Mudroom Under Roof

Continuing with the mudroom build – all the while you know there’s tantalizing drama with the sunroom foundation.

I’m building this little room pretty much on my own – and I must say designing such a narrow room was a dilemma – and to top it off I’m doing it without a plan or even a shred of forethought in how this thing should look when it’s done. Oh, well – we’ll just doodle as we go. It’ll work out – or at least that’s what I tell my wife Francia.

I decided to do all the rakes and eve gutter boards with Azek trim. I checked out every brand and I think this is the best quality pvc trim out there. This is the stuff I used around the shower, and it looks just like wood when painted.

Here I’ve added some sill flashing over the slab foundation. The bottom plate for the walls need to be pressure treated when they come in contact with concrete. I used kiln dry pressure treated. It’s straight and dry – it’s worth the extra money to use this over the ‘wet’ pressure treated lumber from the box stores. The plates were held back from the edge of the slab foundation so that the 1/2″ CDX plywood sheathing will fit flush to the slab.

Here is the beginning of the sheathing – one way to make this narrow room look bigger is to put a lot of windows in there! This top one will be a 2 foot octagonal window. I’ll have a stained glass piece made for this later – way later.

Here’s an inside view. You can see I love making the walls with lots of framing elements. Don’t I have anything better to do? This stuff gets covered up, but I (and you) will know it’s there. At the top of the photo you can see the outriggers that hold the fly rafters notched in the roof trusses. I’ll make this a vaulted ceiling to give this space some volume.

This is looking from the kitchen. To the right of the ladder was the original exterior wall. What’s that shower door doing there? Oh, I was tearing up the upstairs bath for a future remodel. How unusual.

Here’s the interior with sheathing and housewrap on. Kinda cozy, don’t you think? So you can see the design. Vaulted ceiling, four windows and eventually a full glass door. After making lots of design changes, I settled on walls that were 10’2″ to the plates, the center of the ceiling about 12′. With walls only 7′ across I’d say that qualifies this room as a tall skinny boy.

Looking back into the kitchen from the mudroom. You can see the original opening for the back door, the now-removed landing and the steps (a place for my Diet Coke cans) that went up to the kitchen. Also the pantry door that has no pantry behind.

Here’s my attempt at dramatic photography. Now that I have removed the stair landing to the basement, it’s a little precarious working overhead.

Now the little pantry-less pantry door is gone, exposing the back of the shower. That green rectangle in the upper left hand is the extended closet storage that goes all the way into the bathroom. I think that space will hold like a thousand rolls of toilet paper.

And here’s why we did this little room in the first place. You can see on the wall where the stair with landing was, and now we have the room to make a normal, comfortable staircase to the basement.

But it’ll be a while before that happens.

Remember I just destroyed the upstairs bath.

Stay with me, it’s gonna be a bumpy (and long) ride.


19 thoughts on “Mudroom Under Roof

    • Thanks so much for looking. You guys are quite entertaining! Watching your every move and appreciate your honesty in renovation miss-steps. Keep up the good work – and read directions 🙂

  1. Dude!! You are a MACHINE.
    And? I NEVER say dude. Or tell people they resemble machinery. But that is what popped into my head, watching you plow through this.

    Vaulted ceiling and lots of windows will make that room seem twice as big. Your wife is going to LOVE doing laundry now. She will love it even MORE—if you do it for her!!

    • Victoria – you’re so funny! I’ll wear that ‘Dude’ badge with pride. It’s pretty messed up over at the reno house right now. Every room except one is just destroyed. And now it’s time to strip off the siding – the HVAC guys will be there at 9:00 to start pulling the old furnaces…plowing through is about right. Oh, and I didn’t mention it on your blog, but Happy Anniversary!

  2. OMG, I just discovered your blog right on time! Love following renovations, as we have renovated two early 1900s houses. Working on our basement now. And by day, I am an antiques dealer and shop owner. Will check out some of your previous projects.
    Cheers from DC,

    • Wow, now this is quite the compliment! – having a top notch designer like you stop in! Love, love, love Tone on Tone. Can you say Gustavian? I’m going to try and noodle a couple of Swedish chandeliers somewhere in this house. You have impeccable taste, Loi – and I covet so many of the antiques you showcase on your website. Thanks again and I’ll be watching your latest designs on your blog.

    • The secret is using construction screws to put it together. You have no idea of how many times I’ve had to take something apart and redo. Thanks for stopping by. Your blog is great by the way.

    • Kieth – it’s you that has that prose thing going on. Man, what a neat blog you have! Really well done. Wish you had more details on your rehab – rehab in Cleveland.

  3. Love your blog. My husband and I love to watch DIY shows and he decided to make an offer on the home featured in “The Project” this spring so he made a low ball offer that was accepted so he said “I guess we are remodeling a home instead of watching them being remodeled.”

    Our project had basemnt steps that were steep and narrow like yours. When we decided to remove the steps and change their location I was doing demo on the old steps and found a doorbell on the bottom of one of the steps. If you were in the basement and someone came in the house and left the exterior door open you were trapped in the basement or if you were outside and someone went into the basement and left the basement door open you were locked out of the house.

    My guess is that someone spent a long unintended period of time in the basement…hence the doorbell down there. Yes…it did work! Jeanne

    • Cute story Jeanne –
      It is something to ponder why things were built a certain way. I guess they’ll say the same things about us one day. At least they were clever enough to come up with a solution.
      Your project looks great – renos are so challenging, but so worth it! Thanks for stopping by – I’ll be watching your progress.

  4. I’m so glad you noticed our blog because it brought you to mine and I am sure you can tell by now I need all the inspiration I can get with my new (old) house. Thanks again and looking forward to seeing your progress.

    – Amanda

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