The Glade a la Carte: Mud Room

I met with our architect who showed me two different sets of plans for the renovation to The Glade. I liked both of them.  The best part is I don’t have to choose one or the other, I can mix and match, one from column A two from column B, an a la carte menu.

Currently the first floor at The Glade looks like this.

Living room, dining room, kitchen, powder room on the first floor

The first plan is is a more compact version and the second plan, while not overwhelming in scale, is a bit larger.  The layouts, too, are slightly different.

Plan A – 1st Floor – Compact Version

The new entry is at the driveway side of the house and what is now the kitchen will become a side entrance, sort of a mud room, with storage.

Plan B – 1st Floor – The Generous Version

In today’s post we’re deciding on the mud room features (on the left- hand side of the drawings above). A doorway has been cut through to the powder room which currently can only be reached by going through the living room, up 2 steps and down 2 steps.  This feature is similar in both layouts. It was on the original wish list.

Steps to powder room.
Steps to powder room.

Plan A leaves the current window in place and cuts a new exterior door though the wall. This plan has a pantry on the right as you enter and a long wall of shelving.  All that storage would be fabulous. The entrance to the basement is closed and is accessed from the living room side.

Side Entrace “A” with a covered porch to driveway

Plan B cuts the new exterior doorway through the existing window. The pantry is located nearer the kitchen. Now the the powder room is closer to the door which makes accessing it a quicker process. (Are you with me here?) There is NO wall of shelving because the 3 foot access hallway needs to be maintained. (How else will we get the new refrigerator in?)  I see some opportunity for more storage on the right of the door where now just a bench is depicted.

Side entrance “B” also has a covered porch.

The basement is entered through the mudroom. That means when the furnace man comes to clean, or the plumber comes to fix the water line, or the electrician needs to get to the breaker panel, no one needs to walk through the house.  Big shoes caked with mud stay in the mud room.

I guess that tells you we’ve pretty much decided on Entry “B”. We must still decide how to access the pantry: 1.) door from the kitchen, 2.) door from the hallway, or 3.) 2 doors – from the hallway and from the kitchen.

There’s so much to consider.  I’m excited. I had a laundry list of requests for this area and every one of them has been addressed.

What are your must-haves at the kitchen door? Have you found something that we forgot?


Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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