Many homes in New England have mudrooms at the entrance of their homes. Mudrooms are semi-separate rooms from the main living space of a home in which people store outdoor equipment, hang coats, and store shoes. When family and friends come in from the cold, harsh weather, it’s nice to have a room that is separate from the house. People can remove their outerwear, and if they are wet or muddy, this filth is not tracked throughout the home. A mudroom as a popular option for a home addition. Read through this blog to learn more about mudrooms, and why you should add a mudroom to your New England home before this winter.
How to Renovate or Build a Mudroom
At WORKS by JD, we are experts at building and renovating mudrooms! With our help, you can add a mudroom to your home very easily. As the mudroom is the first room of the home in which you enter, these rooms can be quite neat, and you be creative with this space. Design yours with a New England feel, and line the walls with benches that make tasks easy and functional. Many mudrooms include organizing/storage centers for things that we need to access quickly during the winter time
What to Keep in the Mudroom
Keep plenty of shoe mats for people to wipe their feet. Organize a basket of gloves, mittens, hats and scarves by the door. If you have pets, keep their outdoor jackets and leashes in the mudroom. Allow enough space to have separate sections. Include one section with clothes, heavy outdoor coats, and winter boots. Design a section of the mudroom with equipment like shovels, umbrellas, ice scrapers, brooms, antifreeze, and salt for the walkways and steps. For athletic accessories, the mudroom is great to store snowshoes, ice skates, hockey sticks, snow toys for the kids. Think of anything you will want on-the-fly during the wintertime, and keep this in the mudroom.
How to Create Storage Units in the Mudroom
Cubbies, lockers, racks, and hooks are the best way to store things in the mudroom. There is nothing off limits to what goes in the mudroom, if you feel that it’s beneficial, store as much as you can in the mudroom. Be sure that you have enough space for everything you want to keep.
Design and Set-Up of the Mudroom
Design your mudroom with a New England feel. Line the walls with benches that make tasks easy and functional, giving people a place to sit down and recoup from the outdoors. Benches, walls, and storage units can be soft smooth, white wood, or could be a deeper mahogany color, depending on what you’re going for. Allow for enough space in the room, and plan your design according to what you want to include in your mudroom. Ceramic or tile floors are usually suggested for mudrooms, as they require easy clean up. Including a sink or a wash unit is helpful for some families as well.
Are you ready to add a mudroom to your New England home? It’s not too late to install a mudroom before this winter. Reach out to us WORKS by JD at (978) 291-7605 for more questions about getting started.