Home Tour: Tiverton

An overlooked screened-in porch becomes a mod mudroom with plenty of storage

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A place for everything and everything in its place – that’s the dream, right? And it’s just what Tiverton homeowners Jason and Lindsey Methia wanted for their family of four, which includes two young boys. “We enjoy hanging around the house, watching movies, playing games, and going for hikes around Tiverton and the Farm Coast,” says Lindsey, who notes that youth baseball is also a family affair with their sons playing, Jason coaching, and Lindsey herself working the concession stand.

The Methias moved into the home, a big old house built in the early 1800s, days after their oldest son was born. Fast-forward seven-plus years and a few home updates later, and it was time to focus their attention on what to do with the drafty screened-in porch. They sought the advice of Red House Design and Build who suggested creating a dedicated entryway for guests and plenty of stylish storage.

“As a screened-in porch, the room didn’t provide a proper entrance to the home and guests didn’t know if they should knock on the door to enter or not,” begins Justin Zeller, RHDB founder and project developer. “Our clients wanted to transform the porch into a well-insulated four-season multifunctional space. We designed and built a contemporary space that houses an entryway, mudroom, and playroom for their kids.” Zeller explains that the original porch lacked purpose and suffered from moisture infiltration from above and below; structural issues aside, the family wanted to increase the functionality. The solution was to divide the space into separate zones: an entryway and a separate mudroom/playroom.

In the mudroom, a custom storage area was added, consisting of four large cubbies with additional shelves and cabinets to hold coats, shoes, and equipment. Removing the wall that originally separated the porch from the kitchen and dining room created an open-concept space, perfect for Jason and Lindsey to work from home while keeping an eye on the kids.

“We like the mix of old details, and the updated, more modern finishes make the house livable but also retain some of that old charm,” says Lindsey. And the best part? “There’s enough space where everything has a place, which is why the new mudroom was needed. What makes us most happy is that most of what we need is here and so we can spend long periods of time at home, together and being comfortable.”

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