Building a Beautiful Mudroom to Hide the Hideous Garage

In this episode, we’re upgrading a family’s most used entryway — also called a mudroom — so their guests don’t have to pass through their garage when visiting.

Robert and Kristi Hunter share a home with their son, Brandon, their daughter, Amanda, and their dog, Max.

When they first moved here, they knew they’d have to deal with some unusual building choices. For instance, there wasn’t a sidewalk to get around to the front of the house, so they added one, hoping it would point people to their preferred entry.

But it never worked. Guests started to park their cars at the side of the Hunters’ home, so that door became the natural entryway.

When guests enter through the side of the house, they see a lot of garage stuff that’s not welcoming, and isn’t even functional, like an unnecessary utility sink and a central vacuum that hasn’t been used in 12 years.

The Hunters need a space that’s inviting for visitors walking through, but also practical for everyday life.

So, we’re removing the vacuum, utility sink and cabinets before we build a beautiful mudroom separate to hide the garage.

Then we’ll update the lighting, flooring and add a drop zone to change the room into a real entryway.

This Episode’s Projects:

  • Remove central vacuum, utility sink and cabinets
  • Frame new wall and install drywall
  • Build a drop zone
  • Install an exterior door

Read the episode article for more information on this project. 

More Inspiration: Mudroom Decor


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