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Top 5 mudroom designs

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, May 01, 2013 @ 14:05 PM

2016 new home design trends

Top 5 mudroom designs

Large laundry rooms and mudrooms are very popular in new home designs, especially as a transition area between the garage and home space.

Here are our top 5 most popular mudroom designs for 2016 new homes, with tips on how to maximize the utility of your square footage.

These mudrooms are designed with everything just the way you need it, from layout to storage centers and fixtures to flooring. What does your family need to get out of your mudroom? Let us know what you do in there and we'll show you more ways to work it out. 

2016 new home design #1: Mudroom with drop zone

2013 new home design ideas | Mudrooms with drop zones

Want to stay organized?

 

This mudroom, tucked between the garage and kitchen, has a place for everything, everywhere you turn:

 - Full wall of custom, elegant built in storage shelving,

 - Set of storage hooks (perfect for coats, purses, and even keys) backed by wooden beadboard,

 

2013 new home design ideas | Mudrooms with drop zones

 - Sink cabinet designed for easy clean-up, preventing dirt and grime from being tracked into the home, and

- Storage cabinets above the washer and dryer

 

 Low-maintenance custom tile flooring makes clean-up easy, too.  

See more photos of this home - a version of the Maple Lane - by clicking here

2016 new home design #2: Enlarged mudroom with storage

If your family includes children and pets, you'll appreciate this "home hub" design that melds space and storage in one convenient room.   

2013 new home design ideas | Mudrooms with drop zonesThe perimeter of the room is wrapped in cabinets and built-in countertops.

Tall cabinets are designed to house large cleaning tools and supplies.

A sink base cabinet with faucet and sprayer is added for filling pet dishes and pre-treating clothes.

Areas below the countertops are left open as a feeding space for pets.

Above the sink an open area is fitted with a rod for hanging hand-laundered delicate garments.
2013 new home design ideas | Mudrooms with drop zones
A large bulletin board is added to display children's artwork, calendars, soccer and dance schedules and appointments.

The countertop back splash areas is fitted with extra outlets at desk height - perfect for a phone and camera charging station.

Cork plank flooring is placed to create a
"green," 100% washable, kid-friendly design.

The remaining open areas are designed to house large baskets of outside plastic toys and seasonal gear such as scarves, mittens and hats.

See more photos of this home - a version of the Carwile - by clicking here

2016 new home design #3: Space-saving mudroom

2013 new home design ideas | Mudrooms with drop zones

 

A fully efficient design saves space, no matter what you pack into it.

This mudroom, pictured from a version of the Woodlake, maximizes storage capacities and space utilization.

Everything you need is in one place: 

 - Extra storage cabinets, above and below

 - Large sink with folding countertop

 

2013 new home design ideas | Mudrooms with drop zones

 - Hanging rods and upper shelving

 - Non-slip tile flooring

 

 This version of the Woodlake floor plan provides access between the kitchen and backyard, directly through the laundry room.   

 

 

2016 new home design #4: Mudroom with built-ins

2013 new home design ideas | Mudrooms with drop zones

 

 Mudrooms can merit their very own space.

In this home, a version of the Brogan, a first floor mudroom was added in addition to the second floor laundry room.


 

 

 2013 new home design trendsThe first floor mudroom design includes:

 - Tile flooring,

 - Closet storage/pantry overflow space3

 - Specialty storage

 

The second floor laundry room desisgn includes:

 - Hardwood flooring,

 -  Full wall of storage shelving,

 -  Sink, and

 - Hidden fold-out ironing board

2013 new home design ideas | Mudrooms with drop zones

 

 

2016 new home design #5: Mudroom with locker system

 

Additional most-requested design features include:

 

 - Locker style storage systems with cabinets, hooks, and bench

 - Indoor/outdoor carpeting (great for trapping dirt)

 - Tucked-in closet storage (perfect for tall items to be kept out of sight)

 

 

 

 Choosing to build your new home with exceptional NC custom home builders like Stanton Homes gives you the flexibility to add details that make your life easier. Find out more today – click here to get started.

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How big should my kitchen island be? | Kitchen Island Design Tips

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Apr 29, 2013 @ 12:04 PM

How big should the Island Be?

2016 Kitchen Island Designs

When thinking about the type of kitchen island you want to incorporate into your new home kitchen, here are top five questions to keep in mind:

1. How large is your kitchen?

2. What shape is your kitchen floor plan?

3. Do you want to incorporate seating?

4. Will you need a secondary / prep sink?

5. What functions are most important?

 

1. How large is your kitchen?

How big should my kitchen island be? | 2014 Kitchen Island Design Tips

 

In general, islands work best in larger kitchens and peninsulas work better in smaller kitchens.

Kitchen design tip: you want enough space to navigate around the island - maximizing the functionality of the extra counter top and cabinet space it provides.

 

 

 

2. What shape is your kitchen floor plan?

How big should my kitchen island be? | 2014 Kitchen Island Design Tips

 

 Long, thin kitchens work best with a thin rectangular island.

  Wider or more square kitchens work best with a wide rectangular or angled island.

 The shape of your kitchen will help determine the size and shape of your island.

 

 

3. Do you want to incorporate seating?

How big should my kitchen island be? | 2014 Kitchen Island Design Tips

 

Most islands can be expanded to incorporate bar-height OR counter-height seating, as long as the kitchen floor plan is large enough.

In this example photo, the island was angled towards the great room, slightly off-set from the kitchen.

The counter height seating creates a smooth, clean look that matches the contemporary lines of this home.

Click here to see photos of a home with two kitchen islands - one designed for table-height seating.

4. Will you need a secondary / prep sink?

How big should my kitchen island be? | 2014 Kitchen Island Design Tips

 

 Prep sinks are gaining popularity in 2014 new home kitchens.

 When thinking about your island size, keep in mind where the prep sink will go.

 Dual sinks are generally placed on opposite ends of the kitchen - maximizing utility and efficiency.

 

 

 

5. What functions are most important?

How big should my kitchen island be? | 2014 Kitchen Island Design TipsWhen thinking about your ideal island design, will it include tons of storage? More counter space? A place to add a wine refrigerator?

Many island have two-sided cabinets (such as examples 1 & 4 in this article) for easy-access storage.

If you want counter space, re-think adding a prep sink.

An island may be the ideal place to add a drink fridge.

 

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