“I don’t do well in clutter,” Megan Gorman says.
Not only was the dual-purpose laundry and laundry room dated and tired—it was also the messiest place in her mid-’90s Salt Box house, with shoes piled on the floor and nowhere to sit. And this was the first thing she saw when entering or leaving, often with her two young children.
‘You’re coming out of the garage and ready to cool off in or out. The flow and function haven’t been great for their family’s goals.’ This transitional space should be a fresh vibe, said Rory Palupsky of FinDesign, in charge of architectural design and project management.
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The Mudroom is a fairly recent addition to homes, coming out 30 or 40 years ago. These days, many Palubsky clients are asking to add or remodel a mudroom, he says. Focusing on the terracotta tradition she spotted on Houzz, Gorman Palubsky and Jessamy Tsurres of Color Zen (who handled the interior design) were instructed to adopt a “clean” look. The plan was white on white, including cabinets, paintings, and walls, but Gorman changed course halfway. “I thought, ‘That’s not me,'” she says. “I need color. Our house is full of colour.” Instead of white walls, the team chose a light green, to achieve the goal of a quiet space that is also vibrant.
“It’s very quiet,” Gorman says. “Now we already have space for all our things.”
For a family planning to stay in their home for the foreseeable future, the renovation made the space functional, organized, and inviting. “There is just a positive feeling there [now]Palupsky says.
mud bridging With a deck it was a big bonus. A door with window panes did the trick, attracting natural light. “It connects us to the backyard more than before,” Gorman says.
Wall Mounted Drying Rack It was custom made to match the cupboards. A shelving unit on the same wall serves as a drop-off area for lunch boxes and purses, with space under shoes. Two-tier shelves on the left provide places for running gear, gloves, and hats.
to add color, Gorman painted the walls in Sherwin-Williams’ laundry. The color evokes beach tones and helps create a serene atmosphere.
The process guided the selection of porcelain tiles for the floor. “I knew I wanted something that hid dirt well and wasn’t prone to staining, but I also wanted it to contrast with the rest of the room—it’s light and airy,” Gorman says. “To clean, I just need to remove the loose dirt and then use a damp cloth to wipe it and it looks brand new.”
for countertops, “I loved the look of the wood, but without the maintenance, so we chose Wilsonart laminate,” Gorman says. A backsplash wasn’t originally part of the plan, but now Gorman loves how the tiles blend in with the cabinetry.