Maine architects love a good mudroom. Here at Whitten, we’ve even coined them the “hardest-working room in the house.” Mudrooms are put to the test during the coldest and wettest months of the year – when snow and rain gear and warm layers need a place to live. But during the hot summer months, when lake and ocean living is at its prime, we also need a place to store gear: sandy shoes, wet swimsuits and towels, paddleboards. Enter the Sand Room. We often design mudrooms that can transition into sand rooms to give the space multifunctionality. Typically, a sand room is located off of or adjacent to a waterfront porch — any place where people will be coming and going to the beach or lakefront. For these rooms we typically like to use wood-boarded walls and ceilings, granite or tile floors, and wood cabinetry and cubbies. Below we round up some of our favorite summer sand rooms.