Fool for France
So, to your left you see the one WC for the entire house. That is it — for now. To your right you see the service stairs.
This is the mud room. Eew, but that will change. We’ll tidy the WC and give it some cousins upstairs. The tile and radiator go, to be replaced by better-looking heated floor tiles. The window will be a door leading to the back garden. Okay, future garden, now a half-acre of weeds. Those service stairs are a safety hazard. They go. The captured space will be a bench, probably, with some storage behind. My hope is that the overall effect will be less cramped.

6 Replies to “My inner mud room”

  1. When I first saw the title of the post “My inner mud room” I was almost expecting something Freudian – but this could be reflective of the inner psychology (psychosis) of the house before the renovation therapy you are undertaking — closed, narrow, cramped — to be resolved, after many therapy (renovation) sessions to open, inviting, bright, effusive!


    1. It’s a joke, son, it’s a joke. I had just done a post showing the exterior of the space and to just move on to the interior and actually call it that, well, it just seemed so project manager.

      I do like the comparison of renovation to therapy. In this case it’s more like analysis. Since that’s what I did, thank you Carl Jung and Marvin Spiegelman more than I will ever be able to express, I like that a lot.


  2. I love how you get these giant houses with one bathroom, as opposed to some American houses with as many bathrooms as bedrooms. It is good to see your photos.


  3. Thanks, Brent. There are more photos to come. I have been pottering around outside, trying to figure out which building was the outhouse. Maybe there wasn’t one. Maybe they just used chamber pots or went behind the bushes or something. We’re going to fix the bathroom situation. We won’t have as many bathrooms as bedrooms but we’ll get close. I don’t want to see my houseguests in their pajamas. I really don’t want to share a bathroom with them.


  4. Great blog you have here but I was curious if you knew of any user discussion forums that cover the same topics discussed here?
    I’d really like to be a part of community where I can get comments from other
    experienced people that share the same interest.
    If you have any suggestions, please let me know. Thank you!


    1. Well, fixing up a 19th century farm house is not exactly a DIY project, not for most people. You could try sites like This Old House or the National Trust. They will have how-to articles and there might be some discussions there.


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