UTIL­ITY/LAUN­DRY/MUD­ROOM

Timber Home Living - - Special Design Section -

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There’s a lot of stuff to pack in here, and if you’re like most peo­ple, you don’t want to waste valu­able square footage (or money) on such a util­i­tar­ian space. The an­swer? Con­sol­i­da­tion. In­clude a closet for me­chan­i­cals, in­clud­ing the hot-wa­ter heater and elec­tri­cal box (be sure to check build­ing codes in your area), giv­ing you easy ac­cess and elim­i­nat­ing the need for a sep­a­rate util­ity room.

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On av­er­age, Amer­i­cans dry only about 60 per­cent of their clothes in the dryer, so plan plenty of space to al­low air-dry­ing in the laun­dry area,” says Salant. “A heated clothes-dry­ing cab­i­net will keep the area neat.”

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Like other rooms in your home, this space has to com­bine com­fort and func­tion — par­tic­u­larly if it’s used as a mud­room, where gar­den­ing duds or dirty shoes are re­moved and stored. “Along one wall, place a 4-to 6-foot bench to seat two peo­ple com­fort­ably,” Carr sug­gests. “And keep it neat by in­stalling pegs and a shelf above the seat for coats and hats and cubby holes be­low for boots.”

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Kyl­loe looks be­yond clothes to see how you can use this space more ef­fi­ciently. “Make the mud­room large enough to stash out­door equip­ment such as skis and snow­shoes, in ad­di­tion to hous­ing a washer and dryer. Avoid win­dows. They’ll take up wall space that could be bet­ter used for shelves and hooks.”

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If you’re look­ing for an area where you can give your bud­get a break, the mud­room may be one an­swer — par­tic­u­larly when it comes to your tim­ber pack­age, ac­cord­ing to Lip­pert. “By mak­ing this room a “stick­built” con­nec­tor be­tween the house and garage, you’ll save a lit­tle money in the process,” says Lip­pert.

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