From Messy Entry to Organized Mudroom

Image from Kachi on Pixabay

Let’s face it; sometimes living in Minnesota is like living on another, less hospitable planet. In January, we seem to have been whisked too far from the sun.  Six months later, it’s almost like we are living ON the sun. And yet a characteristic that connects all of us here is that we love to be outdoors, wet or dry, cold or hot.

The Minnesota Airlock

Because we also like the organization and comfort of our homes, having a designated area to gear up and gear down is a necessity. Localizing this important functionality in a mudroom or entryway makes the most sense.

Before Image After Image

This entry was typical of many homes… basically just a big pile.  The new design includes individual cubbies for backpacks, shoes, boots, and coats.  Durable, easy-to-clean flooring, tough enough to stand up to the winter grit and salt.  Shelves and baskets to store hats and gloves. A workstation to collect and process mail. And a new powder room, conveniently located near the back door.

An effective “airlock” of this sort allows us to prepare to enjoy the elements of the outdoors and to then return to a controlled interior environment in an orderly way.  

Forethought Not Afterthought

Yet many of us make do with an unplanned, de facto area near the door where stuff just starts to pile up.  A mudroom, or choreographed entryway, can be so much more than just a place to chuck and grab stuff on your way into and out of the house.

Entryway (Southwest Minneapolis 55410)

Do you live in an older home where the space to add a completely separate mudroom is simply not there? By adding storage, seating, and durable flooring to an entryway, you can make the already existing entry space more functional for the same purposes.

As the pictures show, adding a well-designed, well-constructed mudroom or creating a more functional entryway, in addition to promoting a livelier connection with the outside world, can be a beautiful extension of the home. Here are some entryway design tips that will add functionality and clear clutter from your entryway.

A place to sit created under entry windows

Durable Design from a Durable Company

At Sylvestre Remodeling & Design we’ve been helping clients find just the right balance between inside and outside for over 40 years. Please give us a call at 612-861-0188 or fill out the Getting Started Form and let us build the perfect Minnesota airlock for you!


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