How can you minimize the amount of stairs coming into your house from the garage, while simultaneously keeping dirt contained?
A sunken mudroom!
Having a lower floor level in your mudroom allows you to completely load up your arms with grocery bags without having to ping pong your way up the stairs to get into your home. Once inside, keep the dirt on it’s own level. You won’t be accidentally kicking dirt into the main level of your house since dirt can’t defy gravity or jump.
Any of my past clients who have requested a balcony off of their bedroom knows: I’m going to push back on it.
Everyone who dreams of a balcony always paints the picture that they will get their morning coffee and go enjoy it on the balcony.
Now let’s look at the reality of that:
You get up.
You shower, get dressed.
You go downstairs.
You get your coffee.
Are you really going to all the way back upstairs just so you can drink your coffee on your balcony? Would you not just go out to your patio on the main level to do that? Or sit on your comfy couch instead?
I joke that unless there is a coffee machine right in your room on a timer, it’s just not going to work the way you think it will.
Well, today someone took my joke to heart.
With a coffee machine on a timer, the freshly brewed cup can wake you up instead of that annoying alarm. Then sip it as you go through the morning motions of getting ready for the day. This was the one time I said ‘okay, a balcony makes sense’.
If you’re looking for a place where guests can go to the powder room, but don’t want them to see the shampoo bottles or haphazard towels that your 13-year-old leaves strewn about, and you’re tight on space, may I interest you in a 2-in-1 combo?
The bedroom has direct access to the bathroom to act as an ensuite, but the bathing area can be closed off to have a more formal powder room when guests are over for taco Tuesday.
It’s the best of both worlds, while using your space efficiently!