Welcome To Mud Season

Northern cities commonly claim that they only have two seasons: winter and construction. In New England, we commonly claim to have five seasons. In addition to the canonical four seasons, we have mud season. About this time of year, the snow melts but the frozen lower layers of soil means the water has nowhere to go. Trails and unpaved roads quickly become a sloppy mess. It’s these conditions that makes every homeowner wish they had a mudroom.

A small, yet attractive and functional mudroom. 

The idea of the mudroom, an informal entryway in which to remove footwear and dirty clothing, only emerged in the last 50 years and has only really taken off in the past 30 or so years. Some small mudrooms provide basic functionality without sacrificing style. This mudroom in an Asheville Timberpeg provides all the necessary features in a compact layout. The mudroom has seating to take off boots and a small closet, while the laundry is conveniently next door.

In this particular lakeside home, a combined laundry and mudroom is not only conveniently accessed from the garage entry, but also from the lake side so wet bodies can be dried and damp clothes and towels immediately thrown in the wash when returning from a day waterside! 

To save even more space, the laundry and mudroom can be combined into one room. Typically, this room will be just off the kitchen, which is a very convenient place for a laundry room. Being able to wash dirty outerwear or the kid’s athletic gear immediately upon returning home is also a great time saver.

A mudroom in a staircase “silo”

This barn home in Ohio has a slightly split mudroom area. The garage enters the house through the laundry room, and shoes are removed in this area. Just beyond, at the base of the stair “silo”, is a small sitting area and place to hang coats. While other small mudrooms can feel cramped, this design feels open yet separate from the main house.

A typical ski lodge mudroom 

Mudrooms are especially popular in ski homes, although it would seem that “snow room” would be a more appropriate term here since the room serves to keep wet equipment and clothes out of the living space. This mudroom in Ascutney is typical of the style. Large cubbies are provided for skis, helmets and gloves, with bench seating for gearing up and down.

An ornate ski lodge mudroom with adjoining bridge to the slopes. 

The Lincoln ski home has two mudrooms, with the one upstairs actually acting as the main ski mudroom. A bridge from this room connects directly to the slopes, so the upstairs location made more sense than a basement one. Again, built-in storage holds everyone’s gear, while the tile floor and wood paneled walls keeps the room clean and attractive.

Are you looking for a home with a mudroom for this and all the “five” seasons? Then please contact our designers, who will work with you to integrate a great mudroom into a lovely timber frame home.