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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Inspiration: Mud/Utility Room

Hubs and I have been talking about how we use our house lately.  We've both decided that whether we buy or build, we need a sizable Utility Room.  We actually use our garages for cars instead of storage, so that's the door we use the most.  We also acknowledge that we dump a lot of stuff on the first surface we see when coming in the door from the garage.  For me, it's my purse, drawings I might bring home from work, IPad, coat or sweater, empty Starbucks cups or water bottles, and food or drink the kids didn't finish on the way to school  Also TOYS, lots of toys.  For Hubs, it's a hat, coat, laptop, golf clubs, kids stuff and whatever else they brought home from school, and general crap out of his pockets.  There always seems to be a lot of that.

In the house we are renting, the door from the garage opens directly into the Kitchen.  The first surface encountered is the breakfast table which we cannot use because it is always full of crap that we dump on it.

For our next house, we need a place for all of this to happen and I think a combination Utility Room/Coat Closet/Possible Bathroom/Extra Cabinets/Pantry would do nicely.

I like this first one because it has a place to hang purses or coats, a desk, and a bathroom right off of it.
Traditional Laundry Room by Bethesda Kitchen & Bath Remodelers Case Design/Remodeling, Inc.

I like this second one because it makes me think that this room could be off the Master Walk-in Closet area.  That would be convenient for washing and putting away clothes.  I love this pocket door!
Traditional Laundry Room by Kirkland Interior Designers & Decorators Kristi Spouse Interiors

We could actually use it as an office as well!  Look at all these baskets to store STUFF.
Traditional Laundry Room by Birmingham Architects & Designers VanBrouck & Associates,

While I'm not crazy about the color, this little cabinet by the door would be really useful for the never-ending stuff that comes out of Hub's pockets.
Traditional Laundry Room by Newport Beach Home Builders Spinnaker Development

Here are few more that speak to me.  Most of them say "I'm too expensive for you" but looking is free - for now.