A mudroom designed by Donald Lococo, AIA, won Best of Class in the Specialty Room category.

Rustic Touch

Best of Class - Specialty Room

Rustic Touch When the owners of a bucolic property in McLean tapped architect Donald Lococo to design their new home, he took inspiration from an existing farm on the same site. The result is an American farmhouse-style abode that encompasses this gardening shed/mudroom, located off the kitchen.

Lococo conceived the room as a converted exterior space, equipped with clefted slate flooring, board-and-batten walls and a beadboard ceiling reminiscent of a porch. Beams are made of wood reclaimed from a barn on the property, and an exterior window completes the sense that it is an outside room with a view into the breakfast room.

To add interest to the space, the architect also included some modern elements: crisp, glossy white-painted walls, a gleaming white porcelain farmhouse sink with modern fixtures, and a set of French doors that conveys sophistication. An antique tanner’s bench houses the sink, above which reclaimed iron brackets and a reclaimed wood slab furnish shelving.

ARCHITECTURE & INTERIOR DESIGN: Donald Lococo, AIA, Donald Lococo Architects LLC, Washington, DC. CONTRACTOR: Block Builders, Bethesda, Maryland. PHOTOGRAPHY: John Cole.