People need a place to put shoes, coats, kids’ backpacks, and so on when they come home. Why clutter up the laundry room? These four smart designs provide mud rooms or drop zones at that crucial intersection where garage meets home.

Ultra-Functional Craftsman

A seat just inside the garage entrance provides a welcome place to take off shoes. A drop zone and closet receive boots and coats, and a powder bath is well-placed for last-minute convenience before heading out. The main living area is open to the kitchen and its snack bar. Three bedrooms wait upstairs, each with a walk-in closet. A storage room (with another as an option) opens from the second-floor laundry. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

 


Easy Entertaining

This charming plan by Visbeen Associates includes all the amenities that complete a space made for entertaining—even room in the garage for a golf cart. Heading in from the garage, buyers will encounter a storage space on one side and a closet on the other. Luxurious living spaces flow into each other, with a soaring window wall and dramatic two-sided fireplace providing gorgeous focal points. Located on the first floor for convenience, the master suite features a large walk-in closet and a private bath with double sinks. The upper level features two suites, a loft space, and a versatile bonus room. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Fully Equipped

Cubbies, a bench, a walk-in closet, and room for a stacked washer and dryer (in addition to the second-floor laundry) make the mudroom a hardworking zone. The space can be accessed from three sides: the large garage, the screen porch, and an interior hallway. An open layout and lots of windows on the back side of this family home provide easy movement and bright views throughout. Fireplaces adorn many areas, including a dramatic hearth in the great room, the patio's outdoor retreat, and the master suite's two-sided fireplace in the bathroom. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Everyday Functionality

 

Enter from the garage or a front porch into the mudroom, featuring cubbies, a bench, a powder room, and a pantry for easy grocery unloading. The island kitchen serves the spacious gathering rooms. Upstairs, all four bedrooms access the convenient laundry room. See more images, information, and the floor plan.