We have a weird entrance. Indeed we have so many entrances I had to ask the real estate agent if this was supposed to be the front door. She confirmed it was – so we added an “Entrance” sign and a door bell (which goes off randomly at 3am but that’s a different story), and made it so.
Originally this was a workshop off the garage, and the main door was up some outside stairs – that door has now been removed and made into a study nook.
Home Entrance Ideas
Everyone is agreed the room is useful. The problem is, how? It’s mainly a corridor – but a wide one. With entrances from the garage, the external door and the bottom of the internal stairs – it needs – flow as they say. And a mat , and somewhere to sit, and more hooks.
I think what the area should be is what American’s call a “mud room” – which makes sense if you live somewhere it snows for months of the year. It’s a place where you remove lots of layers of clothing and boots, and then store them. We are thinking it would work if we got in the habit of leaving sandy shoes here, so we don’t tramp sand through the house (the dog refuses to play ball on this though). Pragmatically it’s also an exercise area and the only place a large bookcase we need will fit. It has a reasonable view and gets a bit of sun- but the concrete floor means it’s going to be cold in winter.
Then to the left as you enter from the front door – there is this whole other room – with a platform in which we are using for storage – though you could sleep 3 or 4 up there! This has double doors which can be closed – but that would also make it pretty dark as it only has one small window under the deck above. The back wall is dug into the ground so it’s pretty cool, and I suspect in winter, slightly damp.
At the moment I’m thinking this space will be my sewing room, plus storage, plus some hanging space for ballroom gear. Or it might be my office if I find the view upstairs too distracting!
The American stuff on Pinterest and Houzz is amazing – including everything from lockers for every family members, to “dog grooming stations” ! Fortunately there is no water in the area, and it would be expensive to add plumbing!
As a firs step I’m thinking a nice runner/mat, some built-in seats with storage under for the shoes, and some more hooks for the many coats we seem to have!
Any ideas? What do you have in your entrance way? Are Americans right about mudrooms?