, Jessica Hagen Fine Art & Design is located in beautiful Newport, RI and features contemporary works created by living artists throughout the Northeast and beyond. Hagen curates the gallery’s collection of painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics and jewelry, presenting numerous exhibitions every year. For the TOH 2018 Idea House, Hagen curated a special collection exclusively featuring Rhode Island artists to give the home a sense of place and celebrate the Ocean State.

Posted on September 4, 2018 .