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The mudroom is arguably one of the most important utilitarian rooms of the home. It stores dirty boots, dripping raincoats, and sports equipment. It's a guest's first impression of your home when she or he walks through the door.
So when a homeowner was looking for a custom-designed storage-saving all-in-one mudroom, the designers at Closets by Design were eager to lend their expertise.
This is the "before" picture. The small space seemed even smaller with a washing machine and dryer packed in. The unfinished walls and floor and outdated decor didn't do the space any favors. On top of that, clutter amassed in corners and atop surfaces without a place to put it all made this room, well, a disaster. Click through the gallery to see the lighter, brighter transformation!
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And voila! The new and improved mudroom/kitchen combination The experts at Closets by Design interviewed the customer to incorporate the family’s specific needs into the custom designs and installations. A more modern sink and washer and dryer were installed, along with new countertops, new flooring, drywall, and a new paint job in mustard tones. An electrician made provisions for the mudroom toe kicks to accommodate toe-kick heaters.
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Every square inch of space was taken advantage of. On the opposite wall from the sink, major appliances, and cabinets, a set of built-in open-faced closets were installed, complete with racks on the bottom for shoes, vertical cubbies with affixed hooks for hanging winter coats and backpacks, and lined baskets up top for other odds and ends. On the ceiling, modern circular fixtures replaced the old hanging lamp.
The golden rule of the renovation was getting back to basics. In this home, the mudroom was treated as a landing zone for family to leave and take items on the go -- on the way to work for the adults, school for the kids.
Jackets, hats, shoes, and gloves used to make their way to the kitchen counter, piled in corners, stacked on surfaces -- everywhere except where they belonged! Closets by Design custom designed and installed the tall cabinet next to the mudroom as a built-in armoire. As you can see here, the storage can accommodate four or five family members!
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"On-the-go" really is key phrasing for the design in this room. In order to de-clutter the doorway, experts from Closets by Design carved out an area a few feet away from the entrance to install a built-in all-in-one catchall for shoes, jackets, and hats.
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Swapped Sink and Countertops
A deep-well sink was installed, perfect to rinse off dirty boots or even wash the family pet indoors.
According to Charles Waterman, representative from Closets by Design, "Stainless-steel sinks work well in the mudroom. If they are scratched, it will just be a matter of time until the scratches become part of the patina." Granite was the chosen material for the countertops.
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For the built-in, the majority of the product used by the company is melamine. For the bench, a soft edge was used to protect the back of the legs.
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As shown here, a coat closet can be gutted out and replaced with a series of cubbies and hooks. This keeps everything in easy reach and line of sight. A row of hooks allows family members to hang their wet snow gear. And up top, the customer bought a collection of baskets for other accessories.
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Here's an idea: Give children their own basket to store their hats, gloves, and scarves so the items don’t get lost in a big pile. Closets by Design offers steel baskets in both chrome plating and white paint; the baskets come with ball-bearing slides. And because their systems are custom, they can adjust the design to fit the accessories, leaving the room clear and clutter-free.
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