This week, 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 their home with their son, Brandon, their daughter, Amanda, and their dog, Max. When they first moved here, 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 park their cars at the side of the Hunters’ home, so that door became the natural entryway. When guests enter through the side, 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.