During the design phase of this homeowner’s kitchen remodel, a mudroom redesign had been discussed and floor plans proposed but were not taken seriously until the kitchen remodel started. Seeing the difference a new door placement had on the space, the client decided she wanted her mudroom to have continuity with the kitchen and opted to remodel it as well. The homeowner could have opted for a door but liked the open feeling. A combination of open hooks and a built in armoire was proposed so that the typical messiness of a mudroom wouldn’t be visible from the kitchen. Inside the large doors of the armoire there is a space for clean boots and 4 large coat hooks big enough to hold several coats. The door on the right was designed with shelving to organize gloves, hats and small items. The drawers are for casual shoes, flip-flops and miscellaneous items. The shiplap walls create a cohesive look with the window, armoire and bench, making the room feel larger. Shiplap also gives the walls more durability, guarding against the inevitable scuffing of hanging coats, purses and bags. Special Features Upper cabinet painted in Benjamin Moore Yarmouth Blue repeats as an accent color in the kitchen in the interior of the hutch and the large hanging lantern. Ashley Norton dark bronze hooks and Hex pulls are the same as the kitchen hardware but in a darker finish. The color of the bench matches the kitchen island paint. The height of the bench was designed for an upholstered cushion but works with or without it. The coat hooks are strategically placed out of view from the kitchen.
• 2016 MN NKBA Awards: 2nd Place Other RoomsPhotography by Andrea Rugg