Ideas for creating a space to corral the clutter and keep your home clean.
At first thought, a mud room addition might seem like a nonessential part of your home renovation project. However, if you incorporate the right function and design elements, a new mud room may just become your new favorite room in your home.
If you have children who drag their stinky, dirty athletic gear in and out of the house between practices and games, you might need a mud room.
If your home has a pool where kids in wet bathing suits with wet towels are trekking in and out for snacks and drinks, you might need a mud room.
If you have a family pet who likes to run and play outside, and drags dirt back into your house, you might need a mud room.
If you feel like you can never truly get a handle on your family’s laundry and are feeling swamped and in disarray, you might need a mud room.
If you’re tired of finding random shoes laying all around the house, and your kids are always asking you “Where’s my backpack? Where’s my coat? Where’s my other shoe?” you might need a mud room.
If stepping in a small puddle of melted snow in the middle of winter in a new pair of clean, warm socks is one of your pet peeves, you might need a mud room.
If you feel like you need more indoor storage and organization to keep your home neat and tidy and under control, you definitely need to add a mud room.
Building The Perfect Mud Room Addition
Before you build a mudroom addition, carefully consider all of the details you will incorporate into the design. In addition to general flooring, seating, and storage, and functioning as a transition area between the outdoors and indoors, our friends at This Old House have these suggestions for creative elements to include in the perfect mud room addition:
- A Hose-Down Area – Get rid of the dirt on boots, feet or paws by spraying it down a small shower ground drain and sprayer mounted on the wall before it makes its way into the house. A boot tray for drying rinsed items can also come in handy.
- Potting Sink – Larger and more attractive than a simple utility sink, a potting sink comes in handy for the homeowner who enjoys gardening. Especially when the weather is colder outside, pots and tools can be rinsed in the sink and storage can even be built in.
- Sports Lockers – Families with multiple children can find the “sport locker” style storage extremely helpful. Each family member has their own designated cubby space for storing shoes, coats, hats, bags and equipment. This is a popular feature in many mud rooms; there are many options for both open and closed storage.
- Laundry Area or Chute – Get a handle on the laundry by combining your laundry room and mud room into one. If that’s not an option, adding a laundry chute to the basement so dirty laundry doesn’t make it past the mud room entrance will be a game-changer.
- Trash/Recycling Center – Especially helpful for families with a detached garage, a trash and recycling center can sort and store trash and recycling until trash pickup day rolls around.
- Litter Box Hideaway – Keep unsightly litter boxes unseen by company by storing them in your mud room. While you’re at it, you can also incorporate storage for other pet-related gear such as food, leashes and toys.
Whatever your busy lifestyle entails, the addition of a mud room is one you will find practical and functional. You will wonder what you ever did before you had one in your home!
Contact How Building Services today for a free estimate and let us build you a mud room that will have you feeling more organized, with design solutions that will meet your family’s needs.
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