Posts Tagged ‘Cape May Bed and Breakfast’

September Update

Posted on: September 17th, 2014 by

Hello from the Bedford in Cape May, NJ. It has been some time since my last update in May. A lot has happened; some good and some not so good. The electrician came, applied for permits and new service was installed within a couple of days. This allowed the electric company to re-install the electric meters. The electricians were able to isolate approximately 10 circuits which allowed us to have limited electric for the builder’s crew to work.

Also, a number of our antiques have been coming back from the restoration and clean-up process! This has been handled by the Antique Door Knob in West Cape May. All I can say is OMG. They are doing an amazing job: the pieces that were in ground zero now look absolutely stunning. I’ve added some before and after pictures to our Facebook fan page.

On Monday, June 23, the builder’s crew showed up to begin clean-up and demolition. First they had to clean out the last of the debris left by the fire. Samples of the plaster and wood molding were taken so they could be reproduced. Then, they covered the hardwood floors and kitchen floors to protect them from further damage. They also had to remove the front door, which was damaged during the fire, and took it to their shop for the restoration process.

A dumpster was delivered and after a second cleanup the demolition process began. They removed the plaster walls and ceiling in the dining room, Robert’s Room (7), Francis’ Room (8), the damaged area of the Joseph Page Suite on the third floor (10) and my office on the first floor, along with other damaged places throughout the building. Once the walls were opened an inspection was made to evaluate other damages that may have occurred, but were not visible up to that point. This revealed more fire, smoke and water damage. More demolition, clean up and the re-framing process began. As the days past, support walls were built to support the structure, new steel and laminate beams were installed and new walls were framed.

As this was happening, a crew for the painting contractor came and started to strip the wall coverings located throughout the inn for cleaning, sealing and installation of new wall coverings. Carpets were removed and all the exposed wood in the walls and ceiling had to be sealed with a KILZ sealer. This is to block any smoke odors. Again, as the days and weeks past, the shape of the new walls started to look like a structure again.They sprayed inside the building with something that aides in eliminating any remaining smoke odor.

It was now time for the plumber to rough in the plumbing and heating lines and the electrician to rough in the electric lines. The plumbers began the arduous task of figuring out where all the pipes, that were cut in order to remove the hot water heater and boiler, led to. Once they figured that out they started installing new hot and cold water lines along with the drains for the bathrooms. The electricians were hard at work running all the new wire for the hardwired smoke detectors and the new receptacles and junction boxes for the lights and switches. As the Bedford was buzzing like an active bee hive, I was getting a sun tan painting the outside of the inn. The first floor outside porch has been repainted except for the front steps and doors where a lot of activities are still taking place. I am now ready to tackle the second floor outside porch.

Things appeared to be going smoothly until this past Thursday, September 11th. The plumbers were ready to turn the water back on and test the water lines. It didn’t take long before water was pouring out of the ceilings and walls from the leaks caused by frozen pipes. Well, it was zero degrees the day of the fire. Even though we took precautions of draining all the water lines and boilers on the day of the fire; it was so cold that some of the pipes were probably already frozen by the time we started to secure the building. As I was pouring antifreeze into all the toilets and sinks, the antifreeze was simply leaking out all over the floor from pipes that had already broken. As the plumbers proceeded to locate the leaks and open up more walls and ceilings, they discovered that the fire must have traveled in the bays located between the first floor ceiling and the second floor all the way across the building to the east side of the inn. On Friday, September 12th, I had a meeting with the General Contractor and the adjuster from the insurance company. After they went through and accessed the new damage it was determined that the new completion date would probably be February or March of 2015. Well, sometimes it just seems like we take one step forward only to take two steps backward.

All of this has been quite stressful. But between my faith and all the support that you all have given me, the Bedford and I will continue on! I would like to thank each and every person that stopped by during the last few months to say hello and offer their support. Not only was it good to see you but it lifted my spirits and put a smile on my face. Thank you!

VERY LAST MINUTE UPDATE: As of this post it appears that we have cold water working throughout the inn without leaks. YEAH!


Cape May Survived Huricane Irene

Posted on: September 15th, 2011 by

Cape May, New Jersey and it’s Bed and Breakfasts survived Hurricane Irene.  As usual the weather folks got this one wrong.  Don’t get me wrong, we complied and evacuated as requested but how many times can you cry wolf before one starts to ignore the warnings?  I am thankful that we have a Cape May to come back to.  If the weather folks were correct in their prediction,  I think Cape May would have been wiped off the map; so I am glad they were wrong again.  It was quite an interesting week for me.  Starting with the calls to cancel reservations for the upcoming storm and at this point I didn’t even know anything about it’s pending arrival.  It is very frustrating for innkeepers here in town as we are constantly struggling with the poor predictions of the weather people.  I have to say as long as I have been here I think they have been wrong 100% of the time.  Well, maybe 99.99% of the time.  That doesn’t mean I would want anyone to put themselves in danger but when you are trying to survive in our business it really makes it difficult to overcome the poor predictions, even the routine everyday ones, when someone is telling folks it’s going to rain and it turns out to be a beautiful sunny day.  I kid around all the time with people.  I tell them, “It doesn’t rain in Cape May”.  Now in reality it does but very infrequently and definitely not even close to the amount of times they predict it will.   So the next time you want to know the weather in Cape May just call me and I’ll stick my head out the window and give you a much more accurate assessment of  the current conditions here in Cape May.  LOL


Cape May All Year Round

Posted on: July 25th, 2010 by

Many people may think that Cape May is just like any other shore town.  Open for the summer months but nothing happening the rest of the year.  That is not true.  Cape May has events happening all year long.  Not only can you have your normal summer time fun in the sun on our awesome beaches but you have activities keeping you busy at least 9 months out of the year if not all year long.  This is largely due to the MAC (Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities) sponsored events that keep Cape May, NJ one of the busiest shore towns in existence.  I remember when Stephanie asked me if I wanted to go to Cape May in the fall-winter months and I said like most others would say, “What is there to do at the shore in the winter?”  Well I have learned that there is a lot to do here all year round.  The MAC sponsored events like Spring Festival, Music Festival, Sherlock Holmes Weekend, Victorian Weekend, and of course the famous Candlelight tours at Christmas time can have you busy in Cape May for most of the year.  No matter when you are looking to get away, there is a good chance something is going on in Cape May.  If you would like more information on these awesome events visit the MAC web site at www.capemaymac.org .


Cape May Bed and Breakfast

Posted on: July 15th, 2010 by

Cape May Bed and Breakfast innkeeper/owner Archie Kirk was sitting on the porch the other day in a rocking chair, slightly exhausted from the many daily chores of an innkeeper.  I started to think about how blessed I was to be in the greatest resort town in the country, Cape May, NJ.  As the cool ocean breeze blew by I started to sink deeper into the chair relaxing more and more.  I started to reminisce about the first time I came to Cape May twenty years ago with my wife, Stephanie.  From the moment we drove into Cape May and spent our first night at a Cape May Bed and Breakfast we fell in love with this wonderful seaside resort by the sea.  What was so special about this place that kept us coming back for more?  Was it the charm of the Victorian architecture, the clip pity-clop of the horse and carriages going up and down the street, the beautiful Cape May beaches, or was it the many activities offered here for our enjoyment?  We loved it so much we purchased our first property several years ago and moved to Cape May year round about six years ago.  As a person who has vacationed here for many years I realized that the reason I love Cape May so much was because when I came here not only did I love the awesome beaches but I loved all of the activities that were offered here; the tours the history, the museums, the events like Sherlock Holmes Weekend and of course Victorian week with the dancing.  This was my escape from reality.  This was the place I could come to when I needed to relax.  This was my Disney World in New Jersey.  As Stephanie and I traveled to other resort destinations throughout the East Coast we realized more and more that there is no place like home.  There is no place like Cape May, NJ.  What is the difference?  The difference is that none of these other towns have all of the year round activities that Cape May has to offer.  The MAC (Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts) sponsored events that distinguish Cape May, NJ from the other seaside resorts.