Jan 21, 2013

Adding a Mudroom to Your Home: Here’s Everything you Need to Know

What Is A Mudroom In A House?

If you are unfamiliar with the term “mudroom”, it is a room in your home that acts as a portal between the outdoors and indoors. Or in other words, a mudroom is a home’s secondary entrance that acts as a dedicated space to remove muddy or dirty shoes, coats, and more.  If you have kids or pets, maybe both, you might strongly consider adding a mudroom to the side of your house.  While they’re more commonly seen in country homes, they’re becoming more popular in city homes as well.

Benefits Of Adding A Mudroom

Adding a mudroom to a house may seem like a natural necessity here in the Midwest because of the four seasons, especially our wet springs and snowy winters.  If you’re considering home improvements, building a mudroom allows for organization of tangible items that we use and wear every day such as shoes, coats, backpacks, sporting equipment soiled or wet clothing preventing dirt from being tracked throughout your home. Mudrooms also come in handy for homeowners with pets allowing them to wash or dry them off before letting them in your living space.  Since a mudroom bridges the space between outdoors and indoors, if you don’t have one you can easily build a mudroom by converting current space or building an addition. Below are ideas to help inspire adding a mudroom in your home.

Consider Maintenance & Upkeep When Building A Mudroom

Your mudroom will be the hardest working room in your home due to the abuse it will endure and will require more durable and easier to clean materials. Applying beadboard or wainscoting will help prevent scratching and denting on your walls while your kids are lugging around their sporting equipment.  Using waterproof paint on your walls and trim will help with rain and snow that will be dripping off coats and boots. Linoleum, tile, concrete or resin flooring will work well tolerating muddy boots and also is less resistant to slipping when wet.

Mudroom Closet Ideas

Ever thought of turning a closet into a mudroom? You can easily convert your closet to a mudroom by removing the doors, adding cubby areas, hooks for coats on the back wall and adding baskets for mudroom storage for each member of your family and voilà! You have an instant mudroom.

Create Mudroom Lockers Or Cubbies for Every Member Of Your Family

Do you feel like your kids are always missing something whether it is a glove, their soccer shoes or their backpack?  Well look no further, you can create a mudroom storage space or cubby area for everyone in your family to keep their prized possessions and necessities in one central location.  Not only will you be able to find belongings easier, but it will also teach everyone where to put things away keeping clutter at a minimum compared to what it used to be. You can even make it more personal for everyone by adding their name or initials above their cubby area.

Pet Washing Friendly Mudroom

Give your dog some more TLC by making bathing easier on you and them. The new trend popping up in homes is adding a designated pet washing area in their mudroom. Instead of having to lift your dog into the tub you could now have a tiled area that they are able to walk in to clean them.  Pet washing areas also pose as a double purpose for a quick spray down area for the kids too.

Adding A Mudroom Addition

Adding a mudroom addition to your home is not going to cost you an arm and a leg because the standard size for them is usually 6’x6’ or 8’x8’. If you are intending to have your washer and dryer a part of your mudroom area you may want to increase the size of you space. If you hire a local remodeling contractor, they will be able to let you know if you could knock out walls and use and existing area or if a whole new addition would be necessary.  Either way, adding a mudroom addition will pay for itself containing dirt and used- to-be clutter all in one convenient area.

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