There are only two times a year when I truly regret turning my pantry into a mudroom rather than turning half our porch into one: the 1st snow day & the 1st day of mud season. For those of you who do not live in a beautiful & rural mountainside village such as Lincoln, mud season falls between winter & spring; the ground has thawed, the snow has melted but the grass has yet to realize its time to sprout. ( In Vermont we celebrate six seasons rather than your typical 4: Winter, Mud, Spring, Summer, Fall & Stick.)
The clients of mine for whom I am designing new houses not only get the benefit of my design expertise but they also benefit from my thoughts on of all the things I would do differently if I was designing myself a new home rather than renovating an 1850's farmhouse with my husband. Case and point: The 'reinvented farmhouse'.
During the initial stages of design, the barn/garage was going to be connected to the house with a simple breezeway. But as we furthered into the design process, it became clear that a mudroom, separate from the many entry, was essential; After all, this house was meant to not only suit my client but also her extended family, which includes 7 grandchildren.
With multiple hooks (at varying heights), there is ample hanging space for bags, jackets & snow pants. With cubbies (both large & small), there is no lack of storage for baskets of scarves, hats & mittens, hockey skates & gear, ski helmets & googles.
With a built in bench & boot shelf as well as a couple of steps, there is plenty of room to take a seat while trying to pull boot and shoes on & off. And finally, with a radiant slab floor covered in slate tile, all those little melted snow puddles will dry up immediate. And as an added bonus with the radiant heat, if all those little coats, pants, mittens & hats end up in a pile on the floor, rather than on hooks or in baskets, they will dry even more quickly because of the heat.