Mud RoomFarmhouse Entry, New York
Custom designed "cubbies" insure that the Mud Room stays neat & tidy.
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25. Farmhouse entryways. Stripping away the need for fancy flourishes or decor for decor’s sake, farmhouse style gets at the root of function. That’s why the style makes sense for mudrooms, where simplicity in storage and durability in materials are paramount. See more farmhouse-style entryways
A place for everything. The first step in the design process here was taking inventory of all the sweatshirts, shoes, bags, outerwear and devices in need of charging stations that were bursting the seams of the existing mudroom shared by a family of six. Then the cubbies required to hold all of that were planned out. Notice the details befitting the 18th-century farmhouse, such as the antique lanterns and bench and the ceiling beams. Paint: Brandon Beige, Benjamin Moore; ceiling: unpainted plaster, Imperial; floor: wide-board common-grade oak; rug: Dash & Albert; antique lanterns, bench, coffee bin: Charles Haver Antiques
1. Storage for 6Designers: Charles Haver and Stewart Skolnick of Haver & Skolnick ArchitectsLocation: Litchfield County, Connecticut Size: 225 square feet (20.9 square meters)Year built: 2009Homeowners’ request: “An informal country mudroom that would neatly accommodate the many boots, coats and hats of a very large and active family of six,” architect Charles Haver says.Plan of attack: “Providing enough storage was key. We first inventoried the many shoes, sweatshirts etc. that were overflowing from their old mudroom.”Why the design works: “We designed the custom cubbies to neatly organize the shoes and sweatshirts. Drawers were also provided for gloves and keys. Outlets were provided for phone recharging. Rows of Shaker pegs were added for coats and hats. After move-in, the homeowners requested additional storage for tennis racquets, baseball bats, balls and mitts. We found antique coffee bins to hold these items, and [they] provided a contrast to the built-ins.”What goes on here: “The space serves as the main family entrance for the house and storage for all their outerwear.”Who uses it: “The home is a country weekend retreat for a family of six.”Designer secret: “The space is in an addition to an 18th-century farmhouse, so we wanted it to have an antique character. We introduced antique ceiling beams, lanterns, and used rough plaster for the ceiling.”“Uh-oh” moment: “The budget would not allow for the stone floor which was originally planned. Instead, we introduced wide-board oak floors that have an antique character.”Splurges and savings: “We offset the cost of the built-in cubbies by using an antique bench rather than a more expensive custom built-in.”Take-away: “You can never have too much storage.”The nitty-gritty: Paint: Brandon Beige 977, Benjamin Moore; ceiling: unpainted plaster, Imperial; floor: wide-board common-grade oak; rug: Dash & Albert; antique lanterns, bench, coffee bin: Charles Haver AntiquesTeam involved: Churchill Builders (general contractor); DeStefano & Chamberlain (structural engineer)See the rest of this house