The Curbly House Kitchen and Mudroom Tour
For the last year, my family has embarked on a kitchen and mud/laundry room adventure that has turned our house inside out and upside down. Both rooms were part of an addition we’d planned to add to our house ever since we purchased it. The planning, preparing, saving, and working has been both exhausting and exhilarating. We DIYed up to a point then sought help from designers, contractors, and other specialists along the way. The road has been long (although, the whirlwind process all took place in a mere 10 month!), but the result is the kitchen and mud (and laundry) room of our dreams!
Here’s a tour of our spaces with all the information we used while planning out the areas.
When we set out to create our kitchen, we had a few “musts” on our list. We knew we wanted an island with informal seating, ample counter space, storage galore, crisp white cabinetry, and a family- and entertaining- friendly layout.
We went through an exhaustive process of looking at various countertop materials and colors (read all about it here LINK?), before settling on a Caesarstone color called Frosty Carrina. Its marble-like veining is clean and subtle, and the countertops have a finish that’s gorgeous and durable.
We worked with a professional kitchen designer (Jeannine Burnett afrom Gerhards Store) during this phase of the process. This was incredibly helpful, and led us to make choices we wouldn’t have otherwise made. For example, we originally planned to place our microwave in an upper cabinet beside the refrigerator. But that would have cut our upper cabinets in half, making them an awkward, unusable height. Instead, our designer suggested a drawer microwave, which took up less space, and worked seamlessly into the lower cabinet arrangement beside our stove.
In creating a mudroom and laundry, we wanted to add ample storage, as well as a lot of work surface (think: a clean, comfortable place to fold our mountainous laundry piles). We love this room, and let me tell you, there is nothing overrated about first floor laundry. Nada.
We continued the Frosty Carrina quartz countertops into the mudroom, and we have a stupefying amount of countertop space. We love every bit of it, and managing laundry has become a breeze. The room also has a tremendous amount of storage, which keeps us organized.
In the initial addition planning, we had envisioned the kitchen being much larger than the mudroom. But as we progressed, we decided to give the mudroom more space, opting for extra storage and entry space, and forgoing a little square footage in the kitchen. We love entering our home through an open, airy space with lots of room to store our seasonal garb.
Are you in the midst of planning a new kitchen space that includes a mudroom or laundry addition? If so, please tell me about it in the comments below.