Creating a Functional Mudroom

Mudrooms have become increasingly popular and have also become one of our signature design features.

A mudroom is a storage area, often tucked away near a secondary entrance to the home. It’s likely where the family comes in and out of the home. It’s a hard-working, high-traffic area that sees a lot of jackets, bags, shoes, dirt, and more.

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Life happens in the mudroom! It does in our home, anyway.

So what are the key features in a functional mudroom?

1. Hooks

Mudroom - Indian Bayou

Hooks are great for hanging backpacks, purses, raincoats, winter coats, pet leashes, and more. Hanging items on hooks frees up more mudroom space.

2. Benches

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The first thing you want to do when you come home is take a load off, as well as your shoes. A bench allows you a quick and convenient spot to sit down for the task at hand.

3. Cubbies

Mudroom - Calhoun

Cubbies are perfect for storing shoes, socks, sports gear, and more. Our kids know to take their shoes off and stick them in a cubby as soon as they walk in.

4. Additional Storage

Make your mudroom work double duty by including baskets and bins. This allows each individual cubby to remain organized. Since we keep our kids’ shoes in the mudroom, they also each have a basket of socks. It makes getting out the door a breeze!

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5. Be Creative!

You don’t have to build a traditional mudroom. There are all sorts of creative ways to trim out extra space and storage. These small cubbies are perfect for storing towels in a beach house.

Your mudroom doesn’t have to be a dirty, messy space. It’s a great way to extend the design and detail of your home. We use a variety of materials and techniques when building our mudrooms from shiplap to wainscotting. The options are endless.

Would you include a mudroom in your custom home? Do you have one? If so, do you find it functional?

Baby Guard Pool Fence

Whether you are in the process of building a house with a pool, or just adding a pool to your existing property, you will soon discover some very strict building laws when it comes to pool safety.

We not only have a pool, but we have three small children, so keeping them safe around water is top priority to us. When we were building our home, we added the Baby Guard Pool Fence for an extra layer of protection and peace of mind.

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The fence is made of mesh and a series of reinforced aluminum poles set every 36 inches apart around the pool. Stainless steel safety latches are at all of the access points which can be locked with a key.

Corporate-trained Baby Guard installers come to your pool and install the fence for you. It can be installed on many different surfaces, including pavers, which we have.

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We have really enjoyed this fence and the peace of mind it gives us when we are in the yard with the kids. It can be taken out of the holes in the ground and put away, if need be. We generally will roll a section back while we are swimming, then put it all back in place and lock it up once we are done.

We recommend this fence to clients who choose to include a pool as part of their custom home. Click HERE for more information on Baby Guard Pool Fences.