Why the old-fashioned vestibule is worth considering
Thursday, April 21, 2022
This classic entry room, sometimes called a mudroom, offers energy-saving and other comfort-inducing perks.
Create a place to pause
Beyond the practical concerns of stabilizing a home’s temperature, the vestibule eases the transition from public to private life. If you’ve ever walked into a home whose front door lands you smack in the middle of the living room, you can probably understand the appeal of bridging the indoor-outdoor gap. A vestibule gives you an extra moment to adjust to the indoor temperature while allowing you to pause and collect yourself before greeting the household.
Combining exterior materials like outdoor siding with indoor materials like a finished ceiling and wood flooring reinforces the in-betweenness of the space.
Merge indoor and outdoor materials
“A patio even covered with a trellis doesn’t provide the same protection from the elements” as a vestibule, says Jace Levinson, principal at Jace Architecture. “Sure, it costs more. But at the same time, you’re adding square footage to your home that can increase its value.”
In this vestibule in Calgary, Canada, we see another strategy for blurring the line between indoors and outdoors: The interior doorway’s windowpanes mirror those on the front door. The net effect serves to elongate the transition while preserving sightlines.
Consider pocket doors
The tile floor here also provides an ideal surface for stamping off muddy boots and bridging the interior and exterior realms.
Make peace with your property
Pull it all together
Take it out back
Levinson designed this contemporary mudroom for a San Francisco home. “While some people may associate a mudroom or vestibule with more traditional homes, they add the same benefits to a contemporary home and can be every bit as stylish,” he says.
A vestibule is a luxury that not every home or budget can pull off. If all you can spare is a little platform inside the front door, a single step can go a long way toward defining the entry space — even if it’s not a true vestibule with two sets of doors.
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This article first appeared on Houzz on January 23, 2017.
Jess McBride | Houzz contributor
Custom decorating professional with a lifelong passion for color, pattern, and texture of every "stripe."