Well people, this is farewell, at least for now, to the ‘Little Brick Cottage’… yes, I’m sorry, I love it too, but like I told you at the beginning when we bought this antique house, it was a project for me to fix up, breath new life into it and then either sell or rent it. For now it’s being rented by a wonderful family that loves it.
However, I still do have one last room, the back entry, to show you, from start to finish, then it’s out the door and let this family live in peace in this charming home.
When we bought this house the back entry was ‘yucky’ at best. There was no natural light in the space, there was a door closing the kitchen to the entry, yet it was completely opened to the basement and felt dangerously close to the first basement step.
I told you as we were working on this space how we needed to enlarge the actual entry floor by stealing space from the basement steps in creating a triangle step here.
So now, all completed, the new wall and door completely separate the basement from finished living space, and makes the entry feel much safer and looks a lot cuter.
Here’s another collage showing the before during and after… Whereas before the back entry was an eyesore, it is now a darling farmhouse style feature viewable from the kitchen.
Now let’s get to a few detailed pics:
From the kitchen, it’s so cute and welcoming, I purposely continued the same elements and colors into the back entry from the kitchen to visually enlarge the space.
The East facing door now allows natural light to flood the space in the morning.
Most of the elements are the same, except the floors are different. In the kitchen, we found this original oak plank floor, but the entry floor is partly original and partly new, as we needed to rebuild these steps, the old ones were really rickety, so the treads are new, as well as that added piece by the basement door so the entry floor space would be large enough. But painting it all a darker shade of the other grays used in this cottage, unite it with the color scheme.
In this pic too you can really appreciate how we removed the existing door that was closing off the kitchen from the entry, and cut open the doorway as very large as we could, then cased it to finish it.
Even though I needed to keep this space neutral, because I was preparing for someone else to live in it, I had to incorporate some numbers… they’re neutral right? and oh so farmhouse style…
Well out the door we go…
farewell ‘Little Brick Cottage’…
we’ll miss you…
I appreciate you stopping by.