How to Keep Your Old Home Looking New: An Interview with David Thorn of Thorn Restoration & Renovation

Please describe a little bit about your company and the services you offer.

Thorn Restoration & Renovation is a residential and commercial construction business committed to preserving historic construction and creating quality craftsmanship. We offer antique home restoration, barn dismantling or restoration, home remodeling, custom cabinetry, decks and additions.

What are some things I can do to make sure my older home stays intact and remains durable?

Old homes are durable. The best thing to do is to restore the old floors, doors, and some of the old plaster walls.

How has your work with historical renovations helped you with your residential projects?

Antique homes have small rooms and little storage. The experience of working with small rooms and knowing how to add storage areas without taking up too much space has been beneficial to residential projects. In addition, I try to add wainscoting, classic crown molding, and some of the staples of antique homes that can add character and charm to newer homes.

Does the renovation of older homes differ significantly from newer homes?

In older homes, lines are not straight, the rooms are smaller, and there is little storage. We have to make adjustments when renovating an antique home to ensure we're fixing and adding elements that don't take away from the originality of the home and don't cover up classic features.

How have you incorporated green building principles into your services?

I recycle antique fixture, doors, and windows as much as possible. I also try to leave old windows and just add double pane glass so old windows are still being used but are offering the proper insulation.

What's the best way for people to get in contact with you?

Homeowners can contact me at 617-759-7008 or by email at

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