With the official big storm of the season in Lake Tahoe officially here, we thought we’d expanded on this very popular topic of the best architectural designs for mountain homes in Lake Tahoe and Truckee, – with even more tips about the best designs for Mud Rooms.

It’s interesting to see the trends in mountain homes design develop over the years; the focus on a home’s front entry is just as important as the functionality of the back of the home, and the Mud Room, in particular, that sits on the edge of the great outdoors.

Before we start to design any Mud Room, we take all the seasons into consideration – be it winter, spring, summer, or fall.  And most often the design ends up with recommendations that are far from the typical Mud Room of yesteryear.

Borelli Architect’s “Base Camp”( Mud Room) Designs

Most of the clients that we work with lead a very active lifestyle.  And as such, the Mud Rooms we design reflect the owner’s passions – and include all of the necessary space and features to elegantly and efficiently store all of their play toys.

Picture if you will a “Base Camp” – prepared for overly active families of all ages complete with the following ‘must-have’ features:

Wall to Wall Heated Tile Floors:  These function both as warming surfaces for stocking feet and a drying capacity for the lingering water that comes with the onslaught of ski gear in the winter and muddy shoes and such in the wrap-around seasons.

A Drop Zone:  From low-level kid cubbies to higher shelving for the adults, we always recommend plenty of these easy to reach locations for things that need to stay off the floor and easily stored.

 Cabinets that Hide the Goods:  There are many features that are essential to a Mud Room, but that doesn’t mean that common area has to look like a Utility Room.  At Borelli Architecture, we always remind our clients of the importance of tying the significance of the room into the style of the home; thus our recommendation to include plenty of cabinets and cupboards – that close – with some elegant doors and hardware.

Long, Comfortable, Benches.  No fabric needed or perhaps even wanted for these ‘must-haves’ that have a tendency to be used by those who have had a long wet ski day and can’t wait to take off the boots or muddy sneakers.  We like to build in long benches and always suggest a warm durable wood like Mahogany to add to the home’s own mountain charm.

Boot, Shoes and Clothing Drying Racks:  If you’re a skier, you’ve probably seen Boot Dryers the ski rental and sports shops.  Once pegs on a wall, yesterday’s hooks for boots, gloves, wet hats, and coats are now adorned with 24-hour air drying systems that are easily installed and always appreciated.

Ski, Golf, and Fishing Reel Racks:  Here in the High Sierra there are endless ways to enjoy a full lifestyle right out one’s backdoor.  In addition to the basics, we also like to design sport-specific racks for skis, golf bags and shoes, fishing rods and reels, bike helmets, and more.

And let’s not forget the Laundry Room.  A practical combination that we always suggest is to have the Mud Room right off of the Laundry and near the Garage as well.  All are victims of the high traffic that deserve a design of their own.

A Place for Everything and Everything in Its Place

Whether you plan to build or remodel a home in the mountains or are seek a sandy sea-side retreat, call us at Borelli Architecture first.  We welcome every opportunity to spend some quality time with you to design a home that is as personal as it is practical for generations to come.

Here’s to a white and wonderful winter ahead!

Borelli Architecture
Lake Tahoe / Truckee


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