Is an entryway to your home cluttered with shoes, coats, and more? Imagine how nice it would be to walk into your home without tripping over everything that doesn’t have “a home” near the entrance! If you’re living in an older home, you’re probably craving a place for those things to hide. In fact, many floor plans for newer construction single family homes include a mudroom to collect these things so they’re out of the way but still convenient for residents.
According to a study by Home from the Heart, mudrooms are growing in popularity for new and veteran homeowners. A reported 52% of people polled listed a mudroom in their home layout must-haves. The days of sequestering guests to a formal living room are gone, and so are cluttered entries.
Find Space to Build a Mudroom
If you’re contemplating how to incorporate a mudroom into your existing footprint, we can help identify opportunities that are unique to your home. We’ve worked with several Charlotte-area clients to find the best space within their home’s current footprint to add a mudroom. Keep in mind, you don’t always need to add on to get the space you need for a mudroom.
What’s key to making your mudroom function is its location. The ideal location for a mudroom is close to the entrance you use most often.
Put a Mudroom Near the Back Door
Few people use their front door for everyday living. Most enter their homes from backdoors or garage entries.
Do you have children? Keeping kids belongings organized and out of the way can be a never ending challenge. For one family in the Lansdowne area of Charlotte, finding space for a mudroom was critical to taming the chaos. For this family, our professional designer and builders worked together to create the perfect spot to capture these items.
Where did we find the space?
An exterior storage closet near the back door provided the perfect solution. Design plans were finalized and approved to incorporate the closet into the interior floorplan.
We moved the water heater and electrical panel and relocated the laundry room to make space for the mudroom.
The new, larger laundry room/mudroom was exactly what they wanted. We installed built-in cubbies with seats, storage bins, and hooks which works great for hanging coats, backpacks, and tying shoes.
Closets Become Mudroom Space
Kids will be kids. When they get home from school, or anyplace for that matter, they usually deposit coats, shoes, and backpacks just inside the door. It’s no wonder mudrooms are so popular!
One family in Providence Plantation coined it perfectly when they called and asked us to build a kid-friendly “drop zone.”
When exploring their floorplan we found two little-used closets near the garage entry into the home that were a pocket of wasted space.
Our designers eliminated the closets and our experienced craftsmen built out a mudroom with plenty of useful storage.
The new mudroom cubbies (aka lockers) give them the “drop zone” they needed! Specially configured for maximum storage, the new cubbies each include three separate storage bins in addition to a seat and hooks.
Mudroom Lockers Improve Laundry Room Functionality
It’s not always necessary to find new or additional space to build a mudroom. A simple way to add a mudroom is by renovating the existing laundry room.
If your laundry is already located near an entrance and has some space, you can add custom storage to create a dual-purpose room.
Most of the homes in the Sharon Woods neighborhood were built in the late ’70s-early ’80s. The floorplans lack mudrooms but many include separate laundry rooms.
The owners of one such home tasked us with remodeling their laundry room to also function as a mudroom. We upgraded their existing space and built custom wall lockers opposite the washer and dryer.
The new space fit their needs to a tee! There’s now a spot to hang coats and store shoes for everyone in the family. Even better, once laundry is clean and folded, each person’s pile can be deposited on their cubby bench for pick-up! How’s that for improved function!
Let Us Find Your New Mudroom Storage Solution
At Case Design/Remodeling of Charlotte, we work with homeowners to improve livability. If you want a mudroom but are not sure whether you have the space to build one, call and speak with one of our designers.
We will evaluate your floor plan, listen to how you use your existing space, and come up with a solution that works for your family!