When we bought Yellow House (that’s what we’ll call the new place from now on to identify it), it had a dark, closed- off kitchen and an even darker “mudroom” (I guess that’s what you’d call it- it was a tiny, dank room with no insulation that bridged the back deck and the kitchen area and smelled of dead animal) that were separated by a small, even darker hallway and a dated full bathroom. After much thought, we decided to nix the full bath for a half bath, thereby widening the “hall” between the kitchen and mudroom, opening it up to the kitchen, and removed the small door to the mudroom, creating a large, open doorway between the rooms. We took the mudroom down to its studs, insulated and re-sheetrocked the walls, tore out the drop ceiling (revealing a wonderful, vaulted space), added new windows and French doors, and tiled the floor with a cool, new style of tile that looks almost like it was made from a textured, striated type of slate. We also added radiant heat to the floor, which works wonderfully with the tile (very cozy in the winter), especially since the room is basically Bix’s play area and he spends most of the his time on the floor. The tile’s durability is also great and it works well for when our wet dog comes in out of the yard on rainy days. We put bead board on the newly vaulted ceiling and pickled it for a light and airy cottage- feel.
The room is now so bright, warm, and cozy but also completely open to the kitchen, making it perfect for Bix to play in and ideal for me to watch him while I’m cooking. However, as he grows, it will also make a great breakfast area or TV room (even though we’ve just cut off our cable, but that’s another story…).
(Other work by Lucy Bixby can be seen at Silverwood.)