whole house before and after farmhouse mudroom with bluestone floor, shelf and hooks for coats
Photo: Tria Giovan
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Front-Door Catchall

Rooted in a town known for its apple fests and onion fields, the five-bedroom, three-bath house had clearly withstood repeated assaults before Lynn and her husband, Mitch, bought it on impulse 25 years ago, when they were young filmmakers up from Atlantic City, New Jersey, for the day. The local historical society pegged the house to the late 18th or early 19th century, but no one knew when the original fireplace and chimney had disappeared, the main stairs and front windows had acquired their post-Colonial proportions, and a porch had wrapped itself around the front. Or why the 2,900-square-foot house had three front doors.

Which leads to a related question If authenticity is your goal, which of a home's hoary redos do you aim to preserve?

Shown: The new mudroom, with its boot-friendly bluestone floor and hooks and shelf for coats and hats, channels guests, kids, and pets alike toward the room-for-all kitchen.

Hooks: Restoration Hardware
Paint: Benjamin Moore
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