Thursday Doors

Welcome to my door this Thursday. I’ll put the coffee on. πŸ™‚

We live in a large two-family farmhouse built in the early 1800’s with a handsome barn on almost four acres of land.

Our daughter and her family live in the original part of the house. In the 1980’s, a major addition was completed that included more living area for the farmhouse as well as an upstairs apartment.

We bought the farm in 2004 and many DIY update projects were completed which kept the feel and history of the original farmhouse but also provided some updated conveniences.

The original door to our part of the house was on the second floor. When we took that part down to the studs, doubled the living area and added a garage, the architect moved the door to the first floor.

Then we had a large entry area that could house a sitting area for putting shoes and coats on and off, an elevator, and the stairs to the upper living area. Yes, there is an elevator. We knew that we weren’t getting any younger and might need it ourselves or for moving heavy items like furniture, groceries, and bags of wood pellets. For the past 12 years, it has been a really well appointed dumb waiter.

Upstairs, we have a large master bedroom suite, family room, eat-in kitchen with island, sewing area, and four-season porch. It is the perfect size for two retirees who don’t have a need to house visiting family.

Picture upstairs downstairs with an additional cast of characters –Β a dozen hens, six ducks, two goats, and two dogs. πŸ™‚

Linked to Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors, October 26, 2017.

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About NewEnglandGardenAndThread

Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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63 Responses to Thursday Doors

  1. Your home sounds wonderful. We renovated a house near Albany NY many years ago – so much work, but interesting and a satisfying challenge, though we had our moments.

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  2. Dan Antion says:

    That’s a beautiful door, Judy. Thanks for the story of your house and for sharing your DIY project. The elevator is a feature I’ve been looking into with respect to our upstairs addition. It may happen, as they are getting easier to install and less expensive.

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  3. I love the sound of your home and menagerie. And having family right next door is such a good thing. They have their private quarters, you have yours. I especially like that you installed an elevator with a view to your older years. I wish I had one here. We looked and looked for a one-storey house, but the ones available at that time were actually more expensive! Prediction: as the baby boomers age, more elevators will be sold, and bungalows will keep increasing in price.

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  4. pastpeter says:

    A charming description of your home, and a great front door! Any frost your way yet??

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    • They’ve certainly seen it up north. We’ve hit around 34 several nights, but as you look around we are definitely moving right along into the next season. Well, of course, as soon as we can get these leaves off the ground. It rained this week so we had a huge load come down, but the trees are still pretty full. You remember how that is. πŸ™‚

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      • pastpeter says:

        It’s so mild here there is little color. Many trees are going brown and will drop without change. Shrubs are blooming like it is early Spring. I remember our first fall here in ’96, coming down from the Worcester hills in MA and confronting humid 70s in early November – with lichens and moss growing throughout the yard! Our rains this week brought no leaves down as they are still largely green. The NH lakes region was another world, with snow for Thanksgiving!

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  5. Ally Bean says:

    Your door is beautiful. I love knowing that you have an elevator in your house. How cool is that?

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  6. Dawn says:

    This is my favorite Thursday Door of all! It’s so warm and welcoming and we all feel like friends of the family! Red doors have always been my favorite (Our back door is red, too!) and yours has a very special story, Judy! You planned so wisely for sharing your beautiful, historic farmhouse with family. Well done, my friend! Installing an elevator was brilliant. You will be able to enjoy many more happy years in your Home Sweet Home! πŸ’—

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    • I don’t know what there is about a red door, but I love them. πŸ™‚ It’s nice to know we both have one. Yes, we’re planning to enjoy Home Sweet Home for years to come. Hope October is treating you well. I thought of you as I pulled all those Hosta out and found homes for them. πŸ™‚

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  7. debrapugh says:

    Cream and sugar with my coffee and do you have donuts too? : ) Very attractive entry and door ! πŸ™‚

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  8. Joyce says:

    The glimpses you’ve shared of your interior (living room wall, sewing room, and new counter in the kitchen) show a tasteful residence that’s very respectful of its New England heritage, so I am not surprised your entry door is so warm and welcoming!
    I don’t know what I envy more – your elevator or the pet goats!

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  9. You have a beautiful home, Judy, and red door, too. The elevator was a great addition. Now you have me rethinking a stairs for our house.

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  10. I love it! I’m sure the inside is as beautiful as the outside. For years we have been talking about adding an elevator to our house. Right now I feel like going up and down the stairs keeps our hearts in good shape but one of these days it may be a necessity.

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  11. joyroses13 says:

    So cool to hear about your house, sounds wonderful! I would enjoy walking in your lovely door. πŸ™‚

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  12. Brenda says:

    Of course you would have a beautiful front door! There is something so inviting about red doors. And how lucky you are to live with a daughter on the same property. Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Norm 2.0 says:

    Well how cool is that? One cream and two sugar for my coffee please πŸ™‚
    The elevator sounds like a good idea. I hope I don’t ever need it, but I won’t hesitate if the stairs start to become unmanageable.
    It sounds like you’ve put a lot of TLC into this place. Thanks for the invite.

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  14. Nadezda Dun says:

    It’s a good idea for us as well to do the elevator in our new summer cottage. I love your entry door, Judy, it seems to be well made, of old heave wood.
    You have a lot of animals in your farm, I didn’t know. Are all they living in the barn?

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  15. Joanne Sisco says:

    Thanks for the welcome to your home! How nice to have a glimpse into your world. I love the idea of taking a large heritage country home and renovating it for 2 families. It’s a nod back to a time when multiple generations lived with or close by each other.

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  16. Murphy's Law says:

    That is one handsome door. Perfect color too. Just put a pot of water on for tea and I’ll bring my own bag. Oh! Wait! I AM the old bag. πŸ˜‚ I’ll even bake cookies and brownies.

    Your home sounds like a dream come true. Clearly you and Dennis did your homework. The elevator is the perfect compliment to allow you to live out your golden years in comfort and ease. You are one smart cookie!!

    I just love your collection of pets…especially the goats. What fun they all must be.

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  17. joey says:

    Just a bit of cream, Judy, please.
    What a charming tale of renovation! Early 1800’s WHOA! An elevator which is a glorified dumbwaiter, I think that’s so, so clever, both in expression and use. We’ve chosen a bungalow, so instead of an elevator inside, we may need a ramp or two outside πŸ™‚
    Smart door, thanks for sharing!

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    • I see a fair amount of ramps around here. But, when we visited family in KS this year our nephew had just put one in for his wife who struggles with MS and uses a motorized scooter. It is a concrete one and rises from the driveway to the front door. It is a little wider than normal so there is no need for handrails, and it had landscaping along the sides. It was quite good looking. πŸ™‚

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      • joey says:

        Nice! My back door is perilous for all ages, but I’ve noticed my mother-in-law struggles with the front as well. Her knees aren’t good. My husband’s knees aren’t good. I think it would be wise for us to install a ramp at both doors.

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  18. Karen says:

    I love a red front door, we had one on ours in New Hampshire…now we have a dark green one in Florida. I wonder if I ever drove past your home when we lived there. πŸ™‚

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  19. Eliza Waters says:

    Nice, love that red door (and coordinated plantings)!

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  20. Oh Judy, your home and your red door are so pretty and welcoming. I love the touches of red and white in the plants. Interesting to read about your elevator. Mr ET sometimes makes noises about buying an older home on a bigger block of land and he’s been looking at split level homes. I don’t want stairs – we’re not getting any younger. Perhaps this would be a good compromise.

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  21. jesh stg says:

    You’ll put coffee on? ….but you are in (new) England? Just kidding, because when we were in England, Starbucks was the “only” (to lazy tourists) place to get coffee. Pretty door, I like the wine red!

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  22. What a nice set-up you have! My husband and I have talked about rearranging a few things (involving walls, electrical, and plumbing) to make our house more user friendly as we age. A elevator could do the trick at a lower cost (if we could just find a place to put it). Thank you for a lovely Thursday Doors post, and for the coffee too!

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  23. What a beautiful door and all the lovely red accents to match! I’ve always wanted a red door and finally have one in this home. I take my coffee with a dash of cream πŸ˜‰

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  24. Cheryl Robertson says:

    Beautiful door! Love the color. It’s nice your daughter is so close. My son and his family live in a small house on our property and I feel so fortunate to have them close.

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  25. I envy you nothing but your elevator. Oh, what I would give for even a chair lift! Your door looks just like the door we had until we got the new door. Same color, too.

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  26. germac4 says:

    Lovely to see your welcoming door and to get a bit of the story about your home, sounds wonderful. Such a good idea to re-organise your house as you get older, rather than move. My brother is thinking of installing an elevator and he said they have come down in price in recent years.

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  27. Oddment says:

    I love everything, including the comments! Especially I love the fragrance of morning coffee behind that incredibly homey door. Of course, the subject of home and age is dear to me right now, so all of this is pertinent — and maybe also fun. Thanks so much for inviting us in!

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  28. Beautiful, Judy! You truly live life as an art form! I really want to come over and have a cup of Joe with you ( and Dennis)!

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  29. pommepal says:

    What a well thought out home Judy. Thank you for sharing it with us I think the elevator is a fantastic idea. I’ll be round for a virtual coffee shortly…

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  30. Tina Schell says:

    How generous of you to share your home with us Judy! Most of my neighbors have elevators as well as we live in a community with many retirees. Our two-story home became and issue when my husband was sick last year and rather than incorporate and elevator we decided to move to a smaller, single-story home. Interesting how change can be a positive if you look at it the right way. We love our new home and our new neighbors but I’m totally envious of your proximity to family. Mine is an 11-hour drive north 😒

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  31. Beautiful, Judy! As we talk about where we might retire, the house has to be part of the conversation. My husband would like one story, I think, but we’ll see. Our older daughter would like us to move to California, where she lives and will probably live after she gets married. But there are a plethora of reasons, one of the biggest of which is price, that we probably won’t do that. I, like Tina, would love to be closer to our family. One daughter is in Philadelphia and the other in southern California!! My parents are in Arizona, as are my brother and his family and my husband’s sisters are in Akron (closest one), NYC, and France. πŸ™‚ Thanks for letting us into your home this week and have a wonderful weekend.

    janet

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  32. Laurie Graves says:

    Oh so lovely and inviting! I think the elevator is very sensible. As we age…

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  33. Nancy says:

    Welcoming! I’ll be happy to stay for coffee!

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  34. Grandma Kc says:

    I love your door and I love how you describe your home. I really hope that someday I can join you for a beer in those 2 chairs!

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  35. KerryCan says:

    Very cool–close to family, yet room of your own, in such a classic NE style. You belong there!

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  36. You’ve given me a very good idea to do a post on doors in north Alabama! Thank you!

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  37. Rose says:

    How nice it all sounds! and I do love that door.

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  38. Rupali says:

    How thought of you!

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