I'm not sure if you call it a foyer, since it's a common entrance to both apartments. But I think it's an amazing space with a lot of potential. It has the original bead board ceiling, clapboard siding, and beautiful doors with their original hardware.
Of course it needs a few changes! We'll eliminate 1) the windows that are the backside of the shower units for the 1st floor bathrooms, 2) the bathroom exhaust vents that stink up the room, 3) the indoor/outdoor carpeting that's covering up original floors.
And I'd like to make it a giant mudroom, with a separate storage unit for each tenant. So, the plan is to put a closet, mud bench, and coat rack on each side, next to their front doors.
Once the guys pulled the windows out, I started the design. I needed to figure out dimensions for the layout. Painters tape is great for this, because you can apply it and remove it as much as you need to - to get the right proportions.
From that, I came up with this layout. I'm going to use IKEA units for the closets, with a 5 panel glass door. It's a nice blend of traditional and contemporary that will look great in the space. Waterhouse Builders will install them with a kickspace below and crown moulding above - so they will look like custom built ins. Next to each unit is a mud bench for putting on snow boots. The benches will have wooden furniture legs for additional support and a little additional style. Above each bench will be two rows of coat hooks, for lots of hanging space. And we'll use a wide plank V-groove bead board to continue that blend of contemporary and traditional.
But before any of the custom woodwork can start, we needed to tear out the old carpet and get the floors cleaned up. Underneath, we have tired old pine floors.
The team from Peter's Hardwood cleaned them up in no time. They sanded them and did two coats of polyurethane. We'll do the final coat when everything else is complete.
We hope to start on the woodwork in the next couple of weeks. But what do you think? Doesn't it look better already? Won't this be nice for the new tenants?
Light Fixtures - Lamps Plus - Franklin Park Vintage Metal Cage
Closets - IKEA
Copper Clock - Smith & Hawken