Ok, so it has been a while since I have posted on my personal home renovation. About a month ago I began sharing with you the entry and dining room spaces. I’m continuing my renovation share with my side entry. Below is a shot of the side of our house that used to be a side porch at one point. The homeowner before us enclosed it to make a small sunroom. You can see where they enclosed the space (the white wood boards).
And here is a shot of the sun room’s interior. As you can see it was a tiny little sunroom.
Since we didn’t want the front door to be our everyday entry, we decided to add a side entry that had lockers and a drop zone for our ‘junk’. We were also taking into consideration for future kids and one day possibly selling our home. Families want a place that they can enter their home that can be messy (if need be) and not seen.
Below is the new floor plan of our new side entry. Where the existing sunroom was, included the fireplace wall and the pantry/powder room door wall. We pushed out left into the yard to create a half bath and a walk-in pantry, and we pushed forward into our front yard for our laundry room. I will get to that on another day.
Let’s take a look at some of the in-progress construction photos of how the side entry transformation began.
Here is the back side of the dining room fireplace. Framing has begun so we can sheetrock around it. If you remember from the ‘before’ interior shot, the brick was painted and exposed.
Our new side entry door is in! I love having a glass door here to allow natural light.
Tile floors are in. The tile floor is laid on the third joint. The baseboards are not up, but they are actual tile baseboards. While this is not very common, especially in Columbia, I chose tile baseboards for clean-ability. When cleaning tile floors, water is often used. If the water splashes against a wood baseboard, it can cause the wood to warp. If the water splashes against the tile, it will not hurt it. Also, tile baseboards are typically more expensive than paint grade wood baseboards.
Our side entry cabinet hall, is the existing sunroom. We faced the fireplace brick (shown in above interior photos) with sheetrock and enclosed the small nook so the cabinet back wall was flush. This created the dining room built-in cabinet (to the left of the fireplace). The hall cabinets feature individual lockers and a desk/drop zone. I carried the cabinets up to the ceiling. I’m a big proponent of not having extra dust collecting spaces, especially spaces I cannot easily reach. Therefore, cabinets were carried to the ceiling which allows me more storage space. Win, Win!
I chose drawers on the bottom to hide shoes. They were originally designed to have metal grates inset in the door frame. However, to keep cost down, I went with caned panel inserts. I chose a front that would allow air to pass through these drawers for stinky shoes! The stiles between the individual lockers are designed to angle back so there is seating area on the bench.
The cabinets are primed and almost complete! The door fronts are off the cabinet because they are being primed as well. I hope you have enjoyed seeing our side entry transform into a space we use on a regular basis. We love our lockers; they have been very practical for us.
Come back again for more on our home’s remodel!
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