Category Archives: The Remodel

The Lawrence Room

April 26, 2010 by insideout

The Lawrence room is named after H.V. Lawrence who was a well known arborist in Cape Cod and is responsible for the beautiful and unique trees and shrubs on The Captain’s Manor Inn property.ย  The room has recently undergone a significant renovation/redecoration and I am pleased to post a before and after picture for you to see.


The Lawrence Room after

The Lawrence Room Before

A wise neighbor hangs out

April 24, 2010 by insideout

During our spring yard cleaning today Kevin made a unique discovery.ย  Perched in a back yard pine tree was a baby owl.ย  We were able to snap some pictures …..Kevin Jr. was so daring as to climb a nearby tree at one point to snap a closeup.

Trying to let sleeping birds lie...

Up close and almost personal

The sign is up!

April 24, 2010 by insideout

How exciting…today we picked up the beautiful hand carved sign for the Inn done by local cape cod sign carver Anne Downs.ย  It was a family affair to get the sign up and in position.ย  Kevin and I plus son Kevin each had our job to do and after about 2o minutes we had success with the sign in place.

Landscaping has begun

April 21, 2010 by insideout

What a great day.ย  Spring is in the air and the landscaping has begun.ย  The crews are busy at work bringing our bed and breakfast park-like lawns back to glory.ย  An early owner of the property, H.V. Lawrence, was a well known arborist and there are beautiful trees and plantings on the property.ย  One of the reasons we were drawn to purchase this cape cod bed and breakfast property in January was the beauty of the grounds and our desire to revitalize the Inn property both internally and externally.ย  The grounds team is working diligently and shared that some of the grounds have not been attended to in several years so the pruning was very much needed.

A few pictures of the work are posted for you to enjoy.

New stone for the front walkway through the wrought iron gate

Getting ready to pump the mulch into a back yard garden

Years of neglect of the grounds is apparent

Getting heat efficient

April 21, 2010 by insideout

For those of you interested in the mechanical side of things I am posting some pictures of the previous boiler/heating system and the new one.

The previous one has been our Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast since 1959 and was operating at 64% efficiency…if the truth be told that was the year of my birth and I sure hope I am operating at better than 64% efficiency but anyways….

The new heating system is about 1/3 the size of the previous and is operating at 98% efficiency.

The old heating system was about 1500 pounds of cast iron and the new system is about 200 pounds of aluminum.

New efficient heating system

The dismantled cast iron boiler system - 1500 lbs of it!

Moving history

April 12, 2010 by insideout

Our cape cod bed & breakfast was built in 1849 when the horse and buggy were the main means of transportation and as we know that time has changed.ย  The circular driveway that surrounds Captain’s Manor Inn is marked at the front of the entrance and exit by large pink granite pillars and a wrought iron fence.ย  The pillars were plenty wide enough for a horse and buggy but certainly not for the SUV’s and trucks that adorn the roads today.ย  So following a presentation to the historical commission we received permission to move the inner most granite pillar on the entrance and the exit areas of the driveway by one foot to help make our guests access easier.ย  Today the work is underway to move the pillars ….

Ready to lift!!!

The original entrance spacing

The original exit spacing

Down and out!!!!!!!!!!!

The old and the new

April 8, 2010 by insideout

Today marked the day for the new ceiling fans to be installed in the living room, the chandelier on one end of the rom moved from the living room to the foyer and the old outdoor three canister spot light in the other end ofย  the living room moved to the trash.ย ย ย  With this upgrade you wanted to take our Cape Cod bed & breakfast back to reflect more of the time in which is was built.ย  Now in the warm days of summer you can enjoy fresh air from the neighboring sea shore as it circulates in from the windows leading to the 1900 square foot veranda to the living room of the Inn.

Notice the three can outdoor spotlight - very interesting

The chandelier in its old location

Loving the new ceiling fans with ambient light above and dimming lights below.

Exterior Updates

April 5, 2010 by insideout

The deck floor starts to go down.

Now that nice weather is here activity has picked up on the exterior of the Inn.ย ย  Our approvals are in from the historical commission so work is underway on replacing the roof and replacing the verandah floor of the entire wraparound deck.

Sure is high on this third story!

verandah decking

The old floor is up and new floor braces are in.

Early remodeling

March 30, 2010 by insideout

Can't wait for the rainshower!

A little update on our bed & breakfast remodeling completed to date:ย  removed the 1959 heating system (yes I did write 1959) that was operating at 64% efficiency and installed new 94% efficient system and blew in insulation to the top floors of the building.

Room updates so far: Nye and Forbes have new ceilings, carpets, bathrooms, wall paint (out with the wallpaper – in with the paint); Lawrence has new wall paint and carpet; Canopy and Tuscany have new carpet.

The dining and living room have been updated including paint, carpet, furniture, and elegant ceiling fans.