Introducing Meg and Josh's Mudroom Renovation

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Name: Meg and Josh
Type of Project: Mudroom/Breakfast Nook remodel
Location: Chinook, Washington
Type of building: Single-Family Home, 1,000 square feet

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We're excited to introduce you to a renovating project that's a little different from our usual bathrooms and kitchens. Intrepid DIYers Meg and Josh are transforming their tiny utility room into a mudroom with seating and storage that will be useful for the whole family. Read on to find out more.

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Top photo and above: two shots of the utility room, taken right after Meg and Josh purchased the house.

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The breakfast nook, right after Meg and Josh bought the house. The wall on the right, which separates the breakfast nook from the utility room, will be torn down and replaced with a half wall.

From Meg:

We love open-concept living, but like many older homes ours has lots of closed off spaces. To create a more open feel and give us visibility to the backyard we're opening our mudroom to the kitchen and separating it from our breakfast nook with a half wall.

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Proposed elevations of the new breakfast nook/mudroom, showing the half wall.

Along with tearing down walls and installing a support beam, we'll be using our carpentry skills to create some built in features, like a laundry closet and bench seating, and we'll be replacing our beat up wood laminate with sustainable cork flooring.

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The utility room now, as the project is about to begin. The cabinets on the right wall are gone, and the door and window have been replaced.

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The dining room now: bye-bye, wood panels. Hello, new windows.

We've made small strides since we moved into our home in December 2011. We've removed the wood paneled walls in the nook, replaced the old door with a beautiful salvaged glass paned door, and replaced the old, drafty windows. Now, with our second baby on the way, we're motivated to finally move this project from the overwhelming list of to-dos to the finished list.

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Utility room on right - breakfast nook on left. Soon this will all be one open, glorious space.

Thanks, Meg and Josh!

Join us next week as Meg and Josh share their inspiration for the look of their new mudroom and breakfast nook.

(Images & Diary Text: Meg Padgett)

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