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Back hall or mudroom remodeling has become a very popular choice for homeowners because of the convenience and ease that can be created in a well appointed "catch-all" space. Some families are finding that lockers for backpacks and shoes and sports equipment make life a little easier. Others are finding that a dedicated space for pet care is useful. Still others like a bench, a washing station, and a series of hooks for hanging coats. In any case, a plain-jane hall space won't help with these tasks and can be made more useful with some thoughtful remodeling. Here are some remodeling ideas to help you think through the process from the easy to the complex.
Hooks and a bench. If you already have enough space in your back hall and mudroom, the easiest approach to "remodeling" is the simple addition of hooks and a sitting space. Hooks can be simply attached to a wall. If you're going to do it yourself, be sure to attach your hooks to studs in your walls to ensure that they can carry some weight. Do this by using a stud finder. This will also place your hooks about 16 inches apart, which is ideal for coats and backpacks. If you live in an apartment, you could attach a header board to your walls to create the stability you need for hooks, but with fewer invasions to your walls. The bench could be built in, or you can place a simple, movable version that you purchase. You may also want to go with a more complex but also more useful set-up: lockers with hooks, storage, and a sitting space for each individual member of the family. Hiring a carpenter is recommended for this task.
Pet care station. The bench, in the above scenario, could also be replaced with a pet care station. These too can be purchased for your pet's needs, or you might opt to have a custom version built from cabinetry. Stock cabinetry from home repair stores can be re-designed to make an excellent pet care station. Have a cat door cut into the door or side of a base cabinet and place the cat litter box inside the cabinet to cut down on litter mess. Or use the same treatment to hide away food dishes. Use the drawers of a base cabinet to store pet supplies like brushes or chew toys. The same hooks from above might be used to hang leashes or pet sweaters.
Moving walls or rethinking closets. If you don't have enough room in your back hall, you're going to need to create it. While this can be done with some innovative organization or rethinking of an unused space, you might need to consider truly remodeling your space. If you're thinking about moving walls, you'll want to hire a general contractor, such as from G & S Home Services, to assist with the process. He or she can tell you about any problems that might arise in the walls, such as pipes or electrical work, and help you find the right person to help with the job of moving those items should it be necessary. You'll want to be sure that you have the space, whether in a garage or nearby closet, and then design carefully for how much space is needed for your situation.Share