Before we moved from NY to KS, in anticipation of buying a house, Design Mom and I had frequent conversations about the perfect floor plan. After living in numerous apts/houses (I think most of us have), I have learned what I like and dislike in a house. The problem is that I am drawn to older homes which often don’t have some of the easy-living amenities that I would love. So the question is, do I get a house with a lot of character and only a few amenities, or find a brand-spanking new house with not much character but lots of modern conveniences?

One of the things I feel I must have is a good mudroom.




It would be so great to have a good big space where we all enter the house (whether it be through the front door or the garage) to drop off all of our piles of stuff — especially after school. I have never lived in a place that has sufficient storage in a convenient place for shoes, b
ackpacks, hats, gloves, umbrellas, etc. In my ideal mudroom, each person would have their own spot at their own height to unload their belongings and each item would have its own place. I’m getting giddy just thinking about it! I like some of these good-looking storage options.


I love the idea of lockers. These are from Sundance Catalog and look fabulous.


There are a variety of lockers found on ebay, as well. You can find these red ones here.


These cubbies, also from Sundance, would provide some good storage possibilities for extra hats and gloves, or even sports equipment.


I think these metal storage baskets from Land of Nod are really fantastic.

I would also love to have a computer/calendar station in the kitchen and a laundry room right next to the bedrooms. The funny thing is, we’ve just found a house that we may decide to buy and it has neither of
these. But it does have a good mudroom possibility, hardwood floors (which is a must — carpet spells
disaster in our household), and a lot of character.

What would you include in your perfect floor plan? (I would sure love the ideas!)