Magnificent Mud Room in San Francisco

Mud Room ARTICLE IMAGEINSTUDIO provided Design Direction for a basement to attic remodel of a Victorian home adjacent to San Francisco’s Duboce Park. A young family of four needed their home to reflect their active lifestyle with the addition of modern conveniences. The homeowners wanted to retain the look of classical details that were original to the house when they bought it several years before the major remodel.

When expanding the garage to accept two cars the once unfinished dark lower level became part of the house that would be used every day. This was an ideal place for a mudroom with a long storage hallway used for sports equipment and seasonal items. With almost no natural light the finishes needed to be light but durable.

INSTUDIO was inspired by unseen rooms in old public buildings. Hallways, basements, janitor’s closets, cloak rooms, stairways and telephone booths were all given durable luxurious finishes and details. Wood or marble was used as wainscots or base moldings. Decorative polished brass was used as hardware, signage and fixtures. Marble or ceramic tile was installed in classic patterns and details.

The wife of the family is a Francophile who selected paneled doors and brass hardware reminiscent of her trips to France. The low ceilings received classical flush mount fixtures rather than contemporary recessed down lights. INSTUDIO Design Directors thought of combining a European sensibility with the utility of an old American public building to develop the design of the new mudroom.

INSTUDIO sourced practical large Italian porcelain tile which look exactly like marble. It was installed in a traditional herringbone pattern. Friends and neighbors seeing the mud room for the first time thought the new floors were marble. A long built in bench with drawers provided extra storage. A custom cushion for the bench looked like saddle stitched leather. A durable vinyl with the look and feel of leather was perfect for a hard working yet refined mudroom.

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