Design snapshot: Firehouse adaptation

So you want to convert a small firehouse to a residence. What do you do with the space behind the firehouse overhead door? Taa, daa. Here’s a great solution. This inset porch, featuring worn, bright-blue, wood decking and white, clapboard walls with five-panel entry doors, sets a festive summer stage. White, wood rockers with natural rattan seating, companion footstools, and patriotic throw pillows, plus tongue-in-cheek firehouse accoutrements all contribute to a brilliant show. What fun! Often it takes an unusual circumstance to prompt an inspired design. Change of use can be a great instigator.

by Katie Hutchison for House Enthusiast