Mudrooms are becoming an increasingly popular addition to all types of homes. They’re a practical and convenient way for people to keep their homes neat, clean, and organized. When creating a mudroom, it’s important to realize that a mudroom is a highly personalized home addition. To help you create a mudroom design plan that works for you and your family while still allowing the addition to harmoniously blend with the rest of your house, you should take the following factors into account:
The most important consideration is size. The following will help you determine how big or small your mudroom needs to be in order to function properly:
- The number of people who live in your home. The greater the number of people, the larger the mudroom needs to be. Especially if you have kids.
- Local weather. Mudrooms in regions where there are heavy snow and rain typically need to be larger to accommodate extra mess, clothing, and accessories.
- Location of the home. Homes that are situated on large lots or multiple acres of property usually need a bigger mudroom.
- Jobs and activities. People who have outdoor jobs and/or participate in numerous outdoor activities require a bigger mudroom.
- Utilities. If you want a sink, toilet, and/or shower in your mudroom, your design plan should account for it.
Once an ideal size is determined, all other design elements easily fall into place.
Some of the most common and popular location options include the following:
- In the front of the house, as a primary entrance
- On the side of the house, as a secondary entrance
- The back of the house, as a rear entrance
- Attached to the garage
- In an existing part of the house, most commonly a laundry room
- Separated from the house
Your mudroom should be located exactly where you want it. A good architect will work with you to help you achieve your location goal.
Choose flooring wisely. The best flooring options that will allow the mudroom to be easily cleaned and maintained are concrete, tile, and linoleum. Carpet should always be avoided. If you want to use rugs, make sure they’re easily washable.
The most common organization accessories include the following:
- Seats with storage underneath
The best way to determine what organization accessories you’ll need is to think about everything your family uses and will store in the mudroom. The most common items stored in a mudroom include clothing, bags, sports equipment, and baby and pet items.
Personal accessories should be added so your mudroom serves the exact purpose you want it to. A desk can be used to help you keep items like your wallet, mail, keys, spare change, and work-related items. A mirror and dressing area can be used to help you get dressed and look presentable before you go outside. If you want, light fixtures, wall color, and artwork can all be used to help your mudroom be a unique and personal space.
Putting it all together
Use the information in this post to help you create a mudroom that will be a valuable addition to your home. Additionally, thinking of your mudroom as a “transition zone” between outside and your home can be a great way to help you put the pieces of the design puzzle together. If you need or would like some help, please don’t hesitate to contact Prime Draft Studio for a free architecture consultation.