While a chef's kitchen or a pristine master bathroom is exciting to most homeowners, another desirable feature that we frequently see in the custom home building arena is the mudroom.
Today's homeowners want functionality, which is why including a mudroom in a custom home is essentially a requirement. While a mudroom by definition is a space to shed dirty footwear and clothing, it has quickly evolved as one of the main entry points to the home.
Here are some of the latest custom home building trends in mudroom design:
Custom Shelving and Closets
When you're building a custom home, you have the ability to create custom shelving, cabinets, cubbies, and closets that meet your own specifications for neatly storing your possessions away. Give each person in your household his or her own space in your mudroom to keep important items such as car keys, shoes, purses, and backpacks exactly where you need them for when you run out the door.
Durable Materials That Can Withstand Wear and Tear
Mudrooms get a lot of traffic and frequently are visited by wet, muddy shoes. For the floor surface, a non-skid tile is a smart choice. You also want your choice of flooring to not easily show mud and dirt or you will be scrubbing this space regularly.
Central Command Station
For those that desire an orderly home, having a command station--a central hub for storing car keys, mail, phone chargers, and more--has become a very welcomed feature. While some use the front entryway to house their command stations, the mudroom is an even better space for this as it helps to keep the clutter out of the main part of your home.
Multi Purpose Work Zone/Mudroom
Homeowners want the mudroom to be a purposeful space. If you have the room for it, consider building a desk/workstation into the mudroom to house important documents and provide a dedicated workspace. When you're not using the built-in desk for paperwork, you can use this surface to fold clothes.
A Space that Blends With the Rest of Your Home
While mudrooms of the past were purely a functional space, today's mudrooms do not only contribute to a home's functionality, but offer a style that blends well with the rest of the home's decor. Some ways that you could put your own style and personality into this space include adding a cushioned bench with a lively fabric or a daring rug that is luxurious on the feet.
In the custom home building world, we have come to think of the mudroom as a space for housing the equipment of daily life just like a pantry serves as an orderly space for kitchen operations.
To learn more about mudroom trends in some of our latest custom home building projects, please contact us at Empire Custom Builders.