Building a Beautiful Mudroom to Hide the Hideous Garage

Chelsea Lipford Wolf cuts wood for drop zone

Build a drop zone

One-third of the mudroom’s built-in drop zone will be vertical storage for baskets and mail, and the other two-thirds can be where we put the bench and some hooks for hanging hats. In addition, we’re taking advantage of an electrical outlet on the left side and we’re building a shelf that will serve as a charging station for mobile devices. Perpendicular to that drop zone, on the wall just opposite of the guests’ entry, is a new built-in coat rack. Mudroom, after renovation with new exterior door leading to the garage

Install a new exterior door

Next, we need to keep the hot (or cold) air out of the home with a new exterior door that will separate the garage area from the mudroom we’ve created. Pre-hung doors are easy to install; we just have to make sure the frame is plumb, and then nail this one in place.

We also:

  • Removed the central vacuum, utility sink and cabinets
  • Installed an HVAC vent in the new space
  • Stained the floor

Chelsea Lipford Wolf and Danny Lipford, with homeowners Robert and Kristi Hunter

Post-Production Thoughts

The front entry to Robert and Kristi’s house is ignored by everyone because it’s so far from the driveway, but the side door led through the garage, and that simply didn’t offer the kind of welcome the couple wanted for their guests. Now, that entryway has a completely different look and feel, thanks to the wall that separates it from the garage. The new living space has a purpose: to welcome you into the house and make you feel comfortable. You could call it a “mudroom,” but it seems too nice for that. The light fixture and colors that Kristi chose make the space bright and cheery, while the drop zone that she and Chelsea put together welcomes you with a convenient place to drop off your stuff. And once you do, the kitchen is just a few steps away since the old back door has been relocated. And even with all of these additions, there’s still room in the garage for Kristi to park her car. Plus, we did all of this for just about $1,200 in materials!

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