Look close to see why I pinned this otherwise common mud room design... the shoe/boot racks!! Three rods installed to place Your footwear on, so that the rain, mud, slush, snow... even beach sand! - can drip off and Your shoes can dry, BRILLIANT!!
Saving this pic for the idea of having a bench and being open below -- we can create a wall to the right when you come into the mudroom and the wall will have an opening to go into the butler's pantry. Need to draw it up.