Mudroom & Entryway Upgrades for Your Home

Guest Post by: Adriana Lopez - porch.com 

Style, Welcoming Ambience, Functionality: Entryway & Mudroom Upgrades for Your Home

In many homes, the entryways need to do double duty, providing a welcoming space to greet guests and to conveniently stow items like outerwear, shoes, and bookbags. If your home has these spaces, you may already be aware of how useful they can be. However, have you outfitted yours for their maximum benefits? These spaces brim with design potential. Whether you need more storage for household items or simply want to create a more attractive area to welcome guests, you can use the following information and tips to revamp your mudroom and entryways to suit your style and household needs. 

Mudroom of The Sarafine house plan 1403-D.
The Sarafine House Plan 1403-D

What’s the Difference between an Entryway and a Mudroom?

More formally known as a foyer or entrance hall, an entryway is a space that is separate from the home’s living space. As you may already know, this area is used for greeting guests, accepting deliveries, or putting on and taking off outerwear. While many homes today feature an entrance that leads directly into the living room or kitchen, more formal or traditional homes may have a small or large foyer. These spaces may feature a closet for coats and jackets or have room to accommodate large furnishings like coat armoires or long foyer tables. 


House Plan 1604 | Small Two-Story Design

The Calvin house plan 1604 is now available!

The Calvin is a modest, two-story design with a narrow width and a front entry garage. The kitchen enjoys an island and a built-in pantry while the dining room has two skylights overhead to brighten the space. French doors lead from the great room to a rear porch for outdoor relaxation. Dual closets and a thoughtful bathroom grace the master suite while a sun tunnel brings natural light to the hallway. An office, utility room, and secondary bathroom are conveniently located on the first floor. Upstairs, find two bedrooms and a bathroom, plus an optional bonus room and bath.

Front rendering of The Calvin house plan 1604.

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House Plan 1600 | Two-Story Modern Farmhouse

The McKenna house plan 1600 is now available!

At home on a narrow lot, the McKenna is an efficient two-story design with a front entry garage. The living spaces include an island kitchen, great room with fireplace, breakfast nook, and a dining room while a rear porch invites outdoor relaxation. Thoughtfully designed, the master suite offers access to the rear porch and a sun tunnel brings natural light to the corridor. Upstairs, find two large bedrooms with skylights and walk-in closets. An optional bathroom and bonus room provide expansion opportunities.

Front rendering of The McKenna house plan 1600.

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2021 Home Construction Trends

Guest Post by Monica Gibson

In terms of value, the construction industry is one of the leading sectors in the financial market. Like most sectors, construction was greatly affected in 2020 due to the advent of the COVID 19 pandemic. Still, a lot of new trends in construction have emerged amidst these turbulent times. Below are some of the eye-catching home construction trends that you need to look out for in 2021:

Master bathroom of The Charlton for 2021 home construction trends.

The Charlton House Plan 1322

Shower designs

Bathrooms are the most utilized rooms in your home and yet are often under-designed. In 2021, there is an ongoing revolution in bathroom and home design. One such trend is the open shower concept. This trend is instigated by the growing need for space in the bathroom. Open showers began as a necessity for homeowners with small bathrooms but have since become a popular trend in even the most luxurious bathrooms. To achieve the minimalist look, consider eliminating the bathtub and opting for a large, open shower instead. You may also want to consider upgrading your shower fixtures for a fresh new look.

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House Plan 1469 | Modern and Family-Friendly

The Fiona house plan 1469 is now available!

This modern cottage exudes charm and conceals spacious living behind a narrow facade. The simple exterior is adorned with board-and-batten, metal roof accents, and decorative gable brackets. Inside, an impressive five-bedroom layout is ideal for a large family with the master suite conveniently on the first floor. A thoughtful utility room with laundry sink, an island kitchen, and a screened porch with skylights enhances everyday living while a single dining room and cozy great room encourage family togetherness.

Front rendering of The Fiona house plan 1469.

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