Attaching a Mudroom to a Garage

Adding a mudroom to your house will give your family and guests a place to take off dirty boots, coats, and outer garments to avoid tracking mud into the living spaces. It is a must have in dusty, wet, or snowy climates. If you wish to add a mudroom to your house there are several considerations to factor into the design. There are many amenities and utilities you can add to the new mudroom but you are constrained by time, budget, and technical skill. Choose whether to convert existing garage space into a mudroom or build an entirely new addition. Frame the new walls and lay out plumbing and wiring. Hang drywall and roll out flooring material. Finish the room by furnishing it with racks, shelving, and storage space.

Location of Mudroom

If you already have a garage that opens into the house, consider framing out a short section of wall to convert part of the garage into a mudroom. Of course you lose some space for storing your tools and automobiles when you choose this option. If you do not have a garage already you can include a mudroom in the blueprints for new construction. Finally, you can cut new doorways at one corner of the garage and a nearby corner of the house. This option is least viable because of the extensive demolition. When building the new exterior walls you will have to use home wrap and vapor barriers. However, if you build the mudroom entirely within the existing garage, you don’t have to worry about the walls surviving adverse weather conditions. A light application of insulation inside the frame cavities will protect the inside of your house from the temperature difference.

Plumbing and Wiring

Consider the utilities you want to have available in your mudroom. Central floor drains and water supply hose bibs will make cleaning the space easier. You can add light fixtures or electrical outlets for lamps. If these features already exist in the garage you can incorporate them into your design. If not, you can add them yourself or contract the work out to licensed plumbers and electricians.

Building the Room

Frame the room using 2x4 or 2x6 wall studs. Connect the new wall to the existing wall using ledger boards at the end of the joists. Pack fiberglass or foam insulation into the cavities between the studs. If you are only hanging interior walls you can get away with hanging drywall on both sides. Decide how you will protect the drywall from dust and debris. Vinyl wallpaper or wooden wainscot will work, but require a greater investment. You could paint the wall in a high gloss finish, but it will need repainted every few years. For floors, the existing concrete is sufficient. Vinyl or linoleum laminates are slightly better. The best options are textured rubber flooring and ceramic or stone tile. Use vinyl footer strips instead of wooden baseboard.

Finishing the Room

Once you have the walls, floor, and ceiling finished, decorate the interior. Install a bench for seating and modular shelving and storage units. Add a coat rack and shoe rack to the new mudroom.