Day 1 of our winter renovation at the Freeman


We just closed the Captain Freeman yesterday to prepare for our winter renovations. Since we are upgrading our electric and need to be “off the grid” for periods of time (with lots of dust), we decided it was probably best to close until all of the renovation are complete.

One of our guests just suggested that they would like to see our progress through the renovation. Bill- this one is for you:)

Day 1- We have been planning this renovation since August and gave all of our contractors the date of October 26th to begin. Byron and I have spent the last several months planning, drawing and ordering product. Everything is here and in place. We had a great day yesterday getting ready and all of our staff came together to move furniture and to empty all of the rooms that will be renovated.

Shown below is OUR progress as none of the contractors showed up today:( Our main contractor Darek is finishing up a big new home job and the electrician and plumber can’t start until the demo is done. Oh well……patience is a virtue.


Priorities first……we have moved Harrison’s food and water bowl to the living room. He is confused.


IMG_2374Soon to come- a new Farm to Table kitchen with granite counter tops, a large farmhouse table and the best part- a new tile floor with heater pads. I still can’t imagine walking on a warm floor in the winter. There will also be a new gas fireplace on the side wall.

IMG_2378The former dining room, shown below, is going to be our new living room. New pictures to follow of the new dining room which is going to be in the former Ladies library in the front of the building. We have been using this room as a staff room but are so excited to share it with our guests as it has a newly remodeled bath, original details including a ceiling medallion and bookcases filled with Byron’s books. We are adding a romantic fireplace in this  room which will be a cheerful dining room for our guests.


IMG_2384Innkeepers’ temporary desk area in the kitchen.  Byron is always good at keeping our electronics functioning properly.

IMG_2375Everything from the kitchen, dining room and Mashpee have been moved into the Orleans room and the Parlor. We took the old carpet from the dining room and placed it on the parlor floor to protect the original flooring and to place all of the raw hardwood flooring that is coming this week.

IMG_2379Shown is this picture is our dear handy man, Antonio. He has been with us now for over 6 years and has been so helpful with our maintenance and remodeling projects. This picture was taken in the old Mashpee bath and will be our new bath to include a new shower and tub. We were moving things around so had to take everything down to the raw studs.

IMG_2376Current tea room is NOT open for tea!

IMG_2381Old Mashpee room will be our new bedroom. Will include new windows and hardwood flooring and a LARGE new closet for Donna:)

IMG_2386This shot is from our Eastham room and was cleared to work on the new gas stove that will be in the corner where the king bed was. We are moving the bed to the back wall which will be a perfect location to look at the fireplace and the serene back woods. We chose a gas stove that was similar to the one is Mashpee. It will add a wonderful ambiance as well as being an efficient and quiet heat source for the room.

This same stove will be in Barntable and P’Town will have a modern wall gas fireplace, keeping in tune with the modern flare in that room.


More pictures to follow as we progress. Hoping to see some contractors soon:(

6 thoughts on “Day 1 of our winter renovation at the Freeman

  1. How exciting is this going to be, but was just thinking it was time to head down to spend time on the Cape. Will keep watching your progress.

    • HI Lorraine, Just figured our how to reply to the comments:) Isn’t technology grand! We would love to have you both visit us at Brewster by the Sea. Guessing we will reopen the Freeman around Valentines day……I am feeling the desire to have a huge party with lots of chocolate and good cheer. Wishing you both a peaceful and healthy holiday season. Fondly, Donna


    • Hi Pam,

      Hard to believe that Thanksgiving is almost upon us and that you will be here to enjoy Brewster for the Holidays. Hopefully by then some of the finish work will be started when we give you the tour. See you soon, Donna, Byron and Harrison too

  3. Donna and Byron,
    Such exciting renovations and love your blog 🙂
    We can’t wait for our wedding weekend this summer with you!!
    Betsy & John

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