The mudroom, or boot room, originated in rural areas of the past. Roads were unpaved and almost always muddy or dusty. To keep from tracking dirt into the house, occupants and their guests left their muddy boots and wet coats or umbrellas in the mud area, which was often a tiny room by the kitchen with a door that led to the back of the house.
Today, mudrooms still serve the same purpose, as home remodeling contractors would know, but they have also evolved into bigger and more stylish rooms with the double duty of also keeping sports equipment, cleaning implements, tools and other things people would rather keep out of their main living areas.
Even if you live in a small home, it’s a good idea to add a mudroom. The trick is to determine its purpose before building it. Would it only serve to house your shoes, or would it also play an additional role? Here are some considerations for building a mudroom.
When thinking about the items that should be in a mudroom, look around your home. Bikes, umbrellas, shoes, raincoats, gardening tools and supplies, bags, etc. all count. By determining what you’ll be keeping in your mudroom, you’ll be able to come up with the right size and storage areas.
If you like washing your hands before entering your home, especially after a few hours of gardening or playing a game of basketball, a sink is a great addition. This means you need to consider the water supply and plumbing.
Traditionally, a mudroom is a small extension of the kitchen leading to the back of the house. That is still the best location, so if you’re thinking about kitchen remodeling, this is the best time to plan the mudroom extension. If you hardly ever use the back door, however, you might want to think about adding a porch in front of your front door, instead.
The best mudroom layout is one in which you can quickly pass through without having to avoid obstructions. It makes for a simple design that doesn’t look cluttered. You can arrange the furniture in an L or a U design, depending on how you want your layout. You might have to move anything that’s in the way, such as a radiator or even a window.
To maximize the space, put the shoe storage racks at the base. Consider a bench that doubles as a shoe storage area underneath using cubbyholes. On the second level, put hooks for hanging coats, jackets, bags, umbrellas, and others. The third level just beneath the ceiling is for keeping items you don’t use often, such as sports equipment. You can add more racks to frame the door or any other area, as long as they don’t go against the design or get in the way.
Marcela Montoya Remodeling can help you build your new mudroom. We also offer other services, such as bathroom remodeling. Our goal is to please our clients and do the job right the first time, every time. Call us today at (954) 900-9992. We are ready to accommodate your remodeling and rebuilding needs in West Palm Beach, FL, and in other areas around Florida.