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As you look into expanding your home, you’ll probably want to focus on areas that add both appeal and practical benefits. Furthermore, if you haven’t remodeled your home before, you may want to start small before moving on to the rest of the home. This is why a lot of homeowners start out with additions like mudrooms before progressing to bigger additions like sunrooms, extra bedrooms, or patios.

A mudroom is a space in your home, often located near the entryway, where you can store your shoes, wet clothes on a stormy day, or anything that could track mud into the rest of the home. Hence the name! A mudroom obviously offers everyday advantages to homeowners, but surprisingly enough a lot of houses are not built with space and storage for a mudroom in mind. Adding a mudroom onto your home is not as simple as just creating an extra room and moving on. There are still basic elements that you should consider before beginning to build a mudroom.

1. Funding

Don’t assume that because a mudroom is a smaller addition that you can simply pay for all of it out of pocket. A mudroom is still a remodeling project, and will cost you. When planning a mudroom, consider not only the cost of labor but the materials that you will need to buy. Typically speaking, a mudroom that is around 50 square feet could cost around $8,000 to add to your home in total, though costs could lower or rise depending on the materials that you work with.

While this is overall affordable to many, you may still want to consider loans for home improvement projects to help you get started. There are low interest home improvement loans available, especially if you have decent credit, and this can give you something of a cushion and enable you to get the mudroom you really want. Keep in mind that a mudroom is an investment. While it will benefit you and your family now, it also adds value to your home in the long term.

2. Space

Again, mudrooms seem rather compact and therefore easy to add to the home. But if you want proper storage for a mudroom, you need to have sufficient space. As mentioned above, a lot of mudrooms are round 50 square feet in total, though some people prefer to have a bit more space in order to accommodate larger objects like strollers. A mudroom is meant to provide storage for your home, and you should consider what your family specifically needs when planning yours.

Although a mudroom in itself is an addition, you probably won’t be expanding the square footage of your home when creating this type of room. You may need to take some space out of a hallway or perhaps your home’s natural entryway in order to accommodate your mudroom.

3. Storage

Storage for a mudroom is the key component of the space. But it’s not enough to simply have a room; the room needs to be organized as well, and there are certain steps you can take to maximize the space that you do have.

Great options for a mudroom would include mudroom storage cabinets. These cabinets allow you to put away belongings properly, keeping the mudroom as clean as possible and enabling you to keep more belongings in the mudroom at once. Cabinets and shelvers are built into the wall, which allows you to still use floor space for further storage for a mudroom.

4. Building Materials

Building materials are incredibly important for a mudroom. The mudroom is always going to be exposed to dirt and water, among other things. Therefore, the materials you consider should be easy to clean and resistant to wear.

Carpeting isn’t a good idea for a mudroom, as it absorbs liquid and is easily stained. Think about wood, tile, and linoleum for a mudroom. These are long-lasting, especially cedar wood, which most contractors estimate lasts about 15 to 20 years when it comes in the form of deck boards.

A mudroom makes your home just a bit more convenient, and a lot easier to keep clean. It’s a great way of kicking off a renovation project, or simply a nice addition on its own.