After and hour or so in traffic, you finally make it home from a long day of work. You have your purse, coat, briefcase, overcoat, car keys, and/or other items that you can't wait to drop as soon as you enter your home. Is there a designated place in your home design for these items? How about a Mudroom? A mudroom is an area of the home designed for entering and leaving the house - a buffer between the outdoors and indoors. Mudrooms are high traffic areas used daily so they are designed to handle dirt, grime, wear & tear.
Today, mudrooms are in high demand in home designs and have been for sometime. A carefully designed mudroom acts as a place to drop off items use on a regular basis such as briefcases, coats, dirty work boots, kids back packs, sports equipment, etc. The ideal place for a mudroom is just off the garage next to the kitchen and laundry. This is assuming that the laundry is located on the first floor of a two story home. A powder room or half bath near the mudroom is a plus and highly recommend. Although, the laundry and mudroom can be incorporated together, if possible make each room seperate.
Mudrooms help to keep the clutter out of the kitchen and laundry room. Mudrooms are designed to incorporate things like hooks or closets for storing winter coats, storage bins, cubbies, or lockers for storing things like skies and hockey sticks, bench seat to provide seating to remove dirty shoes. Some families use this area to house freezers. Other uses for mudrooms include being a dog kennel for the family dog.
At bare minimum, your mudroom should be large enough to have a bench seat with storage beneath the bench for shoes and 3 to 4 coat hooks for hanging coats. A more comfortable mudroom will include a bench seat, coat closet, and a shelf for dropping keys and other small items. A wall mirror above the shelf is a nice add-on to check your apperance when leaving or returning home. If your design permits, a large expansive mudroom is highly recommended. Here you can truly make a nice buffer zone for your home. Here you can include your bench seat, coat closet, a shoe rack, an umbrella stand, additional shelving for keys and other small odd items, wall mirror, a utility sink to wash mud off or shoes, lockers or cubbies, storage bins, and a freezer.
Photo of the Cashion Residence Mudroom design
Ultimately, the size and use of a mudroom is totally depended on the activities and lifestyle of the homeowner. However, a mudroom is an important area of the home and is an essential part of the overall design of a house plan. At the very least this room and the important square footage it uses, adds value to your home. Every homeowner should want one.