In addition to the main front door having a flush inset door mat (see below), this probably also makes sense for the entrance to the boots & coats room





For general floor mats, these “eco mats” look good:

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Entrance / “boot room” tips

or “8 Ways to Keep Winter Gear From Mucking Up an Entryway“, from

Create open storage. “Good air circulation is critical with wet and snowy jackets,” says Jeff Murphy, president of Murphy & Co. Design. Open cubbies not only keep the air moving but make it easy to see a jacket or backpack quickly.

Stock up on baskets and bins. Use containers that slide neatly into divided shelves to keep hats and gloves dust free.

Don’t scrimp on hooks. Hooks are inexpensive.


Coats, shoes etc. room

The first post about this, was creating an area for coats, shoes etc.

I’ve put feedback on these ideas at the bottom of this post >>

The plans are evolving this to a room for coats, shoes etc.

It looks like this is called a Mudroom in the US.

Have a think of what else to add into this room:

  • A safe, as it’s where you might want to leave car keys, wallets etc ?
    • There could be an additional safe for passports, jewellery etc. elsewhere in the house.
  • Black board or other family notice board.
French Country - custom built mud room traditional entry

I like the cushion / lip, so that those who want to, can site down to put on shoes, boots etc.

kitchen eclectic kitchen

I like the lower shoes area is straight onto the floor and not a drawer. This should make it easier to clean /tidy.


cubbies and desk traditional hall
traditional hall design by
It’d be good to have a coats, shoes etc. area for the office.

Carpenter Gothic Mudroom traditional entry

Having multiple slots, means you can hang coats on the back and side walls of each “slot”. There could be a per person slot (well it could start like that).

ASID Showcase House traditional entry

Or everybody uses one shared space ?

Tudor Addition Mudroom traditional entry
2011 Showcase - Hillside Retreat modern hall

Does this one nail it. Thin walls to segment the spaces and give extra hanging hooks on the separators?

Mudroom Ideas: Locker Room

Baskets for up above, so it’s easy to pull down your basket of stuff. eg wool hats and beanie’s.

mudroom storage traditional entry

Get in multi tiers for shoes. But make sure there is also space for taller boots, wellies etc. too.


Farmhouse Revival traditional entry

Getting lots of shoe storage here.

Chez Larsson- Shoe cubbies

and here.


better flow - the mudroom / laundry room eclectic laundry room

May as well build storage right to the ceiling !

Mudroom  hall

Feedback on these ideas:

  • There is a danger of the ‘compartments’ being too school like. I prefer maybe 2 large ones, rather than lots of individual ones.
  • Yes to the wood panelling.
  • Should defo go up to the celing with top level shelf/ baskets
  • Keep it simple- maybe half of shoe space double height for wellies & other half 2 shelves
  • Like the sitting bench.

Utility room

  • In my view should also have hanging space for your washing- perhaps like our laundry at home, we have a hanging thing above the washing machines etc .

Portloe house visit

Today, Robert from ra-studio, took to visit a house in Portloe that he worked on before he set up his own practice.

Rob, post visit dropped this in an email to me:

I hope you found the trip over to Claire’s place useful yesterday – it’s sometimes good to experience spaces in a more physical sense / situation, and perhaps helps you to visualise how some of your spaces could feel. I think there are obvious parallels between Sea House and Silver Spray (connection / views / relationship with the sea), and seeing how it has been handled there, I hope was helpful for you.

Yes, well worth the visit. It was fantastic to meet such an obviously happy client (and her cool, crazy young dog, Zola).

Their project was serialised in the Telegraph:

So many things about the house, that I hope to include in Silver Spray. The feeling of space, the flow through the house, the views, the natural materials ……

The house looks over the village and was designed to fit into the slope. Without the red circle, it’d be a chunk less obvious !

You drive up the drive and see the studio on your left with the house a bit beyond.

The cladding on the studio is the same as on the house, but it hasn’t yet worn to the same more grey colour / tint.

The house has an amazing central “spine” so that as you walk up to the front door, you see through to the view.

Although the stone detail of the wall below the cladding looks stunning on this house, it’s not something I feel will work for Silver Spray. Except !!!!! maybe for the rear wall of the courtyard. Well something needs to go on that wall. Perhaps it’ll be a retaining wall held back by Gabions (steel cages of rocks). But a quick on-line search suggests the life of Gabions, which is down to the life of the steel holding them together is 50 to 60 years. I suspect less in Silver Spray site, so close to the sea. Damn, as they’d be great.

The slate flooring runs from around much of the house, straight into the house, where it’s apparently super easy to clean. The texture it gives was fantastic. The same slate was used for the external window sills.

Almost all of the windows are by Velfac, with thin profiles, nice colours etc.

This upstairs window has a piece of glass over the front to create a “Juliet Balcony”. Which will work great for the second bedroom.

I’m still not a fan of the idea of wooden decking. Here there was a mixture of slate and wooden decking.

Coat room to the left as you walk in 🙂

Lovely doors, floor and wooden stairs:

Nice detailing on this sliding door that can close over the entrance to the kitchen.

Wide, light floor boards. Interestingly, wooden floors upstairs. I was thinking carpet, but this did work well. OK they have light coloured tiles in the bathrooms upstairs. The bedrooms had good integrated storage.

The above white TV makes it less dominant on the room. Also a superb idea that it pushes against the wall, but is on an arm that can come out and so be viewed from the seating etc. This could be a great idea for in any bedrooms. Although I’m not planning TVs in the bedrooms, it’d be good to allow this future option.
Having a TV in the 2nd bedroom for guests could be a nice touch.

Pebbles in a gulley outside the door, to prevent splash up from rain onto the windows and also to drain away water flowing down the windows.

A photo from when the studio was being built:

The house has solar heating and solar electricity.

Coat hooks for the boot room

Spotted this great idea on

Fab idea, nice wooden, bulky, chunky bits of wood to hang coats, bags, hats etc. off in the cloakroom (or wherever ends up being the room for all that stuff as you come in and out.

I like that they aren’t all in the usual straight line.

  • The current plan is a utility room at the end of the spur. So ground level at the southern tip.