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Behind the Scenes: Jamestown mudroom

A narrow corridor is pressed into service at the Net-Zero house

With winter boots, coats, and hats strewn all over the house at this time of year, many homeowners dream of an organized mudroom. Don and Dana Powers created one in their Jamestown Net-Zero house, using the same flat-panel, Shaker-style quartersawn oak cabinets that fill the kitchen—at least, the oak cabinets were the starting point.

They then customized to create cubbies, shelves, drawers, and hooks to optimize every square foot of the 9-by-14-foot space, turning a narrow corridor that runs from the back door to the powder room into a super-functional area.

Another plus: The mudroom is totally hidden from view once the family reaches the open-plan kitchen, just beyond the powder room. Attentive to function and aesthetics, the homeowners had a special look in mind for the mudroom.

While the kitchen cabinets were left in a natural cerused oak finish, they gave the mudroom cabinets a distinctive look with navy-blue paint. “We love the continuity and simplicity of using the same cabinets, but we wanted a few breakthroughs, too,” says Don Powers.