The One Room Everyone Wants Now

One of the most requested rooms during remodels and new home builds is actually an old-fashioned one that used to come standard. Mudrooms are all the rage, according to Darren Dickerson, architect and owner of Coyote Design Architecture + Planning in Fircrest.

Dickerson was the architect for the South Sound’s 2018 Northwest Idea House which featured a mudroom and laundry room in one, just off the kitchen and next to the garage.

So what exactly is a mudroom? Many decades ago it was simply a room that had a separate entrance, where you kicked off your coat and boots and kept all the clutter (and mud) hidden from the rest of the house. The separate entrance kept people from tracking mud and dirt on their shoes throughout the house.

Today’s mudrooms are all that and more, multi-functional and a bit glamorous at times. In the 2018 Northwest Idea House in Lakewood, it too has a separate door painted in Tame Teal for a punch of fun. Inside there is a place for boots, coats, and bags to land in an organized fashion, and a bench to sit on and store things in.

In addition, there is a stacking washer and dryer, and a deep farm sink for cleaning off muddy things, like produce from the garden or those boots. There is a spacious counter for sorting and folding laundry and a place for ironing. The room is bright and inviting thanks to the windows that overlook the backyard, making chores a bit more inviting, while keeping the rest of the home tidy.

See the entire 2018 Northwest Idea House in the Nov./Dec. issue of South Sound and online.

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