The 21st Century Mud Room
Before we look at today’s mud room, lets look at the history of the Mud Room. Farm and manor houses had a back room or porch where farmers would deposit their soiled clothes and boots and wash up at a pump before entering the main house.
This is a perfect example of a farm house with the mud room attached to the back of the home.
In the late 1970′s, the laundry room moved up from the basement and the mud room/laundry room combination became the logical transition from the outside into the home.
The disadvantage to this arrangement was the obvious conflict between outside dirt and the need for cleanliness with the wash. Today, the laundry rooms are usually separated from the mudroom and are built closer to the bedrooms. This ideal has been well received by homeowners especially in two story or split-level homes, or even in the larger single story home.
Ideally, today’s mudroom should serve as an entrance to the house from both the garage (if attached) and the rear of the house. A well-designed mudroom serves as a great place for backpacks, sports equipment, purse, car keys, jackets, umbrella’s, brief cases, boots, sneakers, beach bag, and more.
This keeps the clutter out of the kitchen and helps keep busy families better organized. This is also a great place to hang a bulletin board with game schedules, or a chalk board to write short reminders to other family members.
Mudrooms can accommodate such things as hooks, hangers, storage cabinets, walk in closets, locker size cubbyholes, shoe racks, umbrella stand, and built in desks.
Mudrooms may even serve as a dog kennel when the family is away from the home.
The mudroom should be where the FAMILY entrance to the home is, not at your front door where you receive your guest.
Where mudrooms are for the family and located at the back of the home, it’s a smart idea to have some accommodations at your front entrance as well. This entry features a cozy recessed niche that offers a place for you or your guest to drop off a bag, purse, or briefcase and ample room for coats.
If your entry space is in short supply and you’re tired of entry turmoil, consider a mudroom addition to accommodate your family’s needs. Here an addition provides just enough space for a mudroom to serve a full house. Hooks hold purses, coats, and hats while a storage bench conceals winter-weather accessories. Reliable tile flooring makes cleanup easy.
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