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What's the Ideal Size for a Mudroom? | Builder Brothers

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Apr 14, 2016 @ 10:04 AM

Written by Phil Travars | Builder Brothers

Best Mudroom Designs:

Phil.jpgEasily accessible storage can be a valuable feature in your custom home - and you can really get creative with it, as we plan your most important areas together. 

Mudrooms are one of my favorite places to build-in storage areas. It's usually one of the best spots in the home to consider a Drop Zone, where kids can quickly tuck in all their stuff, keeping it out of the way and easy to retrieve. Depending on your floor plan, it may even be something that can be added when your home is underway - we can talk about it when we do your interior trim walkthrough together. 

Here are some of my perspectives on mudroom ideas for Raleigh new homes.

What is the ideal size for a mudroom, with built in storage?

A typical mudroom with storage can be in 5'x5' to 5'x7' range, or 25 to 35 sq ft. These dimensions leave space for a built in bench with hooks, cubbies, and storage so that everyone has a designated place to put belongings they want to find fast when they head outside. Whether you want cubbies underneath, like in the picture below, or you'd rather have a bench with hinges so you can open it up and tuck things inside, we work with your ideas. 

What's the Ideal Size for a Mudroom? | Raleigh Custom Homes

Mudrooms that double as laundry rooms are often a bit bigger - about 7'x10' or 70 sq ft. Separate mudroom and laundry rooms are more common in homes when all the bedrooms are located on the second floor. 

What is a Mudroom used for?

Mudrooms are designed as the passageway between the garage and living space, to absorb the "mud" and contain articles that might track in unwanted dust or other outside elements. 

We have even designed and built mudrooms for dogs - so your furry best friend can take a shower before romping around inside.

What's the Ideal Size for a Mudroom? | Raleigh Custom Homes

Having a washing machine nearby is also a popular option, to further contain the aftermath of North Carolina dirt, clay, rain or snow. Some folks even ask for two laundry rooms - one upstairs and one down - to help keep everything neat and clean. 


How to Build a Mudroom Into Your House Plan

Even if your floor plan doesn't start with a mudroom, we can often add it. In this Raleigh new home, a version of the Saddleridge B, we made room in the floor plan for a mudroom with a drop zone. You can see other changes we made, as well, to further accommodate lifestyle.


What's the Ideal Size for a Mudroom? | Raleigh Custom Homes


Shifting the original location of the powder room enabled us to take advantage of the storage nook in the garage, which was used more effectively inside. Instead of "wasted" hallway space, we were able to provide a separate mudroom with drop zone (bench, cubbies, hooks).


What's the Ideal Size for a Mudroom? | Raleigh Custom Homes


Here are more examples of mudroom storage layouts you're sure to like: Ideabook of Mudrooms with a Drop Zone. Find your favorite layouts, and contact Stanton Homes to get all the details on what it takes to build an ideal mudroom for your family.


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About Phil: 

Phil builds uniquely crafted custom homes in the Research Triangle region of North Carolina. He builds relationships with clients the same way he builds their homes - with dedicated attention to detail. Phil has been a trailblazer with Stanton Homes since 2006. In his free time, Phil enjoys running, kayaking, and anything outdoors.



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Builder Brothers Phil and Andrew are just one part of the team at Stanton Homes, which surrounds you with expertise while building stunning custom homes. A little friendly competition is reflected in the details of the extraordinary homes they create. They're all-around nice guys with a lot of smarts, really great ideas, and rare integrity. You'll learn a lot about how to build beautiful homes from the Builder Brothers. 




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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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