Mudroom Ideas – Plans
Mudroom ideas includes images and easy to follow free instructions. These DIY plans are a must if you find yourself constantly tracking up the floors.
Planning for a Mudroom
The idea behind a mudroom is simple. Get rid of mud! The fastest and simplest way is to simply change out the muddy clothes into some clean and dry clothing. A small room to walk into from the outside and not worry about getting it muddy while changing out is a luxury. Basically any area can be converted into a mudroom. At its simplest a sturdy bench on a durable floor will serve its purpose. More complicated designs include a drain in the center of the floor and a hose for spraying off excess mud quickly. It may also have a shower and a utility sink.
Mudrooms work best with concrete floors. They are easily cleaned and very durable. In this idea, the mudroom is added right at the exterior door in a garage. To be certain, this design is really nothing more than a large walk-shower. It features a removable shower head and a plenty of room for a bench or a seat. Stand alone metal shelves will work with this design if you want to leave out the closet.
The toughest task involved with this project is the very first one necessary; installing the drain. If you have any doubts about being able to do it, then you may be better off to hire a professional plumber. If you decide to do it yourself, then the steps are quite simple. Start by determining the exact location of the drain. Saw through the concrete with two cuts six inches apart. This needs to go in the direction of the main drain pipe. It varies wildly where the main drain pipe is located. Be sure to pick the easiest route with the least amount sawing involved. Ideally it will be a short distance to get the drain into the crawl space where it can usually be easily attached to the main drain pipe. Remember that the new drain line must have a minimum of 1/4″ per foot of fall. Do not pour the concrete yet.
Build the walls just like for any interior wall framing project. Install the rough in faucet and run water lines to it. Pour high strength concrete over the drain line and allow it to set at least one day. Install at least one recessed light in the ceiling. Use mold resistant drywall on the new and existing walls alike. If you want a built in bench, then now is the time to build it. Tape and mud the drywall. Cover the drywall on the inside of the mudroom with Formica. It is very cheap and easy to work with. Hang the doors. Run the baseboard. Use rubber on the inside of the new room and match the original baseboard on the outside. Add the finishing touches on the plumbing and electrical fixtures. Match the paint on the outside of the room with the surrounding walls. If you want to use epoxy on the floor of the mudroom, then now is the time.
The Truth About Mudrooms
Mudrooms are small and do not require a massive amount materials. Everything will fit nicely on a, single truck load. They do however require a great deal of labor. Since concrete, plumbing, electric, drywall, and finish carpentry are all involved, this project is not exactly perfect for the do-it-yourself weekend warrior. This project is well worth doing if you are willing to make the high initial investment in labor, whether you do it yourself or hire it done. Good luck with building your mudroom!