UPDATE 1: Design
In the existing floor plan, the garage/back yard entry provided no interior transition space for the family of 4 to comfortably get inside and unload. With a pinched entry dumping the family into the already tight kitchen, our clients knew that rethinking the space was critical. With the home’s proximity to Lake Nokomis, the family prioritized staying in their neighborhood but still needed a modern kitchen and mudroom that the 1920’s layout wasn’t able to provide.
- A better entry sequence with classic mudroom cabinets
- A space that would unite the interior with views of the backyard
- An open-concept kitchen with more generous counter space and storage
Areas of Consideration:
- Additional grading to consider when planning for mudroom steps
- The Mudroom would need to act as a sunroom, bridging inside/outside spaces.
- The range location would be limited by the codes dictating vent hood placement.
- A secondary heating solution needed for the addition
- To retain as much backyard space as possible, despite the addition
A Tight Entry Makes for a Cramped Kitchen
The family really needed a better system for entering the home from the garage without getting immediately dumped into a closed-off kitchen. The design team created a thoughtful plan calling for a more generous mudroom addition. For added complexity, our clients asked that the new space create not only new cabinetry for storage but also function as a sunroom, transitioning them from inside to outside more seamlessly. White Crane designers filled the entire room with sunlight through the use of 63″ tall windows. With views to the rest of the yard, the windows emphasize the beauty of the outside world and create the sunroom escape the clients asked for in a mudroom.