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Multipurpose Mudroom 

Published April 1, 2013 at 4:00 a.m. | Updated April 4, 2022 at 7:35 p.m.

Parents: Shawn and Randy Sweeney

Kids: Luke, 11, and Jacob, 13

Builder Shawn Sweeney understands the importance of having a mudroom. He lives on a dirt road in Shelburne with two active sons and a wife who's an avid gardener.

"The mudroom gets hit hard every day, no matter what season it is," he says.

He designed the space — between inside and out — that prevents all manner of dirt, mud, slush and snow from being tracked into the actual house. Form blends with function in this attractive room that features a vintage stained-glass window — a gift from the in-laws — a multicolored slate-tile floor and a reclaimed enameled laundry sink.

Best of all: It looks good even when it's muddy.

  • Each family member has his or her own cubby.
  • Shoes are stored under each of the cubby seats.
  • Upper shelves hold helmets and gear.
  • Brooms and a vacuum cleaner are tucked out of sight in a coat closet.
  • The sink gives the boys a place to wash their hands or soak muddy items.
  • A pane of glass mounted on the exterior of the stained-glass window keeps in the heat.
  • Slate flooring is extremely durable and helps hide dirt.

This article was originally published in Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT.

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