GETTING THE MOST OUT OF A SMALL LAUNDRY ROOM - SHAKE FRONT PROJECT
As a semi-custom new build, the Shake Front Project was an unusual one for me. It was my first time ever working on a project that wasn’t completely custom. So with that it brought some challenges in having to stay pretty true to the original plan provided by the builder. Fortunately though, my clients wanted help with more than just choosing finish materials, so before the foundation was even poured I got started on drawing plans and elevations to improve on the function of the house, while customizing where possible.
One of the spaces where the layout changed dramatically was the laundry room. We started with moving the location of the door, and then from their I reconfigured the space to get the best and most efficeint use out of it.
LAUNDRY ROOM - ORIGINAL FLOOR PLAN
As you can see, the space is small but with some careful planning we were able to make the most out of it, in both in terms of function and style.
LAUNDRY ROOM WITH PROPOSED DOOR LOCATION CHANGE
Changing the location of the door made all the difference with being able to utilize the space the best way possible.
NEW AND IMPROVED LAUNDRY ROOM FLOOR PLAN
Are you ready for it? What a difference! A one wall laundry room with hardly any storage or other amenities now includes:
- a full wall of cabinets, in addition to those over the washer and dryer
- open shelves with full backsplash
- drying pole
- free floor space for hamper, or laundry basket
- open shelves for storage baskets
SINK WALL ELEVATION
WASHER & DRYER WALL ELEVATION
DESIGN BOARD - COLORS & MATERIALS
Besides improving on the function, we also packed it full of style. Here’s my design board showing the mix of painted cabinets with open shelves, butcher block counter, subway tile used for the full backsplash and school house pendants, just to name a few design highlights.
THE TAKE AWAY
- At the top of the list is a huge encouragement to involve an interior designer (sooner than later) on your project that is skilled at space planning, and I’m not just talking about where to place your furniture. What I’m referring to is interior architecture…the actual location of walls, rooms and how the rooms are configured with windows, plumbing, cabinetry…and yes, even doors leading into the spaces. A formally educated, skilled designer will bring tremendous value to your project, even for semi-custom homes.
- The location of a door leading into a space can make all the difference in how the space can be configured. If you're have troubles making a space work, consider the possibility of relocating the door.
- Just because a space is small, and utilitarian doesn’t mean that it can’t be stylish. I was ever so happy when my clients wanted to be sure that every room in their semi-custom new build was the best it could be!
- Need to try to save a little money here and there on your project? Typically square tiles are cheaper than rectangle tiles, so in an effort to keep cost down where we could, we opted to go with square floor tiles in a running bond pattern instead. I love how it turned out.
Thanks for following along!
PHOTO CREDIT: RACHEL ALLENE (first two construction photos) & JAYLENE CROSBY (last construction photo).