Hands down one of the most functional renovations we ever did was converting our 1950’s cape breezeway to a working mudroom. For years we lived with an attached breezeway that connected our garage to our kitchen that was cold, lacked storage, and had no function. We decided this was such vital space in our small home and could help us organize and store our many shoes and coats that had piled up inside our back door entry.
My husband gut the entire space including the dropped ceiling to expose vaulted ceilings and help the room feel bigger. He removed all the windows and replaced them with French doors. Removing the windows allowed for more wall space for builtin storage.
He built three cubbies and a closet to hide extra shoes and coats that we weren’t currently wearing. Baskets on top hide hats, gloves and scarves. (One of the top shelves also holds our audio equipment for our outdoor movie setup).
To keep the space warm in the winter, he added in a duct from the house and also a flat plugin electrical heater on the wall.
Living in the northeast, this mudroom has been a complete blessing! Snow pants, muddy wet boots and sports equipment now have a place all their own.