Fletcher contacted Rupert Bankert a local builder in Provincetown who could help with the extensive renovations. When it came to demolition, stripping, sanding, and painting, Fletcher and Walden did much of the work themselves. The house was jacked up and a new foundation was poured, which allowed for a basement guest suite and office. Antique bricks were used as the facing for the foundation, maintaining a historical look. “We’re not purists, but we did want to preserve as much of the original structure as possible,” says Fletcher. The second floor had a cluster of small rooms that weren’t functional, so Bankert opened the space up into one large master suite with a cathedral ceiling, and installed beadboard with a pickled staining.
Furniture maker Joseph Van Benten built the contemporary cherry bed for the space. Jim Ialeggio, owner of Architectural Detail in Wood, replicated the windows using examples of period Capes in town. The old staircase was removed and a new freestanding stair took its place. Bankert also reproduced the front door casing with Federal flourishes and an arched fanlight. “We really looked at the forensics of the house to give us direction as to how to restore the façade,” says Fletcher. Bankert added a shuttered door found in Lancaster to the front door. The retrofit offers breezes without the bugs during the summer months.