Mini mudroom: the exterior progress

Thank you to all who left such supportive comments on my previous post.  It's my hope to be honest & genuine on this blog.  Knowing that you share similar sentiments makes my heart happy.  In keeping with my goal to post more progress pics of our home, let's take this outside shall we?

I did the smart thing & snapped exterior photos in 3 degree weather, just when it started to blizzard (again).  A neighbor who was getting her mail must have thought I had lost my mind.  "It's OK! I blog!"  Well.  That didn't help things.

Here's the front entry pre-mudroom addition:
 
And after the mudroom addition, below, with a few more things to finish up.  
We managed to paint the siding, trim & eaves on the new mudroom a couple months ago before the cold weather settled in.
It's still looking pretty rough, but hey that's the nature of progress pics.  
Holy icicles, batman! 

I have to be honest here: I'm not in love with this light on our house.  We liked it in the store, but once installed it was a bit underwhelming.  Keeping my eyes out for something with more impact.  We're just lucky to have a working light again after all that construction.
We had originally thought we wanted a glossy black door.  Then we saw this one at our local store.  We like the style, the fiberglass feature, & quite honestly the thought of not having to paint a door (been there, done that) was appealing.  We might paint down the road if the mood strikes but this works for us at the moment.
'Scuse the snow on the ledge.

About 4 years ago, we had our exterior redone as seen here.  The siding's paint color is Benjamin Moore Mohegan Sage; trim is Benjamin Moore White Dove.  Not everyone's a fan of dark-colored houses (I know I wasn't) but I have to say, I'm still in love with this color today.  It's a chameleon color, a velvety green-grey.  Every once in a while throughout the year, to our surprise, people knock on our door to ask about the color.  The back of our house does get southern exposure so yes, it does warm up back there with the dark paint color absorbing the sun's rays -- it's not terribly intense though.

Nothing more stylish than a neon green building permit displayed in your window for months ;-)

{Mini mudroom mayhem Part 1Part 2.}

P.S. I'm guest posting for my fabulous wino blog buddy, Amanda of Kids and Cabernet today.  Talking about my love for Lucite.  If you have a free moment, would love to see you over there!  Have a wonderful week!

46 comments:

  1. Love the house color and new door! We're still living with a task light for our front door, it looks ridiculous, but haven't had time to replace it!

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    1. I know how long these things take, so I feel you! Slow & steady wins the race, right? Thanks so much for the kind words!

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  2. I love the color choices and your door is beautiful. We haven't even tackled the exterior of our house yet...it's very underwhelming ;) xo Kristin

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    1. Thanks, K! LOL, a homeowner's work is never ending for sure!

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  3. saw your guest post on Amanda's blog! I love lucite so much and have a couple of pieces in my apartment. Looking forward to following your blog! Xx.

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    1. Thanks so much for dropping by, Hope! And for your kind words! Lucite lovers unite ;-)
      xoxo

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  4. Everything looks awesome! I love that door, I've always wanted one that lets a little light in... but not in a here's a window come break in through the door kinda way, you know? Looking good!

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    1. LOL! Thanks, friend! Cheers to no intruders...;-)

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  5. High five for braving the elements to take some great snapshots of your exterior!! I just love how seamless your mudroom addition ties in with your existing home - i just love when additions feel like they've always been there and I myself love darker color homes! Every thing looks so good :)

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    1. Aw thanks, K! One of these days, I hope our home will be as gorgeous as yours!

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  6. This was such a brilliant use of that space. The light is wholly unoffensive, so at least you can leave it up until you find something you love to replace it. Our new house has painted siding and I'm already kind of grimacing at the upkeep to come. I'd be a pariah for saying this out loud in the land of charming, traditional, wood-sided houses but I kind of wish we had siding that didn't need to be painted! Ever.

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    1. I agree! Makes me wonder why these houses weren't built with a mudroom there to begin with! And I'm so with you on the wooden siding. Some of our neighbors have gotten vinyl siding & I stare at them for an indecent amount of time, dreaming of the low-maintenance factor. Wood is not always good. (Where's Cassie Sugarplum when you need her to make an inappropriate joke?!

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  7. Love the color scheme and the outdoor lighting! It all ties in so well with your home.

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  8. I would knock on your door too - your exterior colour is fabulous! We have a fibreglass door too and I loooove it. It stands up to the banging and slamming "some" people in the house subject it to ;)

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    1. Fiberglass door owners unite! It's SO resilient as we've discovered in the short amount of time we've had it. Some people side eye the non-wood thing but you at least get me ;-)

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  9. I love it on the outside too!!! That space was screaming for a mudroom!! Loves.

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    1. Thanks, lady!! The space was screaming & we finally listened ;-)
      Miss you!!
      xoxo

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  10. Looks fantastic. Loving the tiled floors. I grew up with slate floors. I would love to have a mudroom.

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    1. Thank you, gal! We're loving the slate look, happy with the decision. Trade you our mudroom for your beautiful home, deal? ;-)

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  11. Looking good! Celebrate with a pat on the back & a tall, tall glass of wine. It's the right thing to do. :)

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    1. LOL, I like the way you think/celebrate.
      xoxo

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  12. I love your Craftsman door. I have my heart set on one for our house, just not sure the prickly HOA will allow it. I'm so impressed with everything you guys do - the outside looks awesome. Also, I like the light...but knowing you, something even more fabulous is formulating in your head and when I see it all be all, "Oh that FC, she knows her shit." Well, okay, I'm always thinking that.

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    1. Hey sometimes good things serendipitously come out of the chaos we call renovating our house & we're all "Uh, we totally meant to do that."
      That's so funny b/c I'm always like "Oh that Em, she knows her shit. Why haven't we met already?!?"
      Love you to the moon & back, my friend.

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  13. Looks fabulous already!! Thanks again for guest posting for me today xoxoxo

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    1. Thanks so much, A! And it was my pleasure!
      xoxo

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  14. This looks great girl! I bet you're loving having the bit of extra space too. =)

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    1. Thanks so much, girl! I'm all for cozy quarters but man, who knew we could love 45 sq ft this much?!? ;-)
      xoxo

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  15. Love the color of your home! That front door is amazing too!

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    1. Thanks, B! We're pretty big fans, too :)

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  16. Love it! I'm dying to paint the exterior of our house a deep, saturated color like yours. Every single house in our town is beige. Green-ish beige, peachy beige, grey-ish beige, yellowy beige, beige beige beige.

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    1. Aw thanks, gal! I hear you! The next neighborhood over has a strict HOA & it's all vanilla, french vanilla, flesh colored.

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  17. I love it! Especially the inside! It's exactly what I am imagining for our home, and sorely needed with five kids running in and out with snow gear. I am having a hard time convincing hubby that it will be worth the cost though. And as we are about to add on to the house (above the front porch) I think it's a perfect time to fill it in and make into a mudroom. If you don't mind my asking, what did it cost for your mini mudroom project? Does the room get cold in the winter?

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    1. Thank you so much!
      For the actual mudroom (excluding the stoop), when all is said & done, we came in at ~$7,000 for both labor & supplies. Our mudroom is about 45 sq ft if that helps.

      We hired a contractor to do the structural stuff (poured a new foundation, put up insulation/drywall, electrical, roof, trimwork, etc). We saved some money by doing these ourselves: tiling, painting, some more trimwork, staining the bench). Costs for labor & supplies vary from location to location of course. We didn't have any HVAC done in the room so it does get cold if we close off the room with the interior door (formerly our front door) which we are keeping for now. We leave the door open during the day, the heat from the rest of the house flows thru & warms up the mudroom well. We have a small floor heater out there as well that we run sometimes if the temps are really frigid. There hasn't been a noticeable difference in our utility bill yet ;-) Insulation is key, which we made sure to be pay extra attention to during construction.

      Personally, the room has already paid for itself in terms of convenience & containing the mess of our shoes/coats/bags especially during this winter--as well as guests'.

      Long story short: so worth it! Best of luck with your renovations!!

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  18. Your front door is so amazing.

    www.highheelsandtutus.com

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  19. Hey, I love how your living room window is like a mini-glass house. I love taking peeks into your house because I always find something new to ooh and ahh over.

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    1. We joke that we should "take brunch in the conservatory" aka that glass alcove thingie. Like we're the Vanderbilts or something. Aw thanks, Suz!! I feel the same about yours!
      xoxo

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  20. I love the style door you chose. The exterior looks amazing.

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    1. Thanks, friend. The highest compliment. You know your shiz.
      xoxo

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  21. Also - my door was still the primed color until last summer.

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    1. Our interior doors were that until we realized they had to be painted. After 3 years of living here. High fives!!

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  22. your house is so beautiful! and real icicles? i'm a little jealous! sisi is running around in the back yard naked right now. we daydream about living someplace snowy.

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    1. LOL, thanks gal! I do love living in a place where there are distinct seasons....remind me I said this when our typical Colorado snowstorms hit in March, ok?
      Kisses to Sisi!
      xoxo

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