Hooksett man aims to save frame of historic Newmarket home

Union Leader Correspondent
October 05. 2017 11:52PM
This saltbox house frame in Newmarket would make for a good home or store, according to Phil Laplante of Hooksett. (KIMBERLEY HAAS/Union Leader Correspondent)

Phil Laplante was featured on four episodes of HGTV’s “Tiny House Builders” in 2014 because of his work in salvage. Now, he wants to find someone who can relocate a saltbox-style home from the 1700s. (KIMBERLEY HAAS/Union Leader Correspondent)

NEWMARKET — A Hooksett man who works with historic buildings is hoping to save the frame of a 1768 saltbox house he is tearing down for a landowner in Newmarket.

Phil Laplante has marked each gunstock post hoping that someone will take an interest in the 1,812-square-foot house and take it off the 14-acre lot it sits on at 41 Neal Mill Road so it can be reassembled elsewhere.

Laplante said it would make a good frame for a home or store.

“I do want to give this building one last chance,” Laplante said Tuesday afternoon.

Laplante was featured on four episodes of HGTV’s “Tiny House Builders” in 2014 because of his work in the salvage business. Laplante has been in the field for 30 years and owns Custom Barns on Hidden Ranch Drive in Hooksett, where he specializes in design, construction and demolition.

Laplante has had luck relocating historic homes before. When officials in Kingston wanted to build Sanborn Regional High School in 2001, he was tasked with taking down the Swett Farm house, where generations of family members were raised for over a century.

One day, a newspaper reporter stopped by and asked Laplante what he was doing.

“The following week, someone from Massachusetts came by and took the place,” Laplante said.

Laplante said he believes the saltbox in Newmarket served as housing for the Neal Mill owner at one point, saying he found a black and white photo and lock of hair belonging to Jean Silverman, who lived in the house for many years. She never married and traveled the world, he said. Laplante said her parents bought the house in the 1920s.

According to Zillow, the house and land was last sold in April for $241,733.

For more information about the historic frame, contact Laplante at 836-5109.


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