A Laundry List Of Must-Haves For Your Next Remodel
Once upon a time the laundry room occupied the dark, dank corner of the basement. However, with excitement, I say that today’s laundry rooms are becoming the command centers of the household and merit their own four walls—and why not? According to an article from This Old House, “Americans spend more time in the laundry room than in the bathroom, an average of eight hours a week, collectively doing some 35 billion loads of laundry a year.” So why not make this living space a place you want to be?
Think about it. Done right, this is where you care for your clothes, wash the dog, take rain gear and muddy shoes off to dry and store extra paper towels. Yes, the laundry room has finally come into its own and is now considered an essential room, integral to thoughtful, good home design and a room to be proud of. There’s a lot to consider here, and it may depend on whether you’re renovating the kitchen, the house or just the laundry room.
Before you make that laundry list of wishes for your makeover, here are some considerations for you to mull over. Function. It’s all the rage—and at the top of the list of must-haves! But function depends on many things. Get organized by carefully considering your lifestyle, activities and ways to simplify. Then you can begin to plan those customized specialty storage solutions for your multipurpose laundry room remodel. To help you get started, let’s take an in-depth look at a few laundry rooms I have designed with busy families in mind. Prepare to be inspired by these dreamy, functional spaces.
MAKE A STATEMENT
Now, this space makes a statement, and has much more to offer than just elbow-room. I am absolutely in love with the natural light streaming through the large windows. That bright, welcoming feeling is exactly what we all long for. Note, if you have windows in your multifunctional laundry space, treat them as a focal point—you will not regret it! The front load washer and dryer at base cabinet height allows the counter to run the length of the wall providing ample, convenient folding room. The long countertop run, also makes the must have utility sink even more handy for washing delicates or those muddy boots you wouldn’t want in the kitchen sink. The lowered cabinet and countertop height below the window works well for younger family members who are a huge fan of doing things just like mommy. Open cabinetry along the wall above the washer and dryer provides efficient, accessible storage at point of use, simplifying your amount of effort in getting things done. Don’t forget to include task lighting underneath these overhead cabinets to make work even easier. There is a delicate balance of positive and negative space in this design with open and closed cabinetry storage. When preparing for your own remodel, think about what you would like to be easily accessible; that’s what goes in the open storage. Versus what might not compliment the overall look of the space or what items aren’t used as frequently; that’s what goes in the closed storage. Finally, tons of drawer storage in this multipurpose room provides ergonomically friendly organization—major bonus!
BE FUNCTIONAL & STYLISH EVEN IF YOU DON’T HAVE MUCH ROOM
This little gem doesn’t take up much space, but it certainly does provide an amazing amount of storage and functionality. Plus it is both stylish and beautiful. This small remodel project took one family’s home to a new level with the clever use of space for their multipurpose laundry room. They were beyond excited about the concept and how I was able to provide them with an actual dedicated laundry area with such a tight footprint. Cabinetry was the answer to the customized storage needs they were looking for. The busy mom in this family wanted to have a place to store multiple laundry baskets when not in use. I used a void door wall cabinet with open shelving to tuck away the baskets. The hanging bar above provides space to air-dry delicates, and the lowered cabinet with countertop provides a convenient place for folding. Also, don’t exclude the extra hard working countertop space running across the top of the front-load washer dryer on the opposite side. The pedestals underneath the washer/dryer provide a little more storage, plus make it easier to transfer wet laundry into the waiting basket below. The tall utility cabinet with deep roll out trays hides this family’s obsession to purchase items in bulk. Now, let’s talk about the design aesthetics. I wanted the cabinetry to feel balanced left and right of the doorway to give them the look of custom furniture. To accomplish this, I took the cabinetry up to the ceiling and used paneling to create separate closed storage areas. I absolutely love when the cabinetry does all the talking, as it does in this space.
WHO SAYS THE LAUNDRY HAS TO BE NEXT TO THE KITCHEN?
Ever think of relocating the laundry room? This genius solution puts the washer/dryer in the hallway, close to the bedrooms and baths where most of the dirty laundry is generated. You are now within a few steps of putting away all of those clothes, sheets and towels. I have to tell you about these unique clients—they wanted a sleek design aesthetic with simplified detail. However, function was king on their priority list. Their busy lifestyle and career-focused schedules made it a must to relocate the laundry area to where it was more convenient. This cut down on the number of steps from the bedroom area to the other end of the home where the laundry was originally located. Expanding on this hallway closet to create a second story laundry room was the perfect solution. I used bookcase storage as the tall elements to anchor the space. This gave my clients open shelving for quick-grabs. I ran wall cabinetry between the two tall bookcase units, which created a perfect nook to frame around the front load washer and dryer. Plus, the closed cabinetry addressed their storage needs for cleaning supplies for the household. This laundry room certainly delivered on functionality and convenience, exactly what the clients wanted. In this particular design, the same cabinet finish was used throughout the home, providing a cohesive, high-end look. The low-profile sliding door adds to the efficiency and sleek feel.
HOW ABOUT AN EN-SUITE LAUNDRY?
Can you get any more convenient than this?
En-suite baths have been a must-have for a while, but en-suite dressing areas are gaining in popularity. These beautiful cabinets are used throughout the design, including the bath, creating a peaceful retreat. When I think about this client, I wonder if she ever leaves this room! This closet design with the added value of laundry accommodations is surreal! Okay—serious questions. Why would you ever leave? Why doesn’t every home have a space like this? And the stunning closet design opposite the laundry area—wow! I will save that level of detail for a separate blog article—so much to talk about there. #handsclap I love surprising clients with ideas centered around clever use of space, maximizing every square inch of their home, plus, packing the design full of their personality. With that, be inspired to design your dream laundry room accommodations anywhere it is convenient for your family and your lifestyle. Consider unique spaces within the home that might make sense. Let’s make great use of space with cabinetry the new norm. For your multipurpose laundry room goals think about the daily activity impact and how life can become more functional, efficient and pleasant. See your Waypoint Living Spaces dealer to turn those design dreams into a reality.
As lead Kitchen and Bath Designer for Waypoint Living Spaces®, my goal is to become a partner and support you in the creation of beautiful living spaces. As a busy mother of two, I have a true understanding and appreciation for a well-designed, functional space. That's why I'm here - to deliver expert support and content that makes your job easier. Together, let's achieve exactly what you have in mind!
Jennifer LeMarr, CKBD
Certified Kitchen and Bath Designer