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jmdrouin

We had 1, 2, 5 and 6 in one area when we first walked into the mudroom with a coat rack, a rug for us to take off outdoor shoes, a narrow storage cabinet, a pole to hang clothing that needed to air dryer a washer and dryer as well as a cast iron double drainboard sink with a mirror above it. It was the perfect place to wash your hands after entering the house, blow drying your hair and brushing your teeth before you left the house, freeing up the bathroom for others. Later on we converted a pantry that backed up to it into a full bathroom. The mudroom led into the kitchen. We had a closed house plan so we just closed the door if we wanted to keep a child in the same room with us so no need for gates for any entryways. I recommend this combination for anyone who is looking for a home with having kids in mind. Also make sure the entryway, laundry room, bathroom and kitchen are large and handicapped accessible. Anyone can become disabled at any time. These are working rooms and they work hard. An extra double drainboard sink in the mudroom outside the bathroom is priceless as is having a triple sink double drainboard version in the laundry room.

Letting the light and outdoors in is great but do it with windows not doors. Multiple doors that do not open to the mudroom will have dirt and mud entering your house from all these multiple doors.

Be careful about creating a teenage hangout spaces such as a playhouse, attic or basement with a closed door. You could inadvertently create a space where your teenagers could have sex, do drugs or worse. A closed floor plan with glass doors such as french doors so you can see into the dining room, kitchen or living room but keep the noise pollution out.

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mandio23

Great article and list! I've made note of all of the above items as my husband and I look for our new place with our newest addition. Thanks!!

   
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Cedric Lajoie

Thank you now I am more prepared and informed as to taking care of my family!

   

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