There is no reason a utility room can?t be as beautiful as any other room in the house. This pantry/mudroom, which connects the home?s living room to both kitchen and screened porch, has the same floors, cabinetry, and windows are the kitchen.
Next to the kitchen is a "garden room" that extends the kitchen's functionality and serves myriad of purposes. The deep farmhouse sink makes this an ideal spot for pruning and arranging flowers.
This workroom/potting room at the rear of the garage has a narrow sink with double faucets set into a poured concrete counter , which was stained green and given a rock-face edge. A small fridge doubles as a cooler for cut flowers. Painted tongue-and-groove paneling makes the space feel fresh and tidy but also resists mildew.
In this combination laundry and potting room, a swiveling cabinet door is hung with hooks for organizing hand tools.
A potting room can be as simple as a small shed or corner of the garage, as this one is, as long as there's a nearby water source. The most important feature is a counter at a comfortable height for performing the otherwise back-breaking task.
This mudroom serves as a flower arranging workroom. The owner added decorative legs to the extra-large sink, which is often filled with freshly cut blooms for the yard.
Even this small kitchen can double as a garden room. With all of necessities at hand (water, pruning shears, and a vase) beautiful arrangements are just moments away.
This antique sink may have originally come from a laboratory. So heavy it took four men to carry it, the owner has placed it on a solid slate counter with steel supports. This deep basin is large enough for flowers and dishes.
Partially adapted from Design Idea Book, Oxmoor House 2007
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