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scpezold
Dec. 3, 2009, 09:58 PM
If you could build the mud room of your dreams what would it entail?
My horses are at home so I am obviously tracking in mud, manure, hay, etc at our back door. We also have three retrievers who live indoors whose mission in life is to: a)find the freshest pile of horse manure and roll in it or b) get in the lake. Sometimes (well most of the time) both a & b.
So as I am outside breaking my back bathing dog #2 while at the same time trying to keep the just bathed dog #1 from chasing after the not yet gotten to dog #3 while he is trying to dry before being allowed back in the house, I am conjuring up ideas for my dream mudroom.
My dream mudroom would include an auto car wash-like setup (complete with conveyor belt). Dogs (and occasionally hubby) go in one end and travel through the different sudzing stations. Right before they come out they would get squeegied and then blasted with an air blower. They would then be deposited in a "holding area" to finish drying. There would also be an area to take off and store our boots, shoes and perhaps a few hooks for coats, scarves, etc. Am I forgetting anything? Additional ideas?
Your dream mudroom........

EqTrainer
Dec. 3, 2009, 10:02 PM
.. would have a cement floor w/heating underneath it and a drain in the middle, so I could hose it out :lol:

ManyDogs
Dec. 3, 2009, 10:17 PM
Our entire property has red clay underneath what used to be grass...
6 dogs, 4 who are in and out of the house. The JRT manages to stay relatively clean, except when she decides to roll in manure. The worst one is our little PekeAPoo, who loves to be outside. Leaves, sticks, burrs, mud, manure, more mud, anything and everything gets tangled up in that long hair. I have muddy boots at each door-thank goodness we have hardwood or laminate in most of the house.
Ahhh, the mudroom. First, it would be huge. I like the idea of concrete with a drain in the middle! :yes: There would be lots of windows, a washer and dryer, a laundry tub, lots of hooks, baskets, a bench or two, a coffee pot, a half bath, a telephone, places to hang horse blankets, a place where the dogs could hang out, a woodstove, place to keep gloves and hats----Oh, heck, I would just turn my entire house into a giant mudroom. Sure would make life a lot easier.
I am so frickin' sick of rain and mud.
And to top it off, two of our 4 horses have been messing with the doorknob on the side door at least a couple times a day. I can guarantee if they get that door open, they will stroll right in. Yes, they get the run of the yard for now, until we get the barn fixed up.
I love my equines! :lol:

goodhors
Dec. 3, 2009, 10:44 PM
Not sure how much room you have for this dream room, but I am thinking big!

Raised platform or tub to allow you standing while doing dog bathing. SAVE your back!! Spray nozzle in that area for dog washing and rinsing. Perhaps a shower enclosure plastic type walls for hosing down, after the dogs shake water off. Tile is pretty, waterproof, but always seems to get problems with grouting. Perhaps a bathroom with people shower on the backside of dog tub, share the plumbing, for those REALLY bad days you come in filthy. Guess that shower area would depend on how many "other folks" could be walking thru the mudroom to catch you coming out!!

Have to say the cement floor with drain sounds pretty good!! You might need a couple roughed up places, doorway, outside the tub, so they are not slippery when wet feet hit the floor. I would add a small entry place just inside the back door for coming in from outside, with a second, interior door to keep cold, wet dogs outside the rest of the mudroom until I was ready for them. The dead air space is also good for saving heat in the rest of home as people run in and out.

Then on to my nice, dog-proof, mud room with coats, boots, dog wash area and the other interior door, preventing the wet dogs into house. You probably will want large closets, so some nice coats can be enclosed for company visits, away from dogs. Storage places to keep your various winter pieces of unworn attire. I try to only have one outfit per person out in view on the coat racks. Times 3, still is a LOT of clothing, plus boots and shoes. You probably want room for a dog crate too, for the new puppy or a shoe chewer.

Have to say that smooth door faces wash easier on cupboard faces. I would want all easy clean surfaces, no carpet floors.

I got a small horsevac cheap, does a great job of blowing off the wet dogs from bath. Shopvac works too. However I have an unfinished basement, so wet spray is not a problem like in a finished room. Dogs do dry much faster after being blown off!

Would a chainlink "yard" outside the door help enclose the area for dog containment outside drying? You could get all the dirty ones inside, then let them out one at a time after washing. Temporarily restrain them from horse areas to roll in.

My "back room" is going to have a opening bench to put shoes and boots in, so they are out of sight and protected from chewing teeth. It will have a center divider, so one side is barn stuff, and the other side is footwear for non-horse activities. Keeps the smell apart! I can sit on the bench to put on my shoes or boots. I even have a design picked to cut into the face of bench for airflow to the boots so they dry well! I am figuring large so Tall boots, muck boots, barn shoes will stand up in pairs, plenty of room for numerous pairs on each side. Probably as big as a tack trunk!

Needs some shelf space for boxes to keep summer hats and gloves, winter hats and gloves. AND the best, one of those boot dryers. I think they are one of the best accessories invented, nothing like putting on WARM winter boots in the AM!!

Wow, just thinking of this room has all kinds of ideas cooking!

greysandbays
Dec. 3, 2009, 11:20 PM
I think the size of a two-car garage would just about be big enough.

Aside from all the other good ideas listed, I'd also want room for a potting "shed" and garden canning/freezing prep station that I could wheel my big garden cart right up to. (I'd want at least one big overhead door for that.) Room for a couple big freezers and root crop storage and other food storage would be good also.

strawberry roan
Dec. 4, 2009, 09:24 AM
My dream mudroom? It would have an attendant(handsome--more like a cabana hunk!) so all I had to do was dump my clothes(!) or dogs or whatever and he would clean all so I didn't have to do a thing. Oh, to dream! :winkgrin:

Sparky Boy
Dec. 4, 2009, 09:35 AM
It should be the easiest access door towards the barn!!

Our mudroom is great but it's off the garage and it's the front door that heads straight to the barn. We use the front door all the time to go out to the barn. My floors are never very clean. :(

LauraKY
Dec. 4, 2009, 09:39 AM
I would kill for any mudroom. We have to use the garage. It's a disaster to say the least.

pony grandma
Dec. 4, 2009, 09:44 AM
This all just gives more fodder to my saying "What DO city people have to talk about?" WTF is that walk across white yuppie carpeting to get to the powder room thing all about???

Wildly raising hand ... YES to the mudroom ideas. I have had a mudroom plan in my head for yrs. Big enough for all the needs, scored concrete floors with a drain and a hose, I love the raised idea for the dog wash, I had been thinking a shower stall basin area. I plan for a work table space in the middle - use for laundry sorting, tack cleaning, project table with recycling sorting bins underneath. I will add laundry shelves, one shelf for each family member so that they can come get their own clothes and have a space for the clothes that they need to change into when using the mudroom shower.

ditto yes to the airlock entry. good idea to use for the dogs!

By the time you'all get done with this we'll need a bed in there too! :lol:

greysandbays
Dec. 4, 2009, 10:03 AM
My dream mudroom? It would have an attendant(handsome--more like a cabana hunk!) so all I had to do was dump my clothes(!) or dogs or whatever and he would clean all so I didn't have to do a thing. Oh, to dream! :winkgrin:

Oh, you dream too small!!!!! You want the cabana hunk for your recreation AFTER you dump your clothes.... and somebody else (doesn't matter much who) to do the mud room attendant stuff... :winkgrin:

mvp
Dec. 4, 2009, 10:10 AM
A friend of mine designed hers pretty well. It has cement porch with a low spigot (and perhaps a low tie ring in the wall beside it). This is her out-door doggie wash-rack.

Mine would be a converted, heated two-car garage-- it would have a tack cleaning area as well as a well-designed rack for drying blankets.

Doberpei
Dec. 4, 2009, 10:44 AM
My dream mud room would have slate floors, radiant heat, a drain, plus an shower area for washing dogs, and feet - a retractable spray nozzle for the dog and lower extremities, and full on shower in case I needed to strip and shower before entering the house proper. It would be next to the kitchen have a Dutch door completely closable for "company", but could leave the top open to keep an eye on drying dogs. There would be an area for tack cleaning and storage. Naturally it would house the washer and dryer and utility sink.

It will also have closet space to store coats, overalls, boots, etc. Since in my fantasy it's next to the kitchen, I have a feeling it will also serve as part pantry, and have an extra fridge and freezer.

When I win the lottery, the mud room gets built first, then I will build the rest of the dream house!

SmartAlex
Dec. 4, 2009, 11:00 AM
My dream mudroom? It would have an attendant(handsome--more like a cabana hunk!) so all I had to do was dump my clothes(!) or dogs or whatever and he would clean all so I didn't have to do a thing. Oh, to dream! :winkgrin:

^^^^ :D

I was reading Gordon Grand stories last night, and I was wondering what the Colonel really needed with a Valet, a Butler and a Housekeeper..... oh wait, I know!

pony grandma
Dec. 4, 2009, 12:00 PM
:lol::lol: you girls are too funny! Now I know that a mudroom hunk is not something that I knocked off my boot!!

IFG
Dec. 4, 2009, 12:13 PM
Oh, heck, I would just turn my entire house into a giant mudroom.

Afraid that is what my house has become. Keeping the dirt from the Standard Poodle off the sofa and out of our bed is a major effort.

I am lucky enough to have a raised ranch so that I come into the house from the barn through the unfinished basement.

All of my barn clothes live down there as does all of the horse stuff. It is the dog that spreads the mud everywhere.

goodhors
Dec. 4, 2009, 12:24 PM
[QUOTE=IFG;4537620
I am lucky enough to have a raised ranch so that I come into the house from the barn through the unfinished basement.

All of my barn clothes live down there as does all of the horse stuff. It is the dog that spreads the mud everywhere.[/QUOTE]

BAD DOG!!

Maybe if you keep his feet clipped down tight, between the toes, so less hair to carry dirt around would help. Does make a visible cleaning difference, when my LARGE hairy dog has "NAKED feet!"

RegentLion
Dec. 4, 2009, 12:56 PM
We get to build my dream mudroom. :D

Actually, we're going to have a Mud Room and a Dog Room.

Mud room: Wood stove (for drying things), lots of hooks, big armoires for storing out of season clothing in. Benches etc for tons of storage! Slate floors with in floor heat. Dogs not in mud room! Laundry room is separate. For BIG messes, see dog room, below.

Dog room: Some sort of tile or slate floor (in floor heat). A mop sink with a spigot and hose. A walk in closet for storing dog food/beds/towels/etc. This way we can wash and hose the dogs off in the dog room (and / or our muddy boots) and actually CONFINE THEM into the dog room until they dry. This way they aren't mixing and matching with all our boots/gloves/hats/carhart jackets. I plan to have an outside door that goes to a kennel with rubber pavers as well, via a doggy door.

Bluey
Dec. 4, 2009, 12:59 PM
A friend remodeled and put in a mud room.
It is accessible from the barn and you have to go thru it to get in the house.
She keeps some dogs there and a prarie dog pair in their crate, that she lets roam the mudroom when everyone is in and at times the house.

The mud room has on one side, right by the door a shower to wash boots, dogs and people in a pinch, with a hand held head that reaches all the way down, room for three big dog crates and washer and drier with a big laundry room sink and table right there, then an enclosed toilet space with a urinal also.
On the other wall, there are first hooks for coats and a long bench with footwear under it, the rest is cabinets.
The floor is concrete and has a drain in front of the washing machine.
On the other end, there is the door to the house.
She calls the mudroom the airlock.;)

poltroon
Dec. 4, 2009, 01:09 PM
:lol::lol: you girls are too funny! Now I know that a mudroom hunk is not something that I knocked off my boot!!

:D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D

poltroon
Dec. 4, 2009, 01:14 PM
It looks like I will be getting one, and top on my list has always been a closet with a drain. Actually two closets - the wet/muddy closet and the dry/clean closet, for the town clothes. Tiny bathroom - ideally with shower - also a must. And I'd put the laundry adjacent to it. A place to sit while taking stuff off, tall enough so you can shove the muddy boots under it. A place for the relatively clean slippers for going on into the house. Enough storage for all the shoes we've inexplicably collected.

Also, I laughed at the plans that were presented to me that had the mudroom in the back and then some sort of grand entry for guests. "This is a farm, in mud country," I said. EVERYONE needs the mud room.

Oh, and while I'm dreaming, I don't just want the slate floor, I want a compass rose mosaic in the floor :) or maybe some other design.

IFG
Dec. 4, 2009, 01:57 PM
BAD DOG!!

Maybe if you keep his feet clipped down tight, between the toes, so less hair to carry dirt around would help. Does make a visible cleaning difference, when my LARGE hairy dog has "NAKED feet!"

Nah, bad owner. His feet are clipped (to the best of my ability), I just cannot get the mud off. Coupled with our lousy house-keeping and seeming inability to make our bed, there are more than a few nights when hubby draws back the covers to find muddy paw prints on the white sheets.

Maybe it's not the mud that is the issue, maybe I just need brown sheets? Yeah, that's the ticket...

Fancy That
Dec. 4, 2009, 03:40 PM
We were able to design the whole horse set up on our property, which we just bought in May 09.

Luckily, the ranch house already had a mud room/laundry room with a back door that leads into what's now the backyard and towards the Carriage House/Garage.

So I put a gate to the "horsie area" conveniently close to the mudroom door, and set up the horse area (tack room, hay barn, stall shelters, grooming and wash rack) accordingly.

Our mudroom is small but it totally serves it's purpose. The mudroom door also has the doggie door in it. So the dogs can wear off a bit of dirt/mud before entering the main part of the house :)

I wish ours was bigger, but I'm SO GLAD we have it! We have a utility sink, washer/dry and lots of cupboards for storage....as well as a linoleum floor (soon to be Pergo)

Love it!

Tom King
Dec. 4, 2009, 04:07 PM
The dogs already have a 16 x 24 foot room with washer/dryer, easy clean floor, 6' long stainless steel sink, designated toilet in storage closet,etc., etc..

A mudroom should have a boot sink with a drain that has no trap and runs out to daylight downhill through 4" plastic pipe and not into the septic tank. This is not something that can be explained to an inspector so plan accordingly.

Plenty of boot and glove dryers and lots of open places to hang wet clothes. Fans to circulate more air than you would want to move in a living space and heat exchanger vent to outside. 10x10 is plenty big but probably also minimum size if you have more space for one.

Pet door for cats in cold weather.

atr
Dec. 4, 2009, 04:30 PM
I built mine a couple of years ago...

Terracotta tile floors with underfloor heating so boots and shoes are warm and dry, a laundry/ulitity room, and a bathroom (with shower) off one side, lots of storage for coats and hats and gloves and shoes a decent sized bench, a door to the garage and a door to a covered way to the driveway.

Here's a couple of pictures:

(taken before we put the hooks up--the back of the bench has hooks above the seat and on the reverse side)

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a256/ACTRI/100_0845.jpg

This is going from the kitchen to the mudroom (with some gratuitous kitties)

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a256/ACTRI/100_0780.jpg

This is standing in the bathroom looking towards the outside doors:

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a256/ACTRI/100_0852.jpg

judybigredpony
Dec. 4, 2009, 04:45 PM
I have a mudroom...but to get there you have to walk around the house thru the wet yard up narrow steps...because hubby is waiting for that right moment..when we have spare cash (think frozen devils) to install a patio w/ a deck.

My dream mud room would have an outdoor shower so I could strip off stinking sweaty summer manure encrusted hairy mucking riding gear, take a relaxing shower, put on a clean robe and dump my stuff straight into the washer n dryer.
Pause in front of the pantry right across the hall where there is a mini fridge stocked w/ cold drinks, snag a snack and head for a sofa. By passing kitchen all together snag a snack:)

foggybok
Dec. 4, 2009, 06:38 PM
My dream mudroom would one one that actually get used...

Hubby and dog come in the front door or through my office all the time...there is a dark trail on my office floor..... mud chunks appear everywhere....

If only they would use the mudroom!

OK, I have to fess up, sometimes it is easier to cut through the office......

Sabovee
Dec. 4, 2009, 06:42 PM
Everytime I see this thread title all I can see is

The dream mushroom.

Bluey
Dec. 4, 2009, 07:03 PM
I have a designated mudroom, but somehow it ended being the back porch and where everyone comes in the house.
It has a small 1/2 bath in it's own room and a coat closet, coat rack, long low table and cabinets with a top like a table.

Soooo, sometimes, even if you designate one as a mudroom, it will get whatever use it gets.:lol:

scpezold
Dec. 4, 2009, 07:15 PM
Oh, you dream too small!!!!! You want the cabana hunk for your recreation AFTER you dump your clothes.... and somebody else (doesn't matter much who) to do the mud room attendant stuff... :winkgrin:

Wow, I am blushing :o

I think the painted concrete floors or stained/sealed brick floors (what we have through most of our house) with a drain in the center is a must. I am also thinking of a very deep cutout (niche like) in one of the walls that is no more then 4-5 feet high and maybe the same wide and deep. Their would be a fan mounted off to the side. The dogs would go in there and a chainlink gate would cover the facing. This could be there "drying" room. I do not know about your dogs but my guys get very hyper after their baths and want to find any towel, carpet, fabric, etc to drag their body on. I figure throw a bunch of towels in there and let them have at it. I also figured chainlink as my dogs will only scratch wood doors. This niche area would be hoseable as well.
I am really liking the idea of a full shower for those really dirty days. Maybe have a regular shower head up top and a handheld installed closer to the bottom for bathing dogs, hosing boots,etc. This area could also double as a "drip dry" station.
Someone also mentioned dutch doors as the main door to the rest of the house. I like that idea and might even take it a step further and install a retractable doggie gate to give the door area even more versatility.
This mudroom may also benefit from a small central vac to suck up any drug in mud, dirt, hay, manure, etc.
Brooms and dustpans are
SO last year:lol:

The mudroom would also have to have a small tv so Animal Planet could keep the guys company when we are away. My guys love this:yes:

I am really trying to keep the horse blankets at the barn. Dont have a barn yet but trying to figure a way to effectively dry out blankets when removed after bad weather. However, I am thinking the barn orientation will be right off the garage so if it ends up being close enough I might just have to add "blanket aerator area" to my dream mudroom.

Both mudroom "kennel/niche" area and barn aisle would have small auto waterers mounted on the wall and stationed at proper height. I dont want them drinking out of the toilet at the barn and I am afraid with three of them in the mudroom area at the same time they are bound to knock over the water bowl.

Still reading through all the posts. Great ideas you guys. Keep em coming.

Mozart
Dec. 5, 2009, 12:58 AM
We will be building a house in a couple of years time and the room I think about the most is the mudroom! Mine will have two doors, one leading to the yard and barn and one to an attached garage.

Room for dog kennels and dog beds

Washer, dryer, utility sink with tack hook. Separate washer for horse and dog stuff. A rack for hanging clothes to dry that can be raised up and out of the way.

One side (near the garage)will have row of open lockers for coats and back packs, etc. with upper cupboard for out of season stuff and lower pull out drawers for in season stuff etc. Bench with pull out drawers in front of the open locker.

Others side will have a similar row for barn and work clothes.

Big freezer and pantry. Rack to hang in season family sports equipment. Connected to mudroom will be a small bathroom with shower stall.

I really like the Dutch door to the kitchen idea, I was thinking sliding door but I like the Dutch door idea better.

Yup, gonna design the mudroom and kitchen first and the rest will flow from there!

scpezold
Dec. 5, 2009, 04:12 AM
Just came across this which would be great for a mudroom but I am thinking it would be great also drying those multiple blankets at the barn as well :yes:
http://www.hgtv.ca/BLOG/photos/stylesheet/images/85668/original.aspx

urbanclotheslines.com makes them and a few other great designs!

I'm thinking if you did not want to spend time buckling and unbuckling the chest area to go over the bars you could simply hang hooks from the bars.

SLR
Dec. 5, 2009, 09:44 AM
I really love this thread as we are building a house now and I'm in the process of designing the mudroom. My builder told me that I could put a small door in the baseboard flush with the floor that would connect to a whole house vac, so i could just sweep the dirt in. That sounded like a great idea. I just don't know if I want to spring for the whole house vac for just one room. Have had them in the past, but rarely used.

birdsong
Dec. 5, 2009, 10:12 AM
As everyone described their perfect mudroom I realized it was exactly like my grandfather's old milk barn! One area with the concrete floors and drains and another room where the milk was processed would make the perfect place for hooks and storage.

It still stands on the family farm (empty)....wouldn't I now appreciate that in my own back yard!

MistyBlue
Dec. 5, 2009, 11:45 AM
Okay I opened this all set to describe in detail my dream mudroom. Which I wiill eventually built in my basement. (walk out basement and where I come in from outside now anyways)
I adore planning these types of things and was ready to have a typing fest of describing details.
Then I read atr's post and opened her photos.
Soooo, nevermind my detailed description now. It pales in comprison to atr's reality. :D
And just to deepend the shade of Envy Green I am right now...atr, you live in a log cabon don't you?

My dream mudroom is atr's mudroom. And kitchen. Floors. And house.

I'll be packing now, atr I'll be there soon. :winkgrin: :lol: :winkgrin:

ReSomething
Dec. 5, 2009, 12:03 PM
Nope, atr's is too pretty, I'd never be able to bring myself to use it.

What I have is too small, it is the laundry room, and it needs to be open to the bathroom on one side and the kitchen on the other. I understand that some doublewides actually have a floor plan like this but ours is "special" with a unique floorplan that takes advantage of the view but really sucks for farm living. It is the best door to enter by when you are doing farm chores, I'll give it that.

My dream mudroom would be similar to one a friend had - it took up the entire side of the house between the main house and garage and had laundry tub, washer, dryer, seating, hooks and cupboards and a full bathroom at the end. Opened into the kitchen breakfast nook so the fella could work on cars or whatnot, use the bathroom, have lunch and get cleaned up all without entering the main house.

atr
Dec. 5, 2009, 01:33 PM
Mistyblue, I do indeed live in a log cabin--the prettiest log cabin in the world, actually, up a winding mountain road to boot, and I love it :)

(And you should see the mudroom right now--pretty it isn't! I really need to go muck out in there sometime this weekend--it is the main entrance to our house so we try to keep the "hallway" part of it reasonably tidy, but the hidden part, wherethe catbox and the dirty shoes are, is a disaster area at the moment...)

suz
Dec. 5, 2009, 03:27 PM
i've come pretty close to a dream mudroom, and will remodel next spring to fix what doesn't work really well..
i had the good ideas, but still the door is in the wrong place, entry too small, etc.
but what is good is the tile floor and walls throughout, plus drain in the floor. we have what we call a clean room, there's where the drain is, and a spigot for water about twelve inches from the floor. the plan called for it to be plumbed with hot water, but the plumber didn't understand and it's just cold. that will be fixed and i'll use a car wash type boom spray to clean boots and dogs. the room will be big enough for the dogs to hang out in comfortable while they dry off as well.
there is also a large utility sink, which is good for potting plants, washing dog dishes, etc. we've also used it when butchering broilers and we could keep it all sterile thanks to the tile and drains.
that room needs to be adjacent to the back entry though, and bigger, so the dogs and i can come in from the barn, wash and dry off, then proceed into the rest of the house.
i do have a powder room right there, and the washer dryer, so i can come in, use the bathroom, and strip my dirty clothes right into the washer. the problem is that i rarely do, because there seems to always be someone standing around when i want to do that. so in the remodel i'll have a closet there with spare clothes, which makes sense anyway, since they can come right out of the machines and get put away immediatly. if i could actually store my clean clothes in the machiine that would be AWESOME!!
plus we'll have the back of the fireplace/woodstove where i can hang damp clothes and boots to dry, and screened in tiny cat litter box porch which keeps the odors out of the house, and access from the outside for ventilation and cleaning.
i'm sure i'm forgetting something, but the plans have been put away for now, i'll look at them again in a month for a fresh view of it all...

scpezold
Dec. 5, 2009, 05:01 PM
atr-I somehow missed seeing the pictures of your mudroom:eek: It is gorgeous. I especially love the color.
Green with envy.
Back to the drawing board for me:lol:

Bluey
Dec. 5, 2009, 06:26 PM
atr-I somehow missed seeing the pictures of your mudroom:eek: It is gorgeous. I especially love the color.
Green with envy.
Back to the drawing board for me:lol:

I thought so too, it is marvelous.:cool:

atr
Dec. 5, 2009, 07:24 PM
Thank you. I love it and it is very practical. And you should have seen the disaster area it replaced!

Sometimes there are some advantages to having your own cabinet shop in a construction slump--time and people were mine!

rideagoldenpony
Dec. 5, 2009, 09:18 PM
(taken before we put the hooks up--the back of the bench has hooks above the seat and on the reverse side)

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a256/ACTRI/100_0845.jpg

WOW!!! That is absolutely beautiful!!!!

Now I want to see the rest of your house! LOL

blueboo
Dec. 6, 2009, 02:08 PM
Nah, bad owner. His feet are clipped (to the best of my ability), I just cannot get the mud off. Coupled with our lousy house-keeping and seeming inability to make our bed, there are more than a few nights when hubby draws back the covers to find muddy paw prints on the white sheets.

Maybe it's not the mud that is the issue, maybe I just need brown sheets? Yeah, that's the ticket...

My hubby, who never in his life slept with a canine until we got married, (and then had 3, now 2 plus a cat in bed) has solved the whole problem - he just doesn't look anymore. :lol::lol::lol: He has perfected the "lift the covers a foot up, slide hand under covers and swish back and forth a bit, close eyes and climb in. Before either of us can actually get into the bed and under the covers, Zipper the littlest rat terrier is under the covers at knee level, Buddy is stretched out full length between us, and the cat is in the depression between the our pillows. Bullet, the 60+ pound lab setter mix is (thank god) not allowed on the bed and doesn't try to get up there too often, and the Pyrs are outside. Otherwise, we'd be on the floor on the mostly ignored dog beds, while the dogs had the bed! :D

Lord Helpus
Dec. 6, 2009, 09:35 PM
I just built my new house and my mudroom dreams had to meet with reality. The grand plan turned into a 10' x 10' room (which then had to accommodate the furnace :mad:).

I ended up with: a "doggie swimming pool" as my carpenters called it -- I stood up and held my shoodle, Maggie at waist height and told them to mark where her feet were and that is where I wanted the bottom of the tub. :winkgrin:

I bought a 3 pc. shower/tub faucet set with a hand held shower wand which I had placed on the wall and it is perfect for washing doggies.

The tub itself is a tub/shower base for an RV. You can get them in L or Rt hand drains, and just about any size you want on ebay and the cost is 1/4 - 1/10 of putting in a custom tub.

I also have the bench with flip up lid and the shelves and old brick floor (which I have not put sand/grout between. I figure that the doggies and I are "self grouting by bringing sand in daily. In Southern Pines, there is no shortage of that!. :lol:)

I saw a WONDERFUL mud room with a floor that was slightly sloped toward the door. There was a gap underneath the door sill where the water drained out when the room was hosed down. It was caught on a little "lip" which directed it away from the house's foundation. Much less costly than a drain. :yes:

I also have a dutch door between the mud room and the rest of the house. So if the dogs come in through the doggie door and it is raining, I can close the bottom of the door and keep them in there until I wash their feet off.

I wish the mud room was bigger. But it has the basics. Right across a 4' wide hallway is a half bath, so I do have a bathroom right there.

And my industrial size front load w/d are in the master bathroom :D Right where they should be. :yes::yes::yes: At night I undress into the washer, and in the morning I dress out of the dryer. Works for me!:)

Tom King
Dec. 6, 2009, 10:00 PM
quote: "I ended up with: a "doggie swimming pool" as my carpenters called it -- I stood up and held my shoodle, Maggie at waist height and told them to mark where her feet were and that is where I wanted the bottom of the tub. :winkgrin:"

We used this method too for the sink in the dogroom.

You don't have to have a threshold under a door and without one the floor can either be swept out or with proper planning and materials-hosed out.

www.conservationtechnology.com (http://www.conservationtechnology.com) used to sell an automatic sealing weatherstripping that was recessed up into the bottom of the door that presses down only as the door is closed tight. We have them in a couple of places that I installed them in maybe 20 years ago. I didn't search their site but just went there and copied and pasted the link here. With those, and I forget exactly what they were called, you don't need a raised threshold.

Foxtrot's
Dec. 7, 2009, 01:44 AM
While the rest of the world is admiring the Street of Dreams homes, us horse types are waxing eloquent about our mudrooms.....happiness is having a BIG mudroom. If ever I get to have one, I'm going to resurrect this thread and plan accordingly, then I'm going to make it even bigger. Something that has a sloping floor I can hose out, dog beds off the ground so I can sweep, and lots of cupboards for unattractive gear. I want a half door into the main part of the house so if the dogs are drying off they can still feel part of the family.

Tom King
Dec. 7, 2009, 05:06 PM
Here's the ultimate floor. It can be applied with a rounded cove base and continue up the wall as high as you like to facilitate hosing. It's going in our dog room sometime in the near future.

http://stage-protective.sherwin-williams.com/pdf/articles/anewbaseofoperation.pdf

However, it is one of those things that if you have to ask..............

Wayside
Dec. 7, 2009, 08:34 PM
We don't have a real mud room here sadly, but the back door opens into the laundry room, which isn't half bad. I can't hose the dog off in there, but I can dump the dirty clothes and dirty dog towels. The main thing that I really like about it is that the downstairs half bathroom is right there. I have a tiny bladder, and it's so nice that I can come in to pee without having to tromp through the house :lol:

Hampton Bay
Dec. 7, 2009, 10:48 PM
I like the idea of the drain in the floor, though I would do vinyl flooring with a texture so it's less slippery than cement.

Of course there would be lots of storage space for boots and coats and such, as well as a washer and dryer and laundry sink.

It would have to have a half bath, probably one that opens into a full bath for showers after especially dirty tasks. I'm thinking it would be nice for the half bath to open into the master bathroom for that purpose.

I would probably also use it as a tack and feed room (just feed, not hay). I get so tired of all the moldy tack down here during the summer, so having it stored in an air-conditioned room would be nice.

Trevelyan96
Dec. 7, 2009, 11:00 PM
I'm trying to convince DH to turn my upper deck into a screened in porch/mudroom. There's no space in the garage and the laundry room is a joke, so I track all my dirt in through the kitchen and there are shoes everywhere :eek: