Worth Waiting For

A Provincetown condo renovation rewards patience and realizes a long-held dream.

By Kiley Jacques | Photography by Dan Cutrona

The patience maintained by Sean Martin and Adam Rogers during their 10-year search for a Provincetown home paid off in spades. A year after finding their West Vine Street condominium, they reflect on how it all came together, thanks to Cape Associates and Pacheco-Robb Architects.

Mark Kinnane, project manager and vice president of Cape Associates, was charged with reconfiguring the layout. Beginning with the kitchen, a once dark and cramped space, the couple explains how removing a wall made room for the cascading island with Caeasarstone countertops—a star addition. An electrical panel was relocated to be able to frame the refrigerator with a wood veneer.

Custom fireplace with slate surround and paneled backing.

Particularly striking are the eight-inch-wide “Esplanade” French oak plank floors—an excellent complement to the reclaimed wood-wrapped ceiling beams. Of the original plastered beams, Rogers says: “We wanted to beef them up a bit to be able to put lighting in.” They now feature a combination of cam LED downlighting and uplighting for dramatic effect.

The living room draws its contemporary character, in part, from the gas fireplace with horizontal slate surround, Rove Concepts slump-back chair, and standing lamp with telescope base by Light & Living. “It’s a piece of art,” notes Martin. “And it matches the first-floor bedroom side lamps.” Much of the art, accessories and lamps were purchased at local stores. Rogers names Roots, Wildflower and Shor among them.

One of more important aspects of the project was redesigning the staircase, which fell to Pacheco-Robb Architects. It began with the dismantling of a spiral staircase Rogers describes as “clumsy” and “nerve-racking.” Both the stair and the roof hatch to which it leads were widened. The cable-rail system is remarkable for the way in which it meets code; to avoid the need for a second railing, which would eat into the already narrow space, the oak banister runs without breaks for the entire length of the stair. “They were able to make a very unique connection along the way—the angles on the railing are really amazing,” says Rogers.

Roof hatch with Dayliter frame by Cape Associates.

Of note upstairs is an oddly shaped bedroom with gabled ceiling to which they added a solar-operated skylight with built-in shade. “In Provincetown, space is at a premium, so we wanted to make sure we could get a queen bed in that room,” explains Rogers, adding that finding a bed to fit was a challenge. The white color treatment combined with minimalistic bedside tables and lamps keep the space from feeling tight.

Another sizable undertaking was the rooftop deck, which was unfinished. “We saw that as a huge missed opportunity,” notes Rogers. Cape Associates built a frame around the roof hatch, which has a six-foot door and opens more than 90 degrees—allowing for easy access. They also laid Azek decking over the rubber roof, and placed two-inch stanchions around the rail’s outer edge. Rogers and Martin chose the sectional and the cantilever umbrellas to complete the outdoor space, which affords ocean views.

After a decade-long wait, the couple couldn’t be more pleased. Their P-town home is a carefully curated respite to which loved ones regularly flock.

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