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Mudrooms and Drop Zones New Home Trends | Triangle Parade of Homes 2016

Posted by Penn Hull on Tue, Oct 04, 2016 @ 12:10 PM

Triangle Parade of Homes Trends 2016:

How important are mud rooms to new home buyers?

The Chatham County Parade of Homes can be a great trend indicator of the demand for mud rooms and drop zone storage systems, which are often found in mud and laundry rooms. We've analyzed the 2016 Tour data, and here's what we found:

Mudrooms and Drop Zones | Triangle Parade of Homes 2016

What's Going on with New Homes in Chatham, North Carolina?  Locations of Drop Zones

Built in Drop Zones were one of the most popular new home features selected by home builders for entries available for viewing during the Triangle Parade of Homes in Chatham County.

Mudrooms and Drop Zones | Triangle Parade of Homes 2016

87% of Parade of Homes Entries in Chatham County included a Drop Zone

  • 87% or a whopping 26 of the 30 homes included a drop zone.
  • "Drop Zones", or an area with a bench, cubbies, coat hooks, or other built-in organization, have become a top-requested feature in new homes.
  • Coats, shoes, hats, backpacks, and more can easily be organized in a Drop Zone, reducing clutter in other areas of the home.

Locations of Drop Zones

Mudrooms and Drop Zones | Triangle Parade of Homes 2016

1. Hallway or Dedicated Mudroom - 73% of Parade of Homes Entries in Chatham County

  • 22 homes, or 73% of all homes on parade in Chatham, have a drop zone in a hallway or a dedicated mudroom, near the garage entrance.

2. Inside the Laundry - 13% of Parade of Homes Entries in Chatham County

  • 4 homes, or 13% of all homes on parade in Chatham, have a drop zone inside the Laundry Room

3. No Drop Zone - 13% of Parade of Homes Entries in Chatham County

  • 4 homes do not have a drop zone.
  • Older homebuyers, or those without school age children, are somewhat less likely to look to a drop zone as a highly desired feature.
  • A coat hook area can also serve some of the same purpose as a drop zone, without needing extra space. 

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What does this mean for homebuyers in Chatham County?

Parade of Homes entries generally represent what builders believe homebuyers are looking for today.  What types of built in storage are YOU looking for?

Check out hundreds of possibilities, including top-requested one story, main floor master, and two story plans, here:

Mudrooms and Drop Zones | Triangle Parade of Homes 2016


These custom homes are move-in ready, or nearly available, in Chatham County. Click the address for new home cost and more information:

Brookhaven Way – 3144 Sq Ft – First Floor Guest Suite – Move-in Ready Home 

129 Brookhaven Way – 3358 Sq Ft – First Floor Master – Under Construction Now

152 Brookhaven Way – 3474 Sq Ft – First Floor Master – Under Construction Now


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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 Chatham 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 Chatham County in the Briar Chapel, Chapel Ridge, Chapel Ridge Estates, Dunhill, Fieldston, The Hamptons, Harrison Pond, Henderson Place at Fearrington, Horizon, Legacy at Jordan Lake, Parks at Meadowview, Piazza at Stonewater, Vistas at Chapel Ridge, Westfall, Westfall Pines, Windfall, and Woods at Wilkerson Creek 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 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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7 Mudroom Drop Zone Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home Builder

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Dec 01, 2014 @ 10:12 AM

Mudroom Drop Zone Ideas

Raleigh Custom Homes

Get ideas from these seven mudroom drop zones, designed with different types of storage, uses, and configurations.

Mudroom Drop Zone Idea #1: Family Storage Center

This family drop zone comes with upper and lower cubbies, coat hooks (each with a letter inlay that spells "family"), and dual closets. 

One closet features shelving, designed for storing soaps, buckets, and small house cleaning items. The other closet features a full height design, crafted to fit tall items such as mops, brooms, and a vacuum.

Mudroom Drop Zone | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

Wainscoting adds formality to this traditional laundry room design, complete with a custom drop zone.


Mudroom Drop Zone Idea #2: Multi-Use Cubby System

An open archway leads from the breakfast room and kitchen to this tucked-in mudroom space.

While many mudrooms are built into the laundry room, this drop zone was integrated in a stand-alone storage space.

Mudroom Drop Zone | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

The upper cubbies are perfect for storing light-weight items you use less frequently. The lower cubbies double as a bench seat.

These cubbies are sized perfectly for adding colorful buckets or labeled baskets


Mudroom Drop Zone Idea #3: Hallway with two Drop Zones

A small nook, short hallway, or under-stairs wall can be the perfect place to add built-in storage units.

In this Raleigh custom home, dual drop zones offer double the built-in storage - with a unit on each wall of the hallway.

For a design like this, consider assigning each family member their own cubby column (you can even personalize each section with name labels).   

Mudroom Drop Zone | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

Talk to your builder about the flexibility of your floor plan layout, or ask Stanton Homes how to custom design a home packed with usable space and creative storage solutions. 

Mudroom Drop Zone Idea #4: Large storage design

This mudroom space - steps away from the laundry room - offers ample long-term storage space.

In this storage design, cubbies form a full rectangle, with center wainscoting design (the perfect place to add coat hooks).

Mudroom Drop Zone Idea #2: Full Wall of Storage

In this design, the tile laundry room acts as a transition area between the garage and mudroom storage area.


Mudroom Drop Zone Idea #5: Full Wall of Storage

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

The full wall of custom, elegant built in shelving offers open concept storage. 

A set of storage hooks are great for coats, purses, and even keys.  A sink cabinet is designed for easy clean-up, preventing dirt and grime from being tracked into the home.

Mudroom Drop Zone | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

Cabinets above the washer and dryer offer storage that's more hidden.   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.


Mudroom Drop Zone Idea #6: Locker Storage System

A locker style storage systems with cabinets, hooks, and bench add functionality to this mudroom. The green carpeting (great for hiding traffic patterns) is designed for indoor/outdoor use.

Tucked-in closet storage is perfect for tall items to be kept out of sight.

2013 new home design ideas | Mudrooms with drop zones

Mudroom Drop Zone Idea #7: Home Hub

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

The perimeter of the room is wrapped in cabinets and built-in countertops. Tall cabinets are designed to house large cleaning tools and supplies.

Mudroom Drop Zone | Raleigh Custom Home Builders


Floor plans with a mudroom are a popular request for Raleigh custom home buyers. From drop zones and locker systems to tile flooring, sinks, and folding counter tops, a mudroom offers all the storage and utility space you'll need.

What does your family need to get out of your mudroom?

Let us know what mudroom features you'll want most in your new home, and we'll show you more ways to design your floor plan.

More Mudroom, Laundry Room, and Home Storage Ideas:

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