Monday, January 30, 2017

Laundry Room

Alright. If I can pass on one piece of wisdom when designing a house, it would be this... make room for two sets of washers and dryers.

Yes, it is a game-changer! We designed for it and I am in love! We designed the house as a means to combine two households. We had a pair of washer/dryer Mom and Dad had a pair of washer/dryer. Both sets worked great, and we didn't feel like choosing which set to keep and trying to get rid of the unwanted set, so we designed a laundry room to accommodate both.

It made sense, as we are a large family and it was planned to become larger. Having two sets would help with the time required to wash all those clothes. But I would get two sets even if my family was only a family of four. We don't just wash clothes around here. You have towels, bedding, pet bedding, cloth furniture... all the non-clothes items.I can get all of our laundry done and it feels like it should have taken longer! It is amazing.

Laundry was not my favorite chore. Always time consuming and took place in a small closet-sized room. It was part of the reason I took attention to making the space fun for me so I would want to be in there. I wanted a fun color in my house and I was drawn to this turquoise color. I kept trying to find a spot to use it. Then I saw YoungHouseLove paint the ceiling of the office in their showhouse a fun color and that was it!

I didn't realize how similar my color palette turned out to be until I went to grab a picture from their site. Almost same ceiling color and a pink/white rug. I used to have a yellow rug in the laundry room, and the pink one was upstairs in Pfitzer's bathroom, but when we found out Baby Pfitzer was a boy, I switched the rugs out.

I wanted the walls to be white so that they blended with the cabinets and appliances. Plus, a white space feels clean.

I picked a black sink though. This sink has a washboard in it, perfect for a laundry room. We also wanted a sink that was deep to serve as a tub for dog-bathing in the winter. I realized through trials that I needed a sink in the laundry room. I was constantly using a bathroom sink to soak stained clothes until I could wash them, but there might have been a time or two when we had unexpected guests that those clothes were still in the sink.

I didn't do anything special with the counters in the laundry. They are a formica with a  little bit of a shimmer. It wasn't my first choice at all, but I worked with what the company had.

This winter I added a backsplash. I love it! I love it so much, that I am already planning time to add a backsplash on the other wall behind the washers and dryers.

And eventually we will add plantation shutters to the window. I kept that window open because it has the window on the interior wall that we used to get more natural light into that hall way, and I felt a window covering would block that light.

But the plantation shutters can have the bottom closed while the top is open, so we will most likely keep the top portion open at all times so we don't miss that light.

The laundry room door has a glass insert. The laundry room is on Mom's side of the house, and she was very adamant about it not being dark around here. The door has a glass film with a design on it. It muffles the view of the laundry room, but yet you can still see in there pretty good and the light comes through.

If guests get a tour of the house, the laundry room is what they remember. I think most are in shock to see two washers and dryers, but I can't say it enough... it's awesome!

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