Renovating the 100 year old farm house my mom grew up in – making it a place for us to grow old in.

The Mud Room right now is the home of an enormous pile of wood and the tank for the fuel oil furnace that still lurks in the basement. It has been called “the wood shed” for as long as I can remember and I wouldn’t be surprised if I continue calling it that for a very long time. I always thought it was so cool in there when I was a kid. It has no floor (so it smells awesomely like black dirt) and no electricity, even on hot summer days it was always cool and still. It has no floor but it does have a foundation, does that make sense? It was built a part of the screened-in porch that wraps around the south and west sides of the house and I’m hoping (crosses fingers) that I can simply take the wall down now that separates it from the house without having to add a beam.

Remodeling an old farm house - creating storage and a mud room. Initially my only plan for the wood shed was to ignore its presence all together. But upon looking at my plan my mom piped up and said that it was terrible that my entry was my dining room and it was even worse that there was no closet or place for shoes. She had a point. She also pointed out that the wood shed was already there and just needed a floor. I highly doubt that just “putting a floor in” will be all that entails in getting the “wood shed” to a living space but it is not an opportunity that I can ignore. As you might have guessed all of the furniture in the plan I already have except for the chairs. The storage bench my grandparents made (and will house my dog food and such, hence the two dog bowls sitting beside it) and the dark wood table was also salvaged from the house when we cleaned it out and currently resides in the entry of my mother’s house along with another one. She said I should keep this one and I told that I had just the place for it!


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