Mud and laundry rooms are one of the utilized spaces in a home, yet are often neglected during the design phase. If you are building a new house or renovating a home, don't forget to pay attention to this space!
Things to think about:
- LIGHTING. Who wants to fold clothes in a small, dark space? Add a skylight if there isn't a window or, at least, install plenty of overhead LED lighting to make the space bright. I use Aspect recessed LED in my projects.
- ROUTINES. Who uses this space? Are you hanging school bags and sports equipment? What about mom's tennis gear? Don't forget pets - dog food storage and a feeding area could help keep Fido organized too!
- STORAGE, STORAGE, STORAGE. Install cabinets of various depths to keep vacuum hoses from tangling, towels stacked, and shoes tidy in cubbies.
- WATER. If you can, put a sink! Having a space to wash & rinse away dirt just may save your life. This Blanco undermount is one of my favorites.
- FLOORING. Make sure you put a durable product on the floor. Tile is the No. 1 choice, but be creative and use an interesting pattern or texture. Tile comes in finishes that look like natural stone, wood and even brick! What I wouldn't give for a herringbone brick floor in my mud room!