During the summer of 2010, my husband and I decided it was finally time to get started on my long dreamed of mudroom. Our goal was to claim underutilized space in our garage to create a transition space into the house where we could wrangle the pile of shoes, backpacks, jackets and other detritus which had been piling up in the corner of our family room, thwarting all my efforts to organize it.
As friends, readers and listeners know, it has been a long, drawn out process getting the mudroom finished. But nearly 1.5 years later, I’m happy to report the mudroom is done, and to share my husband’s handy work:
A new door, with a window so no one gets hit by a swinging door when in the mudroom, gives a view of bike central at the bottom of the stairs.
I kept pushing my husband to add more storage – which inspired this space at the bottom of the stairs. Bags hanging under the counter hold equipment for sports the kids are currently playing, and shelves provide space for their shoes.
The two details shown here – a vent for heat and the vinyl on the stairs – where the two most hotly debated by me and my husband. In both cases, I won the argument, getting him to tie into the existing ventilation system to keep air flowing, and covering the stairs with industrial strength vinyl (quick money saving tip – we didn’t cover the risers, we just painted to match).
My husband boxed in the radon system pipe that runs from the basement, creating a small space between the box and the wall – perfect for bike shoes and gloves!
Up the stairs to the mudroom which has four lockers (one for each member of our family), a blackboard, bulletin board, mail center and lots of shelves.
From the living room, two of our lockers are visible. While we originally planned on assigning the shelves above each locker to that person, it occurred to us that the kids are too short to use the space (dur). So instead we store our shoes up top, leaving more room for the kids down below.
Speaking of short – we also had to install a second row of hooks for Sophie (our 6 year old), who was having trouble reaching the top row to put her things away.
The seat of each locker raises up to provide additional storage – perfect for hats and mittens. By angling the base of the seat, we could store shoes without having them intrude into our limited floor space.
Grown up shoes go up top – Is my husband the only guy with 5 pairs of shoes that look exactly the same??
This wall serves as information center for the house, storing mail (looks like it’s time to go through all the magazines), keys and assorted pieces of information from school.
The process of building this mudroom was painful – just ask my friends who had to listen to me complain. But in the end, it was totally worth the effort.
Although I still think we could use more shelves.