We are finally getting around to creating a mudroom in our basement. Our basement is a walkout since our house is built into a hill. We have had this terrible utility room in the basement where the actual entry door to the basement is located. We like to use this entrance in the winter since it helps us with snow management....so to speak. Anyway, it is basically a blank slate and our 'reno' guy is coming in two days to start the work. I need help in deciding how to design the space.
Basically I need lots of shelves, coat racks, more shelves, bench for sitting on etc. I am putting in double french pocket doors in the wall leading from the new mudroom into the future TV and hangout room. The utility room turn mudroom is 15 feet long and only 9 feet wide. I also have to deal with closing in the hotwater tank and the tank for our well water.(closet) I thought about creating a long closet on the far wall you see when you enter the space. Since it is 9 feet wide I had thought about dividing it into three closets, each 3 feet wide with the middle closet being a double coat rack (upper and lower) and the two side closet being shelving. The problem is that if I close in the tanks on the right hand wall when you come into the space then I will end up with an awkward space after the tank and before the wall of closet/shelving. Since there is so much wiring and plumbing in the ceiling I figure I have to go with a drop ceiling.
Any suggestions for how I can maximize my space. I have already dealt with the issue of ski storage... we are going to attach a very large PVC pipe under our deck so that we can slide our skis and snowboards in there and lock them up outdoors. So really it is now down to snowboots, coats, camping gear etc.
I included photos so you can see how the room looks. The first one is when you enter and then it follow the room from right to left. The big hole in the wall is where the pocket french doors are going.