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Our New Garage Floor

Our New Garage Floor

Here are all of the details about our new garage floor! What a difference it made in making the garage feel clean and complete. We went with a local company that our contractor recommended, Trademark Garage Floors.  They used the spartacote chip system. It is a polyaspartic, which is a type of polyurea.

Our Spartacote Garage Floor

The Process

The first day was spent prepping and cleaning the slab. They use a diamond grinder to grind the entire floor to remove dirt or previous coatings and ensure proper adhesion of the product to the concrete. Next, they vacuumed the floor and patched any cracks or holes. Because our slab joints were nice and straight we chose to leave them as is and not fill them.

After the floor was clean and prepped, they used a moisture vapor barrier primer as the base coat. This isn’t always necessary but because our moisture reading was borderline, we opted to do it to be safe and warranty against any moisture bubbles. Then they broadcast the color chips directly onto the moisture vapor barrier. The next day they came back to apply the clear top coat.… Read more

My Hunt for the Perfect Farmhouse Entryway Bench

My Hunt for the Perfect Farmhouse Entryway Bench

Last week, I shared the mood board for our new mudroom. I mentioned wanting to include a bench on the wall in between the two windows. For weeks I have been scouring the internet to find the perfect wooden farmhouse entryway bench to use in this space.

Here you can see the wall in question. The wall in between the two windows is where I plan to put a bench. It’s about 69″ wide.

I love the idea of a spindle-back bench that feels very farmhouse-y. I’ve been looking high and low and decided to round up some I found on my search. Here are my favorites.

Farmhouse Entryway Bench Roundup

farmhouse bench

  1. Reclaimed oval bench  (54, 66, 78 or 90″)
  2. Weathered brown teak bench (57″w)
  3. Windsor oak bench (53.25″)
  4. Dexter Bench (60″w)
  5. Low-back bench (59″w)
  6. Curved spindle-back bench (62″w)
  7. Vintage Swedish pine bench (73″w)
  8. Pine spindle storage bench (70″w)
  9. 4-drawer storage bench (67″w)
  10. Teak bench (77.5″w)
  11. Vintage Austrian bench (76″w)
  12. Handmade country pine bench (76.5″w)

Some of these are vintage and some are new. #1 is the only one without a back but I included it because it is beautiful and comes in many sizes.… Read more

Our New Mudroom Design Mood Board

Our New Mudroom Design Mood Board

As our garage + breezeway addition gets closer to wrapping up, I’ve been really narrowing in on design selections for the new rooms we’re adding – the mudroom, office, and wine room – and the plan for transforming our existing small mudroom/pantry/wet bar area into one large butler’s pantry. Although we won’t be able to tackle it all at once, I’ve been intimately considering all the possibilities design-wise. The first area we will likely tackle after the garage is completed and the driveway is installed will be the new mudroom. It’s located in the breezeway between the garage and our house. It will be a high-traffic area and workhouse so I need it to be functional and beautiful.

Our New Mudroom

I have been pinning mudroom inspiration foreverrrr. Here is a little glimpse into my mudroom pinboard:


Here’s is the mudroom after drywall.

The new mudroom measures about 21′ long and 8′ wide. We recessed one wall to allow for built-in cubbies but I didn’t have that much wiggle room because we squeezed in a small office on the other side of the wall.… Read more

A Big Farmhouse Garage + Breezeway Addition Update

A Big Farmhouse Garage + Breezeway Addition Update

I introduced our big farmhouse garage addition project last December (!) and SO much has happened since then. They officially broke ground in March, so we’re about 5 months in and nearing the finish line!

Farmhouse Garage +Breezeway Addition

First, let me remind you about our goal. Since our house has never ever included a garage, that was our obvious first priority. We wanted a three-car oversized garage with plenty of space for Mike’s tools, our cars, tractor, golf cart etc. We decided to connect the garage to the house via a 22′ breezeway addition, which would tie into our side door off of the kitchen and become additional heated square footage. This area is going to become a mudroom, office and wine/bar room.

The break-up of the breezeway into 3 rooms was a modification we made after we had the plans sealed so you won’t see it here but I will include it later on. The process has been fun and interesting to watch. The breezeway is built on a stem wall and the garage is on a traditional slab.… Read more

Choosing Garage Doors for Our Addition

Choosing Garage Doors for Our Addition

We are in the pre-construction phase of our garage addition project and we made our first big material selection decision a couple weeks ago, the garage doors. Lead times are crazy so we needed to get the garage doors ordered so they don’t hold us up later. Our permit has been issued and we are waiting for work to start any day!

Choosing Garage Doors

In the drafting phase of our project, we knew we wanted to upgrade our garage doors to a carriage-style look. Our contractor recommended Clopay Coachman doors. Clopay makes a variety of style doors. Their Coachman line is made to look like old-fashioned wooden swing-out carriage house doors. There are several design options to choose from.

I immediately gravitated toward series 1. I didn’t want the cross design you see in series 2. I love the idea of vertical boards on the garage doors to complement the board and batten on the exterior of our home. The breezeway will also be board and batten so it will repeat that look, making it all look like it goes together.… Read more

The Introduction of our Farmhouse Garage Addition Project!!

The Introduction of our Farmhouse Garage Addition Project!!

You guysssss! I am so excited to share that after 5 years of living in our home, we are finally adding a garage! That’s right, we don’t have a garage here. Heck, we don’t even have a paved driveway. Since we bought the house we have longed for both of those things! Last year we were gearing up to add a pool, but we shifted gears and decided it would be wiser to do the garage first since it would not only add more value to our home but improve the way we live in our home. Around that time, we purchased an acre of land next to our property, making the garage addition more realistic. Several months ago we started the preliminary search for a contractor. We found one we liked and began working with their architect to draft plans. We had to revise them significantly a few times due to the rising cost of building materials but we finally approved a set of plans and signed the contract.

The Farmhouse Garage Addition Project Plans

Not only are we adding a much-needed garage space, but it will be connected to our home so we will be gaining some additional heated square footage as well.… Read more