The house renovation series “Houses with History” takes you on a stroll through history and design and holds you firmly to your places
“Houses with History” is a house renovation series for 2021. The show features historian Mike Lemieux, professional carpenter Rich Soares and designer Jennifer Macdonald; a dedicated trio up to the challenge of saving stunning vintage homes in Plymouth. Your main job is to rescue old properties in the area. The series is about more than just renovating. His primary focus is preserving and restoring the heritage of some of America’s oldest historic homes.
The team is scanning Plymouth County and the surrounding wooded areas south of Boston. They bump open and transform houses from the 18th and 19th centuries into brand new homes while preserving their natural history. For this motivated team, saving a house means saving a piece of history. In addition, they share with us the creation and renovation stories of these houses!
In the final episode of Houses with History, Mike, Rich and Jennifer take a look at Wapping Road in Kingston, MA. It used to be the residence of the Faunce family, who in 1623 with the ship “Anne” belonged to the original members of the Plymouth Colony.
The house has lots of cool details and is spread over about 13 acres of land. It is also made clear to us that if the house is sold at a high price, the budget for renovation costs will be low.
Here is a first look at the houses before the team stepped in with its finesse.
Overall, the house was pretty worn out due to a lack of maintenance and climate changes. Every centimeter had to be examined in detail and professionally repaired.
As already mentioned, the team has left no stone unturned! Jennifer’s attention to detail was well used to convert this brown vintage table into a kitchen cabinet for stocking up on spices and edibles. Creativity is her middle name, no doubt about it!
After working on Wapping Road, the numbers come into play. The purchase price was approximately $ 229,000 and the renovation cost was $ 350,000. The house was priced at $ 585,000 and sold for $ 650,000!
To get a better idea of all the work on the house, here’s a little clip that Jennifer shared on her Instagram page “jennyatfullcirclehomes”.
‘Houses With History’ airs only on HGTV every Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET / PT.