Plympton couple starring in new HGTV show on repairing historic homes – CBS Boston

PLYMPTON (CBS) – A Plympton couple will star in a brand new HGTV series, Houses with history, premiere later this week.

Jenny Macdonald and Mike Lemieux, owners of Full Circle Home, spoke with WBZ-TV back in 2020 for the station’s It Happens Here series.

By that time, they had hidden and restored dozens of antique homes on the south coast. Their ability to renovate and preserve historic spaces was eventually recognized by a Massachusetts native and HGTV star, Jonathan Knight, a member of “New Kids On The Block.”

“Jon Knight, we have to give him the credit. He was down here looking at the building we’re standing in. It was a dirt floor, a total wreck in here at the time, but Jon came through and saw some of our work. He started his Farmhouse Fixer show, and he said, ‘You should have your own show.’ They came out and made a quick sizzle roll, and we got the green light for an entire series, ”Macdonald explained.

The six-episode series was filmed during the pandemic and presented even more challenges than renovating a home usually entails.

“When you talk about filming and renovating as many houses as we had to, managing subcontractors, trying to stay COVID-safe, and then you run into the supply chain. The normal challenge of renovating a house has quadrupled. We had a very safe, strict plan for all our employees, including testing 3 times a week. We remained safe through it all, ”said Lemieux.

The series follows designer Macdonald, history buff Lemieux and carpenter Rich Soares as they receive 6 dilapidated antique homes on the South Shore, some up to 300 years old (the oldest house featured was built in 1666.) Film crews traveled around all the way around, shooting in Plymouth, Pembroke, Plympton, Kingston, Duxbury, Marshfield, Middleborough, Carver, West Barnstable, Sandwich and Bourne. Local artisans are also brought in to help during each section.

“We take a lot of time to dig into the history of the people who lived there. Not everyone is George Washington, but everyone in their city or in their locality could have been very significant and you just did not know anything about them. So if we can reveal some of that story and allow people to relate to it when they move in, they can say, ‘Oh wow, this home was part of the industrial revolution in this city or the economy or this person played a very important role. ‘You just do not know or necessarily always hear about them,’ Lemieux told WBZ.

Mike Lemieux and Jenny Macdonald. (WBZ-TV)

“Many of these houses, we really save them. One of them we bid on another contractor to tear it down. We truly pour our hearts and souls into this and want to save any historic home. It’s a piece of history you can never get back when it’s torn down, ”Macdonald added.

So what can viewers expect to see in season one?

“Mike is pretty funny. Rich and Mike really play each other up. I think you get a laugh out of it. You will also learn something and you will definitely see me cry, ”Macdonald said.

“We want people to feel that the story is actually extremely interesting. You are a vital part of it, you can help preserve it and it is important to do so for the future. That’s where we came from, that’s who we are, and that’s who we want to continue to be. There is no real separation between today and yesterday. We are all a part of it, and so can you, ”said Lemieux.

Houses With History premieres on Wednesday, September 29 at 21.00 on HGTV and Discovery Plus.

Full Circle Homes hosts a premiere party on the old hayfield on Crescent Street in Plympton in an effort to keep everyone outside and socially distanced. Afterwards, there will be live music by the Massachusetts-based folk band David Wax Museum. For tickets click here.


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