by Melissa Kennedy
In America, most of us enter our homes through our attached garages. The glamorous “front door” entry is typically used by the more formal guests that visit for a dinner party or a special occasion. Thus, the most used entry becomes one that typically is overcrowded and has little organization because it is a cramped space – think of Santa Claus and his suit buttons bursting at the seams! The mudroom is typically a space with very poor lighting and very little (if any) natural light. In most homes, mudrooms seem more of an afterthought, a means to enter the home solely for utility. As I have designed residences for the past seven years, I have been enlightened by the use of natural light to allow these mudroom spaces to “grow” without adding any square footage at all. Adding windows to mudrooms or doors with full-lite glass allows mudrooms to feel and appear more open. Transparent glass allows our line of sight to be continuous and not be limited by the exterior walls, letting the spaces “breathe” and feel larger than they actually are. Sometimes a simple change can make a huge difference and open the space up to some beautiful, previously unseen, views!