The other life-bettering move was to install radiant heat under the tiled floor. Haynes says the heat not only feels good on the feet; it helps dry wet boots.
There is radiant heat under the terra-cotta tile floors, but the designer says it’s more for comfort than for drying. “The space is a bit chilly,” she says.
Right now, in the dead of winter, she puts out boot trays under the row of hooks. Old metal locker baskets in the cubbies are assigned to each family member.
This mudroom is for a family with two adults and three boys. The designer made the space accessible to the kids by making many of the baskets low and putting the hooks out in the open. “You have to give kids just one easy step, or things end up on the floor,” says Lindstrom, a mother of three.
Lindstrom, who worked with the builder on the project, says they made the simple room more interesting by installing molding around it to give it a wainscoted look. Tile is laid on the diagonal to make the room feel more expansive.
“It is pretty simple, but it gives us what we need,” Steenlage says. “We have a place to sit and remove our boots and take off our coats.”
The skis were picked up for $10 at a thrift store and, with the addition of hooks, became a place for coats and bags. The bench provides seating, and plastic tubs and a dresser act as storage.
The kid does have a point. Because the room is often the de facto entry, especially in the winter, it is a room guests see. But it needs to be functional as well as flattering in the household.