Where to start. You may recall that during our remodel in 2011 we had initially planned to add a mudroom off of our kitchen. In the end, we decided to pass on this…..modifying the house but adding no square footage. We are pretty conservative, and didn’t want to bite off more than we could chew. We told ourselves we’d save and add one if we needed it.
Fast forward to Saturday. Kids were napping…..husband and I were hanging out and I checked my email to see someone was trying to find a home for their 1 year old goldendoodle. We called them immediately and almost hopped right in the car to go look. We have a lot of travel coming up and the timing couldn’t be worse but in the moment we thought it was a good idea. Long story short, we got on the phone with a dog trainer we know (who trains service dogs and lots of the politicians dogs in the DC area) and he completely talked us off the ledge….
But……it brought back to the front burner the discussion around the need for a mudroom off the kitchen. Surprisingly, my husband isn’t just on board, but is enthusiastic. So of course, I’ve gone back to my inspiration files to get some ideas while we crunch some numbers and talk to our builder (who I happened to run into at the grocery store during the whole back and forth with the dog’s owners).
Anyways, long story short….here is what is really speaking to me. In addition to a spot to sit and put on shoes and hang jackets, we want to do a half bath, a broom closet and a place to charge computers/ipads/phones…..nothing too crazy. This next image looks perfect. I might do pull out trays or drawers for the shoes…..but really, there isn’t much I’d change.
via Flickr (anyone know the source?)
Here is an image I’ve shared before. See the drawers for the shoes….and the flooring is probably the route we would go…..we have the same material in the entrance to our back-house (my office) which would be about two steps from the mudroom door.
Suzanne Kasler (photo by Thibault Jeanson for Veranda)
On this next one, I like the tall cabinets on each side. Good for keeping things like step stool, vacuum, sports equipment, etc. I am all about storage these days! I’d add a cushion on the bench and our ceilings are 8 ft, so we couldn’t do the arch….although it is nice.
Mark Darley Photography
This last image intrigues me. I do like how the furniture gives it more the feeling of a living space than a mudroom. We probably need something more utilitarian….but it does appeal to me.
Warmington and North
See anything you like?
Any Mudroom “must haves” to share?