Our Mill Street Mudroom project is finally complete. A project we started designing out over a year ago.
For these clients, a functional mudroom was something that they needed in order to keep a busy household of five in multiple sports, activities, and schools organized and have a drop zone for all of the things.
The space before was your typical, build-grade mudroom. It had three sectioned-off areas … one, when you walk in from the garage, another “storage” section, and the furthest one back, is where the washer and dryer were homed.
Initially, when we walked into the space, the clients knew they wanted to open it all up into one, big space and add in a custom locker storage unit to help keep organized for each person.
You’ll see here that the wire shelving and add-in benches worked – but they mentioned as the kid’s get older, the equipment gets bigger. So, the space was feeling tighter and tighter.
And you’ll notice that this space was used for a lot of snack overflow storage from their kitchen which backs up to the mudroom. Our main goal was to get this family as much storage space as we could!
And more wire shelving units. The door to even get into this space didn’t make sense as it covered up the back wall and took up space.
Design & Renderings
After our visit and learning about what our clients were looking for, we kicked off designs.
We love when clients aren’t afraid of a pop of color, and that’s something that this family mentioned they would divulge in.
We knew that locker storage was a must, and those design details were finalized in the rendering phase. A spot for each person in the fam to drop their items before trailing into the rest of the house.
The clients also wanted to add in an Elkay Water Bottle Filler, like what the Molitor family added into their sport court. An easy way to fill up before heading out the door.
We don’t have many under construction photos of this project since we demoed the space, and then waited to have a clear timeline on cabinets before doing the construction work.
But once we knew about the cabinetry delivery – we cruised to get this space back in order!
After our long wait for cabinets… the finished product!
The room itself feels so much bigger and more open than it did in the before photos. You felt crammed into each of the three areas, and now have so much more room to maneuver through the space.
We went with a stained knotty alder on the bench portion of the lockers, and then matched that stain with the floating shelves on the opposite wall to add in some warmth and contrast with the blue cabinetry.
The room being open also helps immensely with the natural light – this window was hidden back and now is front and center.
We went with a light, bright, textured backsplash to add in another element to the space. We wanted the backsplash to compliment the flooring, but pop from the cabinetry.
Another must have for our clients was a spot for their coffee machine that wasn’t in the kitchen.
They wanted for it to have its own space out of the way of crazy mornings, and also be easy to grab and go on their way out the door.
For this project, we knew organization was going to be the key to success.
With that being said, we had our professional organizer from Wardrobe Concierge come in and help us reorganize, and make sure all of the items that were previously stored in the space had new homes.
She also brought a handy label maker that is controlled by an app – and our client kept it for future organizing adventures.
The Elkay Water Bottle Filler was placed to the right of the lockers, closer to the door to the garage.
It’s also the perfect spot to have the kids be in charge of filling up their own water bottles before school or sporting practices/events!
A look from the other side – a cozy bench, mirror and olive tree combination is all it needed. We also replaced the door coming in from the garage, which is painted in Kendall Charcoal.
And we of course have to chat about the pocket door doggy gate that Kyle crafted! He worked countless hours on figuring out a solution that would make sure our clients needs were met.
When chatting through designs, our clients mentioned that the mudroom is also where they kennel their dogs while they’re gone, so they wanted an aesthetic way to include this in the renovation.
They also didn’t want it to take up too much space, so having it be a pocket door style gate was the perfect solution.
Kyle’s working on a tutorial to share more of the details behind the custom build, which we’ll be sharing with you soon.
We think it’s safe to say that everyone’s a fan of the end result, including these two!
Wall Paint| Sink | Faucet | Countertops | Cabinetry Paint Color | Door Hardware | Drawer Hardware | Flooring | Backsplash | Ceiling Light Fixture | Water Bottle Filler | Bench | Hooks | Garage Door Color | White Marble Vase | Dried Natural Canary Grass Bunch – Sienna | Mango Wood Bowl | Runner Rug