Hello there, me again! It's been a while. I did not fall into a vat of wine.
I've received emails from some very nice readers who are contemplating adding on a mudroom & wondered how it's working out for us. It's been about a year since the walls went up in this space & a few months since its reveal. Verdict? Love it. We don't know how we ever lived without it (neither of us grew up with a mudroom). While the new addition wasn't exactly cheap, it didn't break the bank either. As a reminder, our former stoop was essentially enclosed to create the mudroom. Our home is on the smaller side at 1,680 sq ft; the mudroom addition has brought it to 1730 sq ft.....not much by way of size but SO much by way of quality of life. Is that too dramatic for me to say? #firstworldproblems
Clutter makes me queasy, but clutter is bound to happen. Our mudroom is part dumping ground/part seasonal control center. I realize a fairly empty, clean mudroom defeats the whole purpose of uh, it, but the no-coats season we're in is pretty sweet. I recently gave the whole room a scrub-down....before the muddy season descends upon us....I don't know why, it just made sense in my head....if we had a cleaning lady, I'd probably clean the house before she came over to clean it because it's who I am.....and I don't know, stop asking me questions ok?! ;-)
I hid some things in the cabinets for these photos because I'm a dreamer & I like to pretend it's always this clean. This is how it looked in its 'summer coat'. I won't show you its winter coat because it will look like the walls/floor disappeared under all of our Colorado winter crap. But for a few minutes, it looked like this & it was nice.
I also bought myself flowers. I yell at the Mr. for wasting money on flowers for me but then when he doesn't, I get moody & well......those flowers aren't going to buy themselves so I bought some.
How come my chalkboard never looks like the ones on Pinterest?
What do they have against feminine hygiene products?
We're very happy with the finished room. There are a just few things we'd do differently:
* Radiant floor heating would be nice, especially on those cold winter days. We skipped HVAC work in this space & though the ceiling/walls are insulated, the tiled floor does get chilly. Oh well. Any excuse to wear thick, cushy socks/slippers, I guess?
* Built-in shoe cubbies under the bench is something that we might tackle down the road. Right now, shoes get kicked off & left haphazardly all over the mudroom. Which I suppose is the whole point of a mudroom, but you know me. Clutter. Lack of order. Queasy.
* We should've ripped out the metal threshold (formerly the front door) leading into the house & replaced it with something more conducive to an interior doorway. Quinn also likes to perch there so a smoother surface for the bum (& toes) would be nice. I've probably stubbed my toes on it too many times.
Just little cosmetic things. Overall, I think we did well in the planning stages to ensure that this room fit the way we live our lives. *golf clap*
Thanks for stopping by! Hope your Labor Day weekend was a nice one!