Setting the Stage — Valleyhigh Mudroom

Posted on June 5, 2014 in Blog

Setting the Stage — Valleyhigh Mudroom
Squeezing by the washer and dryer at the start and end of each day, my clients could not help but be reminded of an endless chore — laundry! Relocating the laundry facilities and designing a proper mudroom allows for a smoother, stress-free transition when the family enters and exits their home.

“Impressively and pleasantly hive-like” is how I described this family’s household in my previous post featuring their redesigned master bathroom. The husband and wife are accomplished professionals, and the kids are involved in sports and other activities. The family is constantly coming and going, always with something in hand — briefcases, backpacks, hockey bags, lacrosse sticks, groceries, dry-cleaning.

Converting the laundry room into a mudroom to accommodate all their activities and accoutrements was the “best design decision we made,” according to the man of the house.

That’s because this space has always served as the family’s primary entry and exit, so having it set up accordingly greatly improves their everyday experience.   Burlington-MudRoom-B-ATo create the sense of calm and order necessary for a fresh start and smooth reentry each morning and evening, I repurposed an upstairs closet as a laundry room. Bye-bye, bulky washer and dryer! So long, laundry piles! I then designed and designated three drawers, three hooks and three “catch all” baskets — one for each child — to help keep things tidy and findable. A large two-door cupboard holds cleaning and pool supplies.

The bench cushion is made of water- and stain-proof fabric that unzips easily for laundering. The wainscoting wipes down easily to maintain its freshly painted appearance. Everything was custom-designed by me to meet the family’s specific needs and storage requirements, and built by a custom cabinetmaker.

Featured products include Perennials indoor-outdoor stain resistant fabric in soothing blue with earth tones; Custom Cabinetry designed by Joanne Jakab Interior Design matched to BM OC50, Benjamin Moore Aura Matte CSP-, Hardware Lee Valley, Baskets Home Sense with Custom fabricated liners in Perennials Fabric, flooring Travertine Random Pattern tile.


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