Design Tips from Monica MacKenzie Designs and This Old House on Historic Home Renovations

Monica MacKenzie of Monica MacKenzie Designs called her Wide Plank Specialist, Lynne Rafuse, today to share some exciting news!  A home she had recently worked on, the historic Benjamin King home,  had recently been featured on This Old House.  Monica walks through the house with This Old House Host Kevin O'Connor. Watch the video and click on Scene Selection #4 to go right to the segment.

Monica shows you how you can combine old and new both inside and outside.

Outside the exterior details are important like the shingles,clapboards, windows, window panes and Landscaping from the fieldstone and the brick pavers. (photo from,,20552167,00.html)





Inside she shows off the 250 year old paneling, exposed beams, and original brick fireplace and the new Carlisle Wide Plank Pine floors that look like they have been there as long as the paneling.  (Photo from,,20552167,00.html)






Then she moves into the kitchen to display the distressed cabinets and teak island, soapstone sink, hard working mudroom, reclaimed beams, European stove, and Reclaimed Heart Pine Floors.   (Photo from




All included to enhance the authenticity of the addition but without sacrificing the heritage of the home. Contact Monica MacKenzie at for design or general constracting projects at 781-910-8686, and see more of her work at her website.

Filed Under: Historic Restoration | Home Building & Contracting | Pine Flooring | Reclaimed Flooring | Residential Spaces |

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