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LEARNING CORNER "Mudrooms are one of the most high-traffic areas in modern-day homes," said Meredith Mahoney, founder and design director of Bostonbased Birch Lane."Because they're often the first room families enter when returning home after a long day, they need to be extremely organized to prevent mounds of jackets, shoes and homework, etc., from piling up." Contemporary solutions like benches, storage ottomans, hooks, cubbies and chic baskets are inspiring families to refresh the mudroom. Products that can keep clothing and supplies out of sight but nearby for easy access are essential for this space. "Families we work with are finding that organization is key when going about their daily lives," said Molly Kann-Carey, lead designer at Rockford, Ill.-based KannCept Design. "Rarely do we see homes, new or old, with space to accommodate backpacks, shoes, sports equipment or coats." Function and Family A designer can get creative with the mudroom, integrating products and materials based on what homeowners need on a daily basis. "This room can be anything you want it to be," said Kann-Carey. "Its purpose is far beyond 'catching mud.'" Similar to laundry rooms, mudrooms are turning multi-purposeful. Depending on the space available, the mudroom can also serve as an office, craft space, pet area, laundry room or wrapping center, in addition to providing usual daily storage. It all hinges on the space available and the family. The Blackwell Storage Bench from Birch Lane features solid pine timbers with knots, seasoned nicks and hand finishing, along with four jute weave baskets for accessory storage. "Do you have three kids who are all involved in multiple sports teams? They'll need much more storage solutions for their gear," explained Mahoney. "Have younger children who will need to grab their items in a hurry? Open cubbies are much more realistic than closed cabinets to keep everything visible and within reach. Own two dogs? They need a place to be fed and hooks for their leashes." Every family is different. The storage should align with daily needs but does not need to store every shoe or jacket in the household. An individual area for each member helps keep organization and can be further customized with touches like artwork or chalkboard paint. "Mudrooms, in particular, have been a big emphasis of families trying to reduce clutter while at the same time creating one-of-a-kind, personalized spaces," said Logan Wilcox, vice president of Denver-based Parkwood Homes. A slip-resistant floor material, such as porcelain tiles or natural stone, is essential no matter the size of family in the home. "And then there's the space of each mudroom - some mudrooms are transformed hallways, and thus are better suited for hooks than bench storage, while some spaces work better with ottomans and cubbies, as they're more rectangular," added Mahoney. Even More Function Featuring two double coat hooks and one large upper shelf, the SpaceSaving Entryway Organizer with Shoe Storage from Prepac is suitable for a narrow hallway or can combine with multiple pieces for a custom look. The unit also includes nine lower shoe cubbies. 72 K+BB "I am hoping that more builders and developers will make this space an integral part of their new builds," said Kann-Carey, adding that mudrooms will bring value to new construction. "The standard coat closet or walk-through laundry spot off the garage is a waste of space." The ideal mudroom would have built-in storage options, like a bench, closets and cubbies, and it would be easy to clean when snow, mud and rainwater are tracked through. A window would also help warm the space up and deter clutter from piling up in the dark. "In the remodeling world, we are excited to rework floor plans to accommodate every family's needs," added Kann-Carey. "It can be as simple as converting a 6-ft. coat closet from a reach-in with bi-fold doors to an open concept with lockers." Firms have seen more requests for different landing areas, including mail and charging stations and a message board with calendars and notes. Displays of children's artwork and even television, crafting, laundry or homework areas are also options. "I've started using my own mudroom space to store outdoor entertaining supplies like dishes, barware, an extra fridge for drinks and a storage spot for lawn games," said Mahoney. "I'm lucky enough to have a mudroom that's big enough for all my family's needs." n - By Erinn Waldo October 2015 / www.kbbonline.com / The Official Sponsor of KBIS www.kbis.com http://www.kbbonline.com http://www.kbis.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of KBB - October 2015

KBB - October 2015
Contents
Online Contents
Editor’s Note
Show Director’s Note
People & Places
Better Business
Solutions
All Abroad
Cover Story
Great Gatsby Baths
Design Features
Making an Entrance
Readers’ Choice Award Winners
KBIS Countdown to Design & Construction Week®
Trends
Products
Learning Corner
KBB - October 2015 - Intro
KBB - October 2015 - KBB - October 2015
KBB - October 2015 - Cover2
KBB - October 2015 - 1
KBB - October 2015 - Contents
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KBB - October 2015 - Online Contents
KBB - October 2015 - 5
KBB - October 2015 - Editor’s Note
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KBB - October 2015 - Show Director’s Note
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KBB - October 2015 - People & Places
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KBB - October 2015 - Better Business
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KBB - October 2015 - Solutions
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KBB - October 2015 - All Abroad
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KBB - October 2015 - Readers’ Choice Award Winners
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