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Family Friendly Remodeling Projects

Durability, functionality and safety are important considerations of a remodeling plan especially when your household includes children. Knowing that your flooring can handle the daily activities without scratching or that you actually have a place for all the kids to store their book bags and sports equipment can really provide some peace of mind. If your home could use some improvements to better suit your family’s lifestyle, here are several suggestions on projects you might want to consider. Read more

Project Spotlight: A Mudroom Remodel with Mucho Storage & Style

Here’s a remodeling story that’s close to my heart.  In fact, it’s actually about my own home! Have you noticed how popular mudrooms remodels have become over the past several years? Well, when you have a family of five, including three youngsters and a dog, it really becomes a necessity. Unfortunately, our home didn’t have one and we were in desperate need to create a space to manage our comings and goings that would connect to the rest of our home. Kristin came up with a fantastic design that not only allowed us to do just that, but it also included space for our guests and a family command center. Read more

The Essential Mudroom – Maximized Storage & Style

I can remember when a mudroom was just a simple room off of the garage with a few shelves and maybe a sink. Thankfully, designers and remodelers have realized that the mudroom can be so much more! Even tight spaces can be maximized to provide the much-needed functional storage space every family needs to keep a variety of “stuff” organized.   Depending on your lifestyle, that “stuff” can include the obvious coats, scarves, gloves and shoes, but can also extend to sporting equipment, pet necessities, school books, computer bags, and cleaning supplies. Read more

Project Spotlight: Buy A New Home or Remodel?

We often think about our dream house and what it might look like. Is it a brand new home, an old home with character, or perhaps your existing home with some major remodeling? Do I buy a new home or remodel? That’s exactly the question our clients were considering when they returned back home from living overseas. They initially thought a custom home might be the way to go, but the idea of waiting through all the planning and construction seemed like a waste of valuable time they could be spending together as a family. So instead, the family decided to buy an existing home and remodel it to perfectly suit their own needs. Read more

Thompson Remodeling Mudroom

Mudrooms that tame the mess.

Thompson Remodeling Mudroom Keep your comings and goings more organized with a mudroom.

Every home can use a mudroom – a place to drop your bags, coats, umbrella, book bags, leashes, golf bags, or baseball mitt. Households of all types and sizes can use this room as a staging area to help manage clutter and keep mud and dirt out of the rest of the home.

The key to creating a mudroom that works for your family is to consider the needs of each individual in the family, including the pets. Our guide to creating a mudroom that tames the mess will help get you started.

Location

Your mudroom should be where your family enters and exits the house.  If you can’t accommodate it there, consider using an alternate spot that can serve both purposes.  The most common areas to incorporate or remodel a mudroom include the garage, kitchen, utility, or laundry room.  When space is at a minimum, an alcove or niche can be created by the front door.

Flooring

Since the mudroom is a catch-all space where muddy and wet feet are commonplace, study flooring is a must.  Your best options include nonslip tile, vinyl, laminate flooring, or even concrete.  Choose colors and patterns that hide dirt.   If you are remodeling, consider installing a drain in the room for easy water drainage and clean up.

Storage

Consider all the types of items that will need to be stored. Think about what will be dropped off and picked up on the way out.  That could include: coats, scarfs, hats, gloves, sporting equipment, backpacks, briefcases, umbrellas, leashes, strollers, car seats, etc. Once you know what you need to store you can design a space with a variety of storage spaces to keep things organized including  cabinets, lockers, cubbies, closets, and benches.

Decor

Just because this is a mudroom doesn’t mean it can’t be inviting.  Consider using bright colors or extending the look and feel of adjacent rooms.  Incorporate artwork and pendant or recessed lighting.