The Captain Lord Mansion Winter renovations were extensive and expensive! However, everything done since last fall should enhance the overall guest enjoyment of our romantic Kennebunkport Bed & Breakfast inn.
We are excited to announce the completion of winter renovations here at the Captain Lord Mansion and to show you pictures of some of the work done. Work actually began in the fall of 2015, when workmen begin demolition work on the main chimney ; think Gathering Room Fireplace. Workers had to tear the chimney down to the roof and rebuild it completely. While working on that chimney, they discovered a second chimney needed re-pointing. So, that work was added to the cost of the job!
Then, in the fall, other workmen began installing whisper-quiet wall air conditioning units in each Captain Lord Mansion guest room. Hooray, no more noisy window A/C units! And there’s no more lugging the old window units back and forth to the Carriage House for winter storage.
Unfortunately, in early February, 2016 we had to have the two Buckeye Trees removed on the side yard of the inn. They were severely diseased and posed a safety hazard to guests and to the inn. We can only imagine if one of those giant trees had fallen in a windstorm; either personal injury or property damage would have been severe. The side lawn at the Captain Lord Mansion looks quite barren.
Our daughter Stacia was home over the New Years holiday. She was a great help at the Captain Lord Mansion holiday dinner; then, in January she helped Bev wallpaper the Union room. Also, she painted the Regulator room ceiling. She’s shown here pointing to her work! We are very grateful for her help.
In early February, we began the major undertaking of completely redoing the Hesper room. Rick spent a whole week sanding the woodwork in preparation for fresh paint. After the painting was completed, Bev and Rick wallpapered the room. Rick always does the cutting and pasting, while Bev does the important part; hanging the paper. Here is a picture of the completed room.
Additionally, we had new, plush, wall-to-wall carpet installed in the Dana, Union, Ophelia and Excelsior Captain Lord Mansion guestrooms. Here is a picture of the Excelsior room with the new carpet. The installers told us that the carpet in Excelsior is the best money can buy!
For a final Captain Lord Mansion winter renovation, Bev just completed freshening the bath in the Callender room. She tiled the wall behind the vanity and painted the walls and woodwork. Also, we replaced the vanity which had some damage.
Finally, we added new comfortable chairs to Dana, Ophelia, Union and Excelsior Captain Lord Mansion guestrooms.
Another behind the scenes repair was replacing the main hot water boiler, not an inexpensive maintenance issue, but certainly necessary when providing hot water to sixteen Captain Lord Mansion guest rooms, laundry and kitchen! To end on a positive note, here is a picture showing the serenity and beauty of Bev’s decorating, a main theme of Captain Lord Mansion winter renovations.
Well, there you have it; a winter’s worth of expensive repairs and maintenance designed to enhance your visit to our romantic bed & breakfast inn. Your innkeepers, Bev Davis and Rick Litchfield