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Morningside bungalowCraftsman Porch, Minneapolis

This 1919 bungalow was lovingly taken care of but just needed a few things to make it complete. The owner, an avid gardener wanted someplace to bring in plants during the winter months. This small addition accomplishes many things in one small footprint. This potting room, just off the dining room, doubles as a mudroom. Design by Meriwether Felt, Photos by Susan Gilmore

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tigerbug wrote:Jun 27, 2013
  • fluegge
    This is spectacular!
  • Kevi Johnstone

    Just love it, evocative climes, patina of age and an enjoyable unique purpose.... just is beautiful.

drea1317 wrote:Nov 25, 2013
jpfiste wrote:Feb 15, 2016
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    Meriwether Inc


    Thank you very much for the kind words. It was a really wonderful project to design and work on with all of the craftsman.


  • ginia1970

    I agree with jpfiste, this room is inviting and could easly be a a place to sit with the laptop and relax.

Laurie wrote:Jan 20, 2016
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    Meriwether Inc


    Thanks for the question. It is a zinc counter that has a patina on it. It was made by an amazingly talented company called Raw Urth.


  • maude321

    Just perfect!

glenviewjeff wrote:Mar 29, 2015
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    Meriwether Inc


    Thank you for the kind complement. I'm so sorry I'm not at liberty to share costs associated with projects. So much depends on the amount of detail, quality of materials & construction costs in a given area. This project occurred in the Midwest and over a basement addition below. Footings were down to frost line and we have healthy labor costs locally.


  • myaglubpanny

    Can you give a range?

Minniegirl wrote:Apr 18, 2014
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    Meriwether Inc
    The addition measures 9.5 feet x 15 feet. This room was added to the existing home along with a new laundry room below.
  • Minniegirl
    Thank you for getting back to me so quickly. Lovely
haayer wrote:Dec 10, 2013
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    Meriwether Inc
    Thank your for the compliment. The shelf is expanded metal lath. A small steel angle was welded to this to give it some stability then the whole thing was powder coated one color.
  • haayer
    Thank you for sharing! This is very helpful.
Summit Design Remodeling wrote:Sep 27, 2013
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    Meriwether Inc
    Thank you very much for the compliment, this room is one of my all time favorite designs.
  • myaglubpanny

    It is exquisite.

Summit Design Remodeling wrote:Sep 27, 2013
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    Meriwether Inc
    Why not! As you know, building code requires windows close to doors and floors to be tempered. So these windows are no more dangerous than any other. The windows open in, not out like casements, so pose no more threat than a double hung open during rain. The design idea was to make this potting room as much like a porch as possible. The owner grows plants from seed so between the windows and the fan the breeze helps to grow strong stems. And finally there is the delight in a detail such as this.
  • Jamie Wellik
    We have seen this room in person-it is amazing and reminiscent of a much older grander home built long ago.
elizabethflegel wrote:Jan 15, 2019
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    Meriwether Inc


    These windows are made by Marvin.

    My best,


southwestgirl wrote:Nov 12, 2014
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    Meriwether Inc
    Thank you for the compliment. This is a wonderful handmade & hand glazed tile. It is made by Sonoma tile and this color is in the Stellar line it is called Snug Harbor.
endhome wrote:Oct 5, 2014
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    Meriwether Inc
    Thank you for your kind comment. The wood is primarily oak and we matched the stain to wood that was existing in the house. I typically find a piece of wood with stain on it that is appealing and have the painter provide samples for approval. If you're not using a professional you might want to bring in a piece of stained wood to a paint store that you trust. An experienced salesperson can give you advice on how to achieve the look you want.
    My best,
Ginny wrote:Sep 16, 2013
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    Meriwether Inc
    Thank you for the compliment. We really enjoyed designing and working on this project. The floor is a marble mosaic from Walker Zanger. It is from their Opus Antic line. It is also laid over low voltage heating for a warm floor during the transitional and winter months.

What Houzz contributors are saying:

Marianne Lipanovich added this to 10 Things to Include in Your GreenhouseNov 15, 2017

8. A place to work. While you’re installing shelves, add in a workbench for yourself as well. It should be large enough to work comfortably at but can be larger. Desk height or counter height works well, especially if you have a stool or chair. Add a solid top to write on.

Erin Carlyle added this to Houzz Call: Show Us Your Winter Hobbies at HomeJan 13, 2017

Gardeners, do you turn indoors? When the weather gets chilly, do you find your plant fix inside? Show us where you do your indoor greenery projects, from building terrariums to starting winter seedlings.

Becky Harris added this to Winter Gardening: Ideas for a Dream Potting RoomOct 27, 2014

Make room for winter plant storage. In the same potting room, there is enough empty floor space to keep the homeowner’s large potted plants warm in the winter. Shelves provide space for overwintering plants like begonias and geraniums. You also may want some space for stashing seed catalogs, reading gardening books and sketching your ideas. Learn more about this dream potting room addition

Becky Harris added this to Room of the Day: Potting and Puttering in Toasty WarmthApr 6, 2014

The homeowner overwinters plants like begonias in the potting room and drags in potted plants from around the pool, like fruit trees and firs, to help them survive the colder months. She also grows plants from seeds here. “We mixed a lot of metals out here, like nickel, zinc, oil-rubbed bronze and antique brass,” says Felt. The powder-coated-metal shelf provides extra room for seedlings; it gets plenty of sunlight and breezes, thanks to the double-sash windows. Intricate brackets from Van Dyke’s are a great touch that fits in with the home’s pedigree. Just out of view to the left is a half bath and a shower, which currently serves as a dog washing station. However, the homeowner wishes to age in place in this home, so should she ever need one-floor living, she can move her bedroom down to her first-floor office and use the bathroom here. Ceiling fan: Acero by Minka Aire; floor tile: Opus Antic line, Walker-Zanger; counter: zinc, Raw Ürth

What Houzzers are commenting on:

MSD Contracting added this to Specialty Interior SpacesMay 9, 2019

This is a potting room, that doubles as a mud room, just off the dining room of a bungalow. What an amazing idea for avid gardeners. A space to keep plants through the winter to give them warmth and light.

kosteri added this to Garden Room/Entry additionMay 9, 2019

Lovely garden room. Good to have a fan for air circulation. This room has heated flooring.

Pat added this to SCMay 8, 2019

This 1919 bungalow was lovingly taken care of but the owner, an avid gardener wanted someplace to bring in plants during the winter months. This small addition accomplishes many things in one small footprint. This potting room, just off the dining room, doubles as a mudroom.

Sue Stewart added this to Wish ListMay 7, 2019

I really want a gardening room like this!

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