Doing Laundry Doesn’t Have to be Boring
We know, we know. Laundry is such a chore! The dirty clothes pile up, you throw them in the washer, then the dryer. And most of the time, the pile of clean laundry sits in the laundry room for a day or more, until you throw it all on your bed to be folded. If something needs ironed, you have to pull out your ironing board, set it up in the living room, iron those shirts, then hang it all up.
What if doing laundry could be just a little bit easier, and a little less boring? Well, it all starts with a great laundry room that’s organized, looks nice, and maximizes space. If you’re thinking of building a new home, we’ve put together a guide to the help you design the ultimate laundry room, so you can be sure your new abode includes a laundry room that makes life just a little sweeter.
Is It Worth Spending Extra Money on a Great Laundry Room?
If you’re in the market to build a new custom home in the Evansville, Indiana area, Modern Structure has the expertise to help you design the most functional spaces. One of the first things we do when we meet with customers is to discuss your needs, your lifestyle, and your budget for a new house.
A question we hear often, is: “Is it worth spending extra money on an upgraded laundry room?” The answer, is “Yes!” A laundry room that is thoughtfully designed and in close proximity to the right spaces can increase your productivity, your storage space, and potentially the value of your home! It’s totally possible to get a laundry room that is just as beautiful as it is efficient.
How Large Should a Laundry Room Be?
First things first: how much space should you dedicate to your laundry room? While there really is no right or wrong answer, we recommend reservering a minimum of 49-50 square feet so you have room for your washer and dryer, storage space, and space to fold clothes. During the laundry room design process, be sure to also account for a growing family or guests.
Don’t worry! We know that it’s not always possible to have a laundry room that large. The home design team at Modern Structure can help you make the most out of any size space.
Where is the Best Place to Put a Laundry Room?
Overall, the best place to put a laundry room is in close proximity to the bedrooms. This will keep you from having to cart laundry all over the house. If your laundry room is further from the bedrooms or on a different floor than most bedrooms, you’ll find that dirty laundry will accumulate.
Today, connecting the laundry room to the master closet is on trend! Having the ability to throw clothes directly into the washer before a shower, or before bed is very convenient and honestly just makes sense!
Upgraded Laundry Room Must-Haves
Once you’ve decided on your overall house budget, and you know where you want to put your laundry room, it’s time to design the space! Below is a list of ultimate laundry must-haves to help make a boring chore an easy one.
- Room to store dirty clothes/clothes hamper For a more organized look, keep space in your laundry room for a dirty clothes hamper. This way, dirty clothes don’t have to pile up on the floor.
- Counter space for folding clothes There’s nothing worse than dragging your clean clothes to another room to fold them. By including counter space inside the laundry room, you can cut a step out of the process.
- Rods to hang clothes Some clothes need to hang dry, or hang to prevent wrinkles. Add a simple clothesline or rod in between cabinets or over your washing machine to give you extra space for hanging.
- Deep utility sink A deep multi-purpose sink is a must! Deep sinks are perfect for pretreating clothes, rinsing mud off shoes, or even washing the dog…..a small dog! If you have a big dog, we build you a custom dog washing station…. we’ve built them!
- Cabinets to store detergent, fabric softener, bleach Reduce clutter in your laundry room with beautiful cabinets to store your laundry supplies. There’s no need to leave those bulky bottles out in plain view.
- Cabinets to store bulk items Hang extra cabinets to store the items you buy in bulk like toilet paper, paper towels, tissues, clean products, and etc.
- Good ventilation The laundry room is considered a “wet room”. In addition to the wet clothes, your washer and dryer put a lot of moisture into the air. By including proper ventilation, your laundry room will stay comfortably dry, and mold won’t have a chance to grow.
Contact an Evansville Custom Home Builder
Starting the homebuilding process is an exciting endeavor that requires careful consideration and planning. Choosing the right custom home builder is a crucial step turning your vision into reality. At Modern Structure, we prioritize transparency and communication throughout the entire design and building process. We’d love to talk with you about building a custom home!
Contact us today. Building consultations are always free!