Laundry Room Renovation

2017 is going by like a flash and I'm sorry for the delay between posts. But don't worry, things have still be going on here behind the scenes. Next up, a laundry room overhaul. This laundry room is very small but as it also serves as a mudroom so it needs to work very hard. When the house was built, this was just the mudroom and entry in from the garage but the previous owners moved the laundry up from the basement and squeezed it into this space. It is a tight space to photograph but here is a shot that gives you a good idea of the layout.

A lot going on in a small space.

A lot going on in a small space.

As you can see it is a short galley arrangement with the laundry tub and washing machine to the left and a broom closet and dryer to the right. Above the dryer are some hooks for bags and a shelf that currently stores a basket of hats and mitts and small kitchen appliances. Some extra storage was squeezed in with upper cabinets over the sink and the washer. The door at the end goes to the garage and there is a side door to the right of the dryer.

Wishlist for the new space:

  • recessed water supply so that the washer can sit more flush with the wall
  • move the laundry tub back to the original laundry space in the basement
  • Increase storage space so that more overflow from the kitchen can be stored here
  • storage to have doors so that everything can be hidden
  • add a small bench or chair

Decisions that have been made for the space:

  • a new stacking laundry pair has been purchased. This will allow us to put the machines together and to free up more space for storage
  • closet and dryer space will be combined and new custom cabinets to be installed
  • broom closet and cabinets to be built around the stacking laundry pair

Here are some drawings for the new layout. Thank you to Olympia Cabinets for these great drawings!

New layout will allow for much more storage and efficient use of space.

New layout will allow for much more storage and efficient use of space.

Bulit-in laundry pair with cabinets above for cleaning supplies and broom closet beside large enough to fit the vacuum.

Bulit-in laundry pair with cabinets above for cleaning supplies and broom closet beside large enough to fit the vacuum.

New built-in pantry with 4 roll-outs in each cabinet and smaller cabinets on top.

New built-in pantry with 4 roll-outs in each cabinet and smaller cabinets on top.

So that's the start. All of the work should be complete by the end of April. For my next post we will talk about laundry machines and the different options that are out there. Let me know in the comments what you think of the new layout. Do you like main floor laundry or do you prefer it to be out of sight in the basement?