In a Mudroom/Laundry Functionality Rules

It doesn’t matter how good the room looks, if it does not work well, it is a failure.  The existing room was neither, functional nor beautiful.

Ambler, PA

No counter space adjacent to the sink

Ambler PA

Imagine trying to get four young boys to hang their coats in here, at the same time.  Not going to happen.


The closet was removed.  Children and closet doors do not mix well.  The divider between each locker creates space for additional hooks generating more storage space than a flat wall with hooks.  It also creates clear lines between each child’s “territory,”  if you have had young children no explanation is needed.

Note the key hooks on the end of the lockers, this should put an end to that constant last-minute search.

Undercounter Washer/Dryer

We built a false wall to allow us to recess the new washer and dryer.  The custom base cabinets were built so that the new counter would clear the washer/dryer and allow a 10 foot expanse of counter for sorting laundry or doing school projects.  The wall cabinets were re-hung although we did replace the doors with a simple flat panel that matched the base cabinets.

Plumbing access

It is wonderful to have a solid back-splash so you don’t lose socks off the back of the dryer.  The center panel of the bead board is held in place by magnets to allow access to the water valves and electric plug.

Brick Shaped Tile

~Two New  Design Trends ~

Rectangular shaped floor tile have been growing in popularity, here we laid them in a brick pattern.   For the sticklers out there, I know that brick shape tile are not really new, the Romans used them in the days of the gladiators.

The other new trend; Alternate finishes on granite counters.  A few years back we started seeing honed finishes, these are matte finishes that are perfectly smooth.  A honed finish completely changes the look of a piece of granite compared with its polished counterpart.   Another new finish is leather, this finish has a little bit of texture (like leather)  and again changes the look of a given piece of granite, it also gives it a “softer” feel.  For this job we used a similar textured finish called “brushed” on premium black.

Bruce Gingrich is a residential designer and custom builder based in New Holland, PA.  His company, Glenn Gingrich, Inc. is a design, build, remodel firm that executes projects from conception to completion.  His functional insight, meticulous planning, building expertise, and customer collaboration can give you the living space of your dreams.

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4 Responses to In a Mudroom/Laundry Functionality Rules

  1. Betsy says:

    Hi, love the look of the tiles. Where did you get them from? Thanks!

  2. Betsy, The client bought the tile at a close out sale, I do not know what it is. Sorry, Bruce

  3. Lorin says:

    Beautiful job.
    Where did you get the floor tile and what are they called and what is their size?
    Thank you!

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