Saturday, August 22, 2009


Susan at Between Naps on the Porch
very graciously hosts Metamorphosis Monday where everyone has a place to show off their before and after pictures. Be sure to check out her blog for a list of the participants this week.

Every summer we try to tackle a big project. This year it was time to build a mudroom using a small portion of our garage space. My husband, Bob, is always working in the garage (aka the workshop) creating dirt and sawdust. We were tired of the freezer, etc. covered with dust. In the large picture below, the freezer formerly set up on that platform just outside the kitchen door. He had started installing the studs for the new mudroom; then in the small picture, he had installed the new sub-floor.

Here are the three men in my life working on the drywall and insulation.
Here is the completed mudroom after seven weeks. Bob did all of the work himself except for the electrical and a weekend's help from Mike and Wyatt.

In the upper left corner picture below is the door to the garage with the freezer on the left and a cupboard for storage on the right. In the bottom left picture you can see the door to the new closet on the right of the picture. The big picture on the right shows the open doors to the closet and to the kitchen.

In the new closet on the left of the picture below are double hanging rods for our coats. Behind the coats, there is storage for seven huge tubs of Christmas decorations. In the upper right picture below there are shelves with tubs to hold stuff like light bulbs, sweeper attachments, etc. and storage below for the two sweepers.
The bottom right picture again shows the freezer and the door to the garage. We still have room above the freezer for a cupboard if we decide we need it.

The area is not huge, but we are already enjoying it immensely.

This is just Phase I of the summer/fall project. Now that we have the new closet, we are going to demolish the old coat closet, knock down a wall to enlarge and improve the flow of our front entry. Stay tuned to view more dust, dirt, and mess at our house.


SmilingSally said...

What excellent use of space/man power!

prof en retraite said...

Wow, Sally! I am so impressed! You have added so much useful storage space. And the men in your family are very talented! But I have to ask...what are those interesting looking cages/traps on top of your cupboard? They add an interesting element to your space! Happy weekend...Debbie

Tootsie said...

great idea!!! looks wonderful

xinex said...

Wow! You have talented guys in the family, Sally! It turned out really good and functional...Christine

Anonymous said...

What a big difference this is!! And my, what organization!!! I would love to be more organized - HELP!!!
I am actually taking a free on line class about organization - it starts next Tuesday- hope it helps!!!

I am impressed you did Bishop's castle!!! That is quite a bit of leg work going up all those stairs! I would be a little nervous doing it with little ones too!!

Am glad you are still enjoying your little dish!


Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Sally, this is wonderful girlfriend, I'm sorry I missed the transformation on Monday.. where was my head at. I'm know you're goiong to enjoy it. Definetly worth all the you're having a super Sunday..
hugs ~lynne~

Shelia said...

Wow! This is great, Sally. Your hubby did an excellent job. Love the spaces for the storage bins! Great ideas.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

This is wonderful Sally! I can't wait to see what you do with the entry!

Sue said...

Hi Sally....Boy, I could use Bob and the boys over at our house...Could I arrange to use them for a kitchen re-do....? Nothing is better then good storage.....we have very little so everything ends up down below in the garage....Have a great week....Sue.

abeachcottage said...

wow those guys are good!

happy met monday


Glenda/MidSouth said...

Very nice! Wish I could come up with some ideas for more storage space.

Michelle said...

While growing up we did not have a house with a mudroom until I was 14 years old. But after that my Mom would not even look at a house if it didn't have a mud room.

Glad to see you're already enjoying your new room. It looks great!

Mary said...

So nice! You are going to enjoy that extra space you've created. I hope hubby is proud of himself...I know you are very proud of him!


Things That Inspire said...

Wow - very impressive! That is one thing my house lacks, a mudroom. Too bad my husband isn't as handy as yours!

Cheri Peoples said...

Very nice. It will most likely make your freezer last a lot longer from lack of dust and not so hot, being out of the garage.

Great project.

I hope you will come over and check out this weeks Knock off and I bet you have some things you could post to the KNOCK OFF KNOCK OUT Party.
Its So Very Cheri

Claudia@DipityRoad said...

Great shots of progress... be sure to keep us updated.

TTFN~~ Claudia ♥ ♥

marty39 said...

What a wonderful project and so much extra storage. It turned out fabulous. Hugs, Marty

Wendy said...

That is great!! I would love to have a mudroom. We dont even have a garage! Just a carport & a screened porch.

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

Good job on the mud room.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

This looks like you put so much function into a small space. Of course, any place you can store anything is a bonus! Great use of space. laurie

Susie Q said...

This is wonderful! How I would love something like this! I love my Bill with all my heart but a craftsman/builder he is not! May I borrow Bob for a week of 12?? *smile*