What is a Mudroom?

Oseye Boyd
Written by Oseye Boyd
Updated August 8, 2014
Often used as an additional entrance into the home, mudrooms often provide organization and storage solutions for busy families. (Photo courtesy of ORG Home)

Homeowners are adding mudrooms during home remodeling projects to boost storage and functionality.

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A mudroom is a simple room. Basically, it’s the room where you place your shoes, coats and umbrellas, and where children unload backpacks and sports equipment. But don’t let the utilitarian purpose fool you into the thinking a mudroom should be boring.

Modern mudroom remodels or builds combine functionality with aesthetics to offer a room that serves as a secondary entrance or staging area, often separating the garage and house.

“They’re a big deal for people because you get a lot of bang for very little buck,” says Jonie Spetter, owner of highly rated Hoosier Closets of Greenfield, Indiana. “Folks are looking into them and realizing that it doesn’t cost that much and it really adds a lot as far as organization.”

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Mudrooms often include a small seating area, as well as customized cabinets, wall cubbies, hooks and other storage features to make organizing a breeze for busy families, says Adam Lindley, owner of highly rated LGL Construction of Tempe, Arizona.

Cost for converting an existing space into a mudroom often starts around $1,500, contractors say.

“Basically, they’re looking for a command center for their kids’ stuff,” Spetter says. “A place where all your stuff resides when you come home so you know where it’s at.”

Jim Basnett, owner of highly rated Basnett Design Build Remodel of Littleton, Massachusetts, often recommends adding a mudroom to clients when planning a remodeling project.

“I suggest them more when there is an attached garage, and mostly from an indoor air quality perspective to separate the air from the garage and in the house,” Basnett says.

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