Sammamish Ridge Estates Lot 1 Mud Room

What Is a Mudroom and Why Do I Need One?

Sammamish Ridge Estates Lot 1 Mud RoomSammamish Ridge Estates – Lot 1 Mudroom

By Melissa Saliba | In-House Designer

According to Merriam-Webster, a mudroom is defined as “a room in a house designed especially for the shedding of dirty or wet footwear and clothing…” The mudroom is typically located as you enter the garage on the main floor or can also be in the basement coming in from the backyard. At the Burnsteads, we incorporate mudrooms into almost every custom home we build within the Greater Seattle Area as we feel it is a necessity in today’s modern family. Our mudrooms typically consist of a bench for sitting and taking off your shoes, hooks for hanging your coats & bags, and cubbies for storing your shoes.

Our Burnstead custom-built contemporary homes have mudrooms that are incorporated into the laundry rooms, which as a designer I believe is a great idea! Just imagine coming into your spotless home from a hard day’s work outside gardening or the kids have been playing outside in the rainy PNW weather – everyone can just peel off their dirty, muddy boots and clothes in the laundry room and drop their clothes directly into the washer and their shoes into their cubbies without tracking dirt throughout the house. Just think of having a dedicated space for all those random shoes cluttering your front entry and outerwear that you may find currently thrown in random places around your home. I can tell you, having a dedicated place to store shoes, jackets, backpacks and purses is a sanity saver and will help you keep your home clean and organized.

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So if the idea of having a mudroom is appealing to you and you are looking to design your own mudroom, I highly recommend visiting Houzz.com and Pinterest.com to get inspiration for fun and unique colors and designs. To get you started, let me offer you a few design tips. As for materials and hard surfaces used in mudrooms, tile floors in a mudroom are a great option because it is easy to clean. However some people prefer hardwood if it is on the main level of the home so it flows with the rest of the first floor. Cabinets can be stained or painted. There isn’t always a window in the mudroom so choosing a light paint color is a great option to create a fresh and bright atmosphere.  If you have a countertop in the mudroom, quartz is a great option because it will clean easily and won’t stain.

Here’s to a more organized and spotless home!