Reimagined Entryway

Under construction: Better Farm's entranceway is getting a facelift.
We're re-imagining Better Farm's foyer. Our goals? To make the space significantly more energy efficient, organized, and lovely. The farm's entryway has gone through a few incarnations since 2009, with this final project bringing the foyer and front hall to completion.

Our timeline so far:
  • 2009 project to clean up foyer and take a bunch of storage to the dump
  • 2010 project to rip up carpeting on stairs, organize storage, and give a fresh coat of paint
  • 2011 project to rebuild the entire staircase and railing
 Here's a list of the problems we still faced:
  • Front door leaks a lot of warm air through unsealed gaps along its bottom edge
  • Without a storm door, we can't allow for cross-ventilation in the summer or get a great seal around the doorway
  • Outdated insulation in the entranceway means lots of air leaks and energy loss of up to 15 percent in that room alone
  • Sheetrock hung decades ago on the ceiling was the wrong thickness and wasn't strapped; therefore, it's sagging
  • All tape lines on sheetrock in the front hall are visible
  • Cobbed electrical meant mismatched light switches, electrical lines outside the sheetrock, and visible covered wiring
  • The foyer's storage solutions are imperfect. Boots, sneakers, and jackets need a better landing spot.
And—my favorite part—the brainstorming process. Here are some pictures we're working with as inspiration:

Overall look:

Storage solutions:
Draft barrier:


Wallpaper for contrast wall in entranceway:

Thanks to North Country YDIY for taking on this remodeling project.
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Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.