Updating capes

A well-preserved Cape can usually adapt to modern life.

But if it hasn’t been restored, these fixer-uppers can cause many headaches.

If your Cape has hollow core or even solid core doors, consider replacing them with solid wood doors.

Between the 1960s and 1990s, a lot of construction went downhill from a quality standpoint, Steenlage remarks.

“We haven’t found a good do-it-yourself solution [for Capes],” he admits.

Changing the doors in your home may seem like an insignificant change, but it can add a lot of authentic character.

“But you always want to be aware of what you might need five years from now.” The reason: Homeowners often spend ,000 or so to make updates, only to find that they won’t work long-term.

“Think five years out, and sometimes finance more, to solve the problem right the first time,” Steenlage advises.

“When you buy more foundation, you’re buying more potential in that home,” adds Steenlage.

The living room is the strength of the home in a Cape Cod house — it’s often already outfitted with a sizable fireplace.