Wednesday, January 9, 2013

a mudroom for the masses

We moved into this house a little over five years ago, and it's a great family home - two stories, four bedrooms, in a quiet neighborhood we love. It was built in 1996 so not an old house by any means, but definitely built in the era before people discovered the art of the mudroom locker.

We've lived without and made do and it's definitely not been a terrible hardship in a world where many go without clean water and other basic necessities.

{A quick glance at the before.}


But now with three kids (two school aged) and bigger and bulkier gear, it was time to find a place to put the shoes. and the snowpants. and the backpacks, lunch boxes, and sports gear. and the coats.

Don't forget the boots.


We tried really hard to contain the scope of the basement project to the, errr, basement, but adding lockers to our home was one project we really wanted to tack on.

I'm so glad we did.


We took an existing closet from the laundry room (which is near the door to the garage) and had our builder take out the closet frame and existing wire shelving. He then built into the 60 inch opening a boot box with a hinged lid, lockers with hooks, open cubbies for baskets, and some cabinet space up top.


I had an idea of what we wanted and he had some pictures of what he's done in the past, and we were able to come up with something that I think will work for us for a good, long time.


Thankful for a lovely, warm home filled with the people I love most in this world.

And thankful that we finally have a place to rest our shoes at night.

{And mothers all over the land breathed Amen}

Builder: Chet Glass Builders // Paint: Benajamin Moore Dove White // Rug: World Market 
Baskets: Sturbridge Yankee Workshop {no longer available, but similar to these

6 comments:

  1. That is really cool! I would love to have a space like that. In Arizona, we probably wouldn't need much space for coats and boots, but definitely for backpacks and light jackets, shoes, and all the various items that can end up strewn all over...

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  2. Awesome (and honestly -- I'm tripping over boots jealous.) :)

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  3. It reminds me of your parents' house. They had a mud room before mud rooms were cool. I love it all, especially the rug.

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  4. Looks awesome! I can imagine how great it must be, I have trouble keeping my stuff put away, and it's just me living here. :) Yay for you!

    xoxo,
    Gayle | Grace for Gayle

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  5. Love it! So very functional!!!

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