|'Before' view coming in the back door|
|Staircase next to back door|
That's why we gave a lot of thought to the back door on this house. It's right next to the driveway and is the logical entrance. But we knew it needed some changes. When we bought the house, the first thing you saw was this scary staircase to the attic. Needless to say, it didn't take long for us to decide it had to go.
|'After' view coming in the back door|
There were a couple of things we wanted for this back entrance. 1) It needed to have a place to stow coats, boots, mittens (this is Maine after all), right as you come in the door. So we created a mud room with lots of hooks for 'stuff', and a bench to pull your boots on and off. We used bead board for a vintage touch - but it's also incredibly hard wearing. And as an extra touch, we install radiant heat in front of the bench, so your toes can stay toasty warm as you slip off your shoes! The flooring is a US made mock-travertine (super durable!) with a marble mosaic inset.
2) Equally important was having a powder room on the first floor. Am I the only person that seems to always need the bathroom when I get home? We liked the idea of having the powder room right next to the mud room and tucked out of the way of the rest of the house.
It's a small space, but with the vintage style pedestal sink and beadboard walls, it has an old fashioned charm. We added an oval medicine chest from Kohler and Pottery Barn Mercer sconces, to complete the look. And again, we have radiant heat to keep the floor toasty warm in the winter.
Best of all, we added new windows to this back space. They're on the east side of the house, so it floods the space with light in the morning.
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