Thank you all SO MUCH for weighing in on my master bath layout dilemmas last week. I love hearing from so many of you and you always give me different things to consider then had ever crossed my mind. Some of you even emailed me your own sketches for layout ideas. I mean…who are you people? You’re amazing!!!! The good news is I think I’m getting close. The bad news is, I still did like 14 more sketches over the weekend. I have to stop soon, it’s ridiculous.
Today I want to talk about a space that’s easier because it’s pretty straight forward- the mudroom! You might recall that we currently have a teeny tiny mudroom that I posted about here. Despite its shortcomings, I am thankful for this space every day and twice a day in the winter. I seriously have no idea what we’d do without it!
With our addition, we’ll be able to get a much larger mudroom. I literally squealed when our architect first presented these plans. I guess these are the things you get excited about when you live in Boston with 2 boys and a husband and an insane amount of winter gear for 1/2 the year. The space has gone through a few revisions already (um…because I’m a control freak) but here is the latest version.
Do you hear the renovation angels singing? That’s a 12’x9′ mudroom with 10 feet of cubby space. I want to cry at the thought of it. You can also see the new powder room is off the mudroom which I love because right now it’s off our kitchen which disgusts me but what can ya do I guess…at least it’s there. We looked at plenty of houses that had no powder room on the first floor and that just sounds like a nightmare (potty training?!?!?!) But let’s get back to the mudroom…
I really only care about 2 things in the mudroom – flooring and storage (lighting is a close 3rd). I need great looking but hard wearing floors and maximum storage. I’ve been debating this idea of closed storage lockers vs. the traditional open cubbies. I love the cubby but I feel like it always looks cluttered and being able to close a door and hide all that clutter seems like such a luxury – especially since the mudroom is a pass through to the powder room which will get lots of use when we’re entertaining. Obviously this requires having sufficient depth to the room so when someone is standing at their cubby with the door open, others can still get around in there. I think I have the depth though so cubbies with doors are still on my list.
Here’s a great example – love the corkboards over each cubby (maybe magnetic whiteboards would be better to keep pins out of a barefoot area?), the open storage above and the pull out shoe bins. Are they drawers? Are they on casters? I’m so intrigued…
Another closed mudroom storage example. This one looks more like actual lockers but I think I prefer the door not extend all the way down to the floor (like in the example above).
This is my other all time favorite mudroom. The details are just spectacular. Again I love the open storage above each cubby (the arches!!) and the pull out shoe storage. But it’s open storage…hmm.
You’ll notice in the plans above there’s also a small 2′ window between the 4 cubbies. Depending on the height I was thinking it could be a good spot for a built in bench/cushion top with more built in storage for out of season gear (beach towels, etc).
Now let’s discuss floors. I’m obsessed with the idea of brick floors in the mudroom at the moment, especially laid in a herringbone pattern. It just seems a. bulletproof and b. appropriate for a home of this age.
Woah. Just WOAH.
This is a nice example of how to transition from the brick into hardwood which I’d need to do at the transition of my mudroom to the kitchen.
I was at Anthropologie last week in the dressing room and instead of trying on my clothes like a normal person I got completely side tracked with taking 35 photos of the floor in there. Wouldn’t this be great in a mudroom? I think it’s some kind of concrete paver type material. Love the tumbled edges and the texture the brick adds vs. regular tile.
So let’s here it, what do you think? Closed lockers or open cubby storage in the mudroom? And if you have any experience with brick floors indoors I’d love to hear it!