There’s really no excuse anymore for a lackluster laundry room serving as the everyday entry point to the home. Give buyers a much less stressful (no looking at piles of laundry as soon as you step in!), much more organized alternative with a mud room. These four layouts get it right.

Outstanding Organization

Photo by Joel Fox, Fox Builders LLC., Mansfield, OH
Photo by Joel Fox, Fox Builders LLC., Mansfield, OH


If you're looking for a one-story family home with lots of storage space, this stone-covered beauty is a great choice. The kitchen, which opens to the great room, offers a wide angled island and deep walk-in pantry. A handy drop zone leading to the garage features lockers to keep everything organized. All three bedrooms boast walk-in closets and easy proximity to the laundry room. See more images, information, and the floor plan.


Easy Grocery Unloading


A subtle mix of materials adds texture and character to create a beautiful exterior. Inside, the functional floor plan includes a spacious great room with a fireplace and built-in cabinets. Nearby, the large island with seating serves as an anchor for the kitchen and becomes a comfortable gathering place, while the large dining area enjoys access to the front porch and allows space for a formal dining experience. The master suite pampers the homeowner with a windowed whirlpool tub, double-bowl vanity, and walk-in closet. The transition space from the garage utilizes a mud room with cubbies, a laundry room, and a walk-in pantry that's perfect for stashing groceries with a minimum of steps. Two bedrooms on the second floor offer privacy for all family members. See more images, information, and the floor plan.


Casual and Functional

Photo courtesy of Visbeen Architects
Photo courtesy of Visbeen Architects
Photo courtesy of Visbeen Architects
Brad Gillette Photo courtesy of Visbeen Architects


Outdoor living features prominently in this compact but charming Visbeen Architects design, which includes not only one porch but two – an open porch downstairs and a screened one above. Inside, the floor plan is efficient yet easygoing. Casual living reigns, from the spacious island kitchen to the living room and open dining space. A generous mud room provides space to stash boots, coats, and backpacks. On the upper level, the master suite spreads out with a large bedroom, a sitting room, and even a private screened porch. On the lower level, two additional family bedrooms share a hall bath. A bonus room offers space to expand off the landing below the master suite. See more images, information, and the floor plan.


Direct Access to the Master Suite and More

The garage entry acts as a second foyer allowing direct access to the pantry, large laundry room (with plenty of folding space), kitchen, and master suite. Seating for five at the kitchen's counter encourages interaction between here and the hearth room, while the cooktop island and overhead floating cabinets add utility. Capture panoramic views from the back covered porch and grilling deck. The family room is cozy and impressive, showcasing a fireplace with built-ins and a wood truss ceiling. The luxurious master suite is both romantic (check out that shower and tub!) and practical (with double closets). An optional patio would be a great spot from which to greet the day. For future expansion, the bonus room provides many options. See more images, information, and the floor plan.