Mudrooms have become popular additions and remodels to our homes. These spaces serve many functions and can be as simple or elaborate as you wish. The key is to think thru and plan out your goals for the area. What do you want YOUR mudroom to do?
Is it simply a space to come from the outside and kick off your shoes? Do you need storage space as well? If you have children, the answer could be yes to both. Traditionally, mudrooms have served as a transition space between the outdoors and the interior of the home. Yes, a place to kick off your boots without tracking mud into the kitchen. (photo by Gettum Associates, Inc)
In modern times, the mudroom has evolved. Not only does it serve the purpose of a barrier between out and in, but also serves to store items that one would take off on their way in, or grab on their way out. This can be in the form of a closet, or in the case of those with children, individual lockers to hang up jackets and coats, store shoes, etc. Pull out baskets, or drawers on the bottom, with a seat and coat pegs for hanging can be very handy. Coming from a family of four boys, and growing up playing sports, I can imagine those features being a welcome addition to any home!
The features of your mudroom will determine the overall size. Many modern mudrooms incorporate a seating/storage area and some even have a laundry space equipped with a laundry – wash tub. Perfect for washing off muddy cleats! Hint: A tough, durable flooring selection such as ceramic tile or heavy-duty vinyl tiles will hold up to wear much better than hardwood (don’t even consider carpet for this area!).
But, not all mudrooms need that kind of space to be a success. If you simply want a place to take off your shoes and hang your coat, you can certainly get by with much less space. As is the case in many home improvement projects and room additions, the size and configuration may be determined by the existing lay-out of your home. (photo by Gettum Associates Inc)
Find a reputable, local area contractor to examine your needs and your existing space. They can help you determine the best course of action to obtain your goals. Search for pictures of mudrooms to help you envision the space. Whatever you do, be sure to take the time to brainstorm ideas that match your needs.
If your in the Indianapolis area, give us a call! We would be more than happy to meet with you at your home and help assess your family’s needs.