How To: Create a Clean, Functional Mudroom

by Chris Gardner

How To: Create a Clean, Functional Mudroom

What was once an extravagance for newly built homes of the 1980s and 90s has now become essential to the way contemporary families live: the mud room. A place to keep coats, shoes, pet paraphernalia, backpacks, sort through junk mail, and perhaps even do laundry. A transitional room, a liminal space, if you will, to help translate your home to the rest of your life.

But the high traffic can create a bit of chaos, and the mud room can often become a "junk drawer" for your entire house, creating piles of items that don't have another place.  

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What’s your ‘it’ room?

by DIY Maven

What’s your ‘it’ room?

The May issue of REALTOR Magazine, includes a trend report about the ‘it’ room. The ‘it’ room is the next big thing in residential construction and it’s based on builders’ best guesses. Popular and profitable forecasts of the past included master suites outfitted with equally impressive master bathrooms and media rooms. On the horizon some builders are betting that those media room will move from basements to the main floor. Other guesses include...

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My New Craft Room: The Work Station

by DIY Maven

With the walls painted, it was time to address the work station. I considered the surface space that seemed comfortable. I wanted enough room to spread out but not so big that it would overpower the room. I decided 22" by 48" would work just fine. As it happened, we had an old, laminated desktop–leftover from another re-do–out in the garage accumulating dust. It was on the big size, so MWT* trimmed it down to size.

I also knew I wanted two...

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Would you have multiple laundry rooms?

by DIY Maven

Would you have multiple laundry rooms?

In the 80's laundry rooms moved up from basements to first floors. In the 90's they moved from first to second floors to be near bedrooms. Now the trend is to have multiple laundry rooms. And not just two but three. The third servicing walkout basements that lead to pools and guest areas.

So, this is the question, if you had the space and the cash, would you have multiple laundry rooms?

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