Focus on Mudrooms: Bring on the Mud (Room)

Their name may be “mud,” but mud rooms should not be dismissed like the dirt beneath your feet.  When planning a new log or timber home, including a mud room may turn out to be one of your smartest design decisions.  Here are some things to consider when planning your mud room:

Placement.  Yes, your mud room should be adjacent to a well used, informal entryway, but what if you have more than one of those?  If aLaundry/Mud Room walk-out basement is part of your log home plan, consider a mud room on the lower level in addition to one on the main floor.

Plumbing.  If your mud room shares a wall with the kitchen or laundry room, incorporating a small bathroom – or at least a sink – is a great way to ensure that dirt, pollen, and irritants like poison ivy are left at the door.  Accessible plumbing also facilitates perks like a dog washing station or potting area.

Flooring.  Perhaps the most important finish choice for a mud room is the flooring.  Durable and easy-to-clean should be your floor-shopping mantra, and eschew any material that becomes slippery when wet.  Rubber flooring is a great choice for mud rooms, and some homeowners swear by indoor-outdoor carpet.  In a rustic log home or log cabin, natural stone or matte-finish tile are serviceable choices that may also fit the home’s décor.  If your mud room will use the same highly polished wood or tile as the kitchen, consider a rubber anti-fatigue mat to keep the area slip-free.

Seating.  A place to sit down and take off boots is a must.  A bench is a great solution and can do double duty if there’s room underneath to keep those boots out of the way.

Storage.  A combination of open and closed storage spaces allow easy access to shoes, for example, while providing a hiding place for seasonal items behind closed doors.  Lockers or open cubbies are popular storage choices that allow each family member to have his or her own space.  Wall-mounted hooks are great for frequently used items that need to be grabbed on the run.

Schedules.  Since the mud room usually serves as a family’s main entrance to the house, it’s a great place to keep the calendar.  A bulletin board or white board is also a great way to keep everyone “in the loop” as they come and go.

The mud room may turn out to be the most-used – and hardest working – area in the house, so a little advanced planning will pay off in the long run.

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