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Mud Room Drop Zone Trends for Apex NC Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Nov 08, 2016 @ 05:11 AM

Homes with a Separate Mud Room and Drop Zone:

How many new homes include a separate mud room and drop zone storage? We've analyzed the new homes entered in the Parade, and here's what we found out about mudroom and storage trends in Apex NC New homes:



64% of Apex new homes included a mud room that's completely separate from the laundry room. 

Here's the full breakdown on mud rooms and drop zones:

1. Separate Mud Room Floor Plan - 64% of Parade of Homes Entries by Apex Home Builders

  • 9 of 14 or 64% of homes in Apex had a mud room separate from the laundry.
  • A mud room usually includes multiple types of storage, usually for shoes, keys, bags, backpacks, and anything else you want to "drop" when you enter your home.
  • Sometimes mud rooms can also include a sink for washing away dirt from kids and pets. You may even find a full size shower or dog shower in the mud room floor plan.

This Stanton Home has a separate mud room downstairs:  

Apex Home Trends | Mud Rooms and Drop Zones

This photo shows a laundry room / mud room combination with a standing shower: 

Apex Home Trends | Mud Rooms and Drop Zones

2. Drop Zone Storage - 71% of Parade of Homes Entries by Apex Home Builders

  • 10 of 14 or 71% of homes in Apex homes had some type of drop zone storage system.
  • A "drop zone" usually refers to built in storage cubbies, hooks, benches, and/or cabinets located in a room, hallway, or convenient space.  

This photo is and example of a drop zone storage center from a Stanton Home near Apex NC: 

Apex Home Trends | Mud Rooms and Drop Zones 

3. No Drop Zone - 29% of Parade of Homes Entries by Apex Home Builders

  • 4 of 14 or 29% of homes in Apex had no drop zone style storage center. 

 

What does this mean for homebuyers in Apex NC?

Parade of Homes entries generally represent what trends new home builders believe homebuyers are looking for today.  

Looking for floor plans with a mud room?  Check out floor plan samples, including top-requested one story, main floor master, and two story plans, here:

Apex Home Trends | Mud Rooms and Drop Zones

 

 


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This is representative only of the homes featured in the Parade of Homes, and not intended to be a general indicator of the Wake County new home market, though Parade of Homes can be representative of overall trends.  These statistics were derived by Penny Hull from public information about Parade of Homes entries, and are copyright Stanton Homes.  The statistics calculated above represent Parade of Homes entries in Wake County in Arcadia West, Colvin Park,Enclave at White Oak Creek, Hempstead at Beaver Creek, Madison at Evans Creek, Regency at White Oak Creek, Riley's Pond, Siena at Bella Casa, Stillwater, The Pines at Wake Crossing, The Townes at Bella Casa, Verona at Bella Casa new home communities.


 

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Best Designs for Mudrooms | Raleigh Custom Home Builder Tips

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Jan 13, 2016 @ 09:01 AM

Best Size for a Mudroom and Drop Zone:

If you're able to plan ahead, try to keep your mudroom at least 5 feet wide. This will allow space for a standard hallway (3 feet wide) and a spacious bench and/or row of cabinets or lockers (2 feet wide).  If a hallway is tight, however, a 4' width can work - plan for a 12" wide Drop Zone, with 12" depth base cubbies instead of a bench.  

While there is no "standard size" for a mudroom, you can still determine the room dimensions and features that work best for your family routines.

Here are some examples of Raleigh custom homes with a mudroom and drop zone storage:

Use the questions below to reveal your ideal mudroom design, including the best flooring, storage, layout, and location. 


Mudroom Design Questions

What should you include in your mudroom? Answer these questions to find out:

(And then click through our full ideabook of mudroom photos, here.)

1. Who is the mudroom for?

Is the mudroom for you, kids, pets, or guests?

If your next home will be built for retirement (or your kids are older and more independent), your mudroom can focus on ways to stay connected with a mail, key, and message center – complete with device recharging station. Here's a design to consider:

Best Designs for Mudrooms | Raleigh Custom Home Builder Tips

Black chalkboard paint turns this mudroom into a family message center.

On the other wall (see a photo here), a corner bench is great for removing shoes. The storage cubbies are perfect for daily use. The private door - with second staircase access - allows easier movement for older kids, relatives, and guests. Here is a view of this mudroom floor plan:

Best Designs for Mudrooms | Raleigh Custom Home Builder Tips

Compare this mudroom to another designed for young kids. What differences do you see?

This kids' mudroom includes more storage cubbies (low down where they can reach) and coat hooks that are a little lower (designed for jackets and school backpacks - to make morning routines easier!)

Best Designs for Mudrooms | Raleigh Custom Home Builder Tips

This third mudroom is designed for pets - with a dog shower and house.

Best Designs for Mudrooms | Raleigh Custom Home Builder Tips

Design Tip: No matter who will use the mudroom, the flooring should be durable and easy to maintain. Your mudroom will become the center of dirt, mud, water, paw prints, and finger prints, and other messes. Materials like tile or vinyl, rather than hardwood, tend to stand up to water exposure.

2. How often will you use the space?

Are you considering mudroom spaces for daily routines, weekly chores, or long-term storage?

One reason to include a mudroom is to create a space dedicated to all home entry and exit activities. You'll want to include some sort of bench or seat (with storage below). Typically, this also means locating the mudroom entrance near the garage, so the room can serve as a buffer space between the car and home.

A daily-use mudroom may or may not be located the same space as the laundry. (The mudroom pictured here is the closest entrance from the detached garage.)

Best Designs for Mudrooms | Raleigh Custom Home Builder Tips

In many two story house plans, the laundry room is placed upstairs near all bedrooms while the mudroom remains downstairs.

In one story or downstairs master house plans, the mudroom may or may not be connected to the laundry.

Best Designs for Mudrooms | Raleigh Custom Home Builder Tips

In this example, the mudroom serves as a central point between the garage, laundry room, walk in pantry, and kitchen. The mudroom - designed for daily use - will need to stay tidy given its constant visibility to you and your guests.

Best Designs for Mudrooms | Raleigh Custom Home Builder Tips 

Another reason to include a mudroom is for long-term storage space for things like coats, boots, umbrellas, and sports equipment. If you're leaning towards trying to organize oversized equipment, also consider adding a few feet of width or even a "workshop" area to the garage or unfinished walk-in attic space.

3. Do you need an dedicated mudroom?

Or will a hallway drop zone storage system meet your needs?

Remember that your mudroom should work for you. House plans often use drop zones and mudroom style storage systems as a way to take advantage of un- or under-used hallway space.

While you may need to keep the space more tidy in a hallway than in a room with a door that can hide the area, you won't "waste" any sq ft in your home.

Best Designs for Mudrooms | Raleigh Custom Home Builder Tips

In this example, the mudroom is actually a hallway leading from the garage to main living areas.

Best Designs for Mudrooms | Raleigh Custom Home Builder Tips

 



Best Mudroom Bench, Storage, and Dimension Designs:

 When looking for floor plans with a mudroom, keep in mind these three important questions:

1. Who is the mudroom for, yourself, kids, pets, or guests?

2. How often will you use the space - every day, weekly, or long-term?

3. Will a hallway, rather than dedicated room, do the trick?

 

 

 

What is most important to you, inside your Raleigh new home? Discuss, design, and decide what your next home should look like, with tens of thousands of floor plans to choose from. Contact Stanton Homes at 919-278-8070 or visit www.StantonHomes.com to learn more about building an NC custom home - with the help of an interior design expert throughout the selection process.


 

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Mud Room Designs for Custom Homes | How to Add a Mudroom

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Mar 12, 2012 @ 10:03 AM

Raleigh Floor Plans | How to Add a Mudroom

"Home Hub" Storage Room

Mud Room Designs for Custom Homes | How to Add a Mudroom

 

The Carwiles came to Stanton Homes with a traditional-style floor plan and a few questions. 

And with some modern thinking, we made savvy improvements on the livability of their floorplan.

 

With an entertaining style of casual elegance rather than formal, the Carwiles were willing to eliminate their formal dining area in order to put that space to better use.

The small laundry room behind the kitchen was moved into the dining room space. The laundry room space became an ample walk-in pantry with exterior window.

Mud Room Designs for Custom Homes | How to Add a Mudroom


The new laundry was customized to become more than just a mudroom - it was designed to be an entire "Home Hub" - a space for "life" to occur.

We started by wrapping the room with cabinets and built-in countertops. The tall cabinets were designed to house large cleaning tools and supplies. The upper cabinets were designed to house wrapping paper, light bulbs, pet supplies and a first aid kit. 

Mud Room Designs for Custom Homes | How to Add a Mudroom

A sink base cabinet with faucet and sprayer was added for cleaning out pet dishes, re-filling water dishes and pre-treating clothes with stains.  Areas below the countertops were left open for pet feeding dishes and large baskets for outside plastic toys and outdoor gear. 

Mud Room Designs for Custom Homes | How to Add a Mudroom

Above the sink, an open area was fitted with a rod for hanging hand-laundered garments and delicates. A security system panel and large bulletin board (for children's artwork) are conveniently located to the left as you enter the room.

Mud Room Designs for Custom Homes | How to Add a Mudroom

The countertop backsplash areas were fitted with extra outlets at desk height - perfect for phone and camera charging stations.

The Carwiles also plan to add adhesive-backed 12 x 12 cork tiles (coordinated to match the cork plank flooring) to the backsplash area for calendars and appointments.

This forward-thinking design of "green" cork flooring is loved for its exotic earthy looks, resilience (moisture friendly) and hypo-allergenic qualities. Cork is an ideal choice for a 21st century home hub.

The color scheme and casual style of the Carwile home hub will lend itself well to future needs. Yes, we thought of everything in this "life friendly" room - even finger painting can happen in this 100% washable, kid-friendly design.

Here’s how the team at Stanton Homes worked with the Carwiles to modify their floor pland it, together:

The Carwile - Modified Floor Plan

 

 

 


Mud Room Designs for Custom Homes | How to Add a Mudroom

Above is the modified Carwile floor plan, after custom modifications were made to meet the needs of the homeowner:


 - Formal Dining Room has been replaced with large "Home Hub" mudroom/laundry room combination

 - Laundry Room has been converted into extra large walk-in pantry

 

Mud Room Designs for Custom Homes | How to Add a Mudroom
Want to add a large mudroom to a floor plan you already love? Our design team will sit with you to sketch up ideas for your floor plan, together.

Design sessions and in-house design work come at no extra cost in your custom home package.

See your ideas come to life in the hands of our experts – designing real homes for real people - contact us to talk about your own special layout.


Want to see more custom modifications in The Carwile?

Click the image below to see how Stanton Homes can transform your master bathroom floor plan:


Mud Room Designs for Custom Homes | How to Add a Mudroom

 


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