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A High-End Mudroom

We have done work for them before. Their home is large and very well appointed. When you first enter the house from their garage, you pass through this small room before taking the stairs up to the main floor. The New England states have their share of rainy and snowy days so they wanted this to be a mudroom. It would have cabinetry to keep their hats & coats, gloves & boots AND they wanted this space to be every bit as rich looking as the rest of their home. They care about their place, have very good taste and I’d always found them a pleasure to work for.

As our previous projects had turned out well, they asked me to design everything from scratch. I elected to create wainscot to wrap the walls & climb the stairs… and to have it blend well with the built-ins.

Here is my sketch recommendations for the wainscot. It shows two panel configurations, an elevation profile and the detail of the ‘cap’.

 

Here’s a shot of the wainscot where a vent needed to be incorporated

 

 

This is the rendering for a closet to hang coats with baskets to store gloves, etc. and a seat to put on/remove shoes with a lift top for storage beneath. I wanted to use a ornate cast-iron bracket to act as a corbel for the cantilevered top section. Also notice how the lower section works with the wainscot.

 

 

And here it is after painting (although without the mirror & other wall hangings)

 

 

They decided that we’d need more shoe storage so we added this a third of the way into the project. Here is that sketch…

 

 

This is how the paneling looked climbing the stairs

 

 

Here is a wide angle shot to give you a better sense of the overall look / clicking on this shot will bring it to full size…

 

 

I’ve built larger projects and quite a few incorporating more detail but this is a favorite of mine. I really like how these built-ins work with the wall panels …as much as anything else I’ve had the pleasure of making.

Russell Hudson / Hudson Cabinetmaking, Inc.

 

How to Make a Family Room for the Whole Family

Our client’s family (two adults and three children) wanted a room in which all their different activities could take place. Their TV and stereo components, video games, the computer(s), the home’s business area, library shelving and additional storage (for all those small things that would clutter every surface if not put away)… were all incorporated into the plans for these built in cabinets… Our plan was to create a room that had a place for everything and look great at the same time.
Although they wanted built-ins that were richly appointed, they expressed their wish to maintain the appearance of ‘hand wrought’ craftsmanship. I knew they didn’t want ‘rustic’, but I felt that perfectly straight-grained, ‘select’ boards and veneers wouldn’t portray enough character for their tastes.
So… we decided use cherry but made sure to include some great looking imperfections, so you might get a sense of the actual trees from which this furniture was made.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve included my renderings so you can appreciate how our plans became realized.

 

where the children do their homework

 

 

 

 

 

 

her antique desk sits in front of this piece that has 5 hanging-file drawers

Although labor intensive, the right details make a world of difference.

full beading on vertical corners, side walls paneled

 

create a thicker counter top with a routed profile

 

We’ve done many built-ins that were difficult to get a good picture of…
…and there are some that just seem to be made for it.

 

click on this master shot for full screen / it's crystal clear, 4,368 pixels wide

With smart design, honest craftsmanship… and a great client… it’s hard to go wrong.

Russell Hudson / 4-12