There is virtually no limit to the things you can do with your home. It can be formed and remodeled to fit nearly any purpose that pops into your mind. That’s one of the beauties of homeownership. But when you choose a remodeling project that not only makes your home more useful but also adds concrete value, you’ve hit a special sweet spot. Adding a mudroom is one such addition. The process doesn’t have to be in-depth or require too much money, and the rewards are multifaceted. Mudrooms have been popular around the world, particularly in areas with variable seasons, for hundreds of years. They provide a space that is both versatile and useful. Here are some of the top reasons why mudrooms add real value to your home.
A Barrier Between Outside and Indoors
The mudroom is like an elaborate welcome mat for your home. Not only does a welcome mat typically come with a friendly greeting, but it provides a surface for visitors and residents to clean off the remnants of the outdoors before entering the clean inside of the home. A mudroom serves this same dual purpose. In reality, no one wants their dirt to ruin the appeal of the home. However, if you only have a small mat in front of the main entrance, it can be difficult to try to get everything off before tromping inside. A mudroom gives visitors the chance to eschew the goo and discard the dirt—all before stepping foot inside.
While mudrooms traditionally serve a purpose that conforms more to function than form, they can also add a welcoming appeal to your home. The room can be decorated to help usher visitors in with a sense of style. You can choose to have the décor complement the interior. It can even be the launching point for interior design motifs you employ more fully inside the rest of the home. On the other hand, you can also give the mudroom its own unique style.
Because it is the closest thing to the great outdoors, many families choose to incorporate natural elements in the decoration of the mudroom. Whether you choose to have the mudroom echo your design decisions inside or have its own sense of panache, this opportunity to add style to your home should be capitalized on. Also, a design build company can provide a wealth of ideas for the use of a new mudroom.
Protect the Interior of the Home
One of the most insipid enemies of your flooring is dirt. It gets trapped beneath shoes and then ground into the fibers and contours of the flooring. Some home remodeling projects are forced to include replacing the floors as a result. But if your home renovation includes a mudroom, you can help shield your home from the negative effects of dirt and those tiny, but determined stones. When little rocks make contact with flooring, whether it’s wood, tile or carpeting, it’s the floor that loses. Folks with outdoor kitchens can attest to how easy it is to accidentally bring in these little bombs that love to leave pockmarks in flooring or gradually wear it down. When all of this is scraped off in the mudroom and the footwear is discarded, the floors can avoid being victimized by the “floors” of nature.
Save on Heating Expenses
In addition to providing a place to shed the residue of the outdoors, a design build company can help you use a mudroom to save on the cost of heating. Some design build firms are able to take an existing space and add a mudroom to it. The entrance can be modified, either by adding partitions inside or just outside of the entrance. Your local design build company can help you determine what’s best for your needs. The room can be insulated in order to seal out the cold. In addition, because an extra amount of air space is placed between the inside of your home and the cold outside, the inside is effectively decoupled from outdoors. This significantly slows down the transfer of heat from one area to the other.
Contact your local design build company for more advice as to how to make best use of a mudroom.