There are a lot of decisions to make when building a new home. From kitchens and bathrooms to lighting and flow, the design of your new home is important. That is why it is vital to take the time to think about the placement of your laundry room.
Who cares where we put the laundry area, you may be saying to yourself right now. Trust us — you will care when you are struggling to carry heavy loads of clothes up and down multiple flights of stairs or feel cramped in a closet shoved in the hallway.
Important Things to Consider When Finding a Spot for Your Laundry Room
When it comes to finding the best spot to handle those laundry chores, ask yourself these important questions:
- How much laundry does our household require? If you are single or a couple, then placing the laundry area in a small little out of the way corner of the house or condo may be fine. However, if you have six kids and spend half of your day balancing laundry and other household tasks, then you will likely want this important room to be near the hub of the household.
- What kind of laundry do we do? This may sound like a silly question, but consider this — if you have children who play outside or you have sportsmen in the house who come in grimy and dirty, you may want to consider placing the laundry room near an entry point or in a mudroom to keep dirty clothes contained. Nothing is worse than carrying muddy or dripping clothes through your house and up the stairs to get to a second story laundry area.
- What is your budget? The amount of money you have to spend on the project may limit your placement choices — or it could allow you to create a laundry area anywhere you want! Remember, laundry rooms need ventilation to the outside and plumbing, plus gas lines and special electrical outlets. Talk to your professional contractor at Hannah Custom Homes & Remodeling to figure out how much these specialty costs will be when designing your new space.
More Choices Than You May Realize
It’s time to create the laundry room of your dreams! But where should you put it? Here are some suggestions from the builders at Hannah Custom Homes:
- Near (or in) the Kitchen. The hub of the home, placing your laundry near the hotspot offers busy families easy access, which can make keeping on top of this chore easier. But for some, having the laundry near this gathering place can feel chaotic and messy.
- Mudroom. If your family has a lot of stinky sports clothing to wash, then designing a laundry space near an exit is a great idea. But be sure to create a larger room that can accommodate multitasking or you may feel cramped.
- An Upstairs Closet. If you live in a smaller condo or townhome, adding the laundry to a hallway closet is a great way to utilize space. Ask your designer for tips on making the space as easy to use as possible.
- Bathroom. While adding laundry to your master bath may make the job easier to manage, it can also become a hassle when trying to use the facilities. Some homeowners, however, have found that putting the laundry room in a guest bath solves this problem and offers the kind of space needed on a daily basis without infringing on the family
- Garage. For some, the garage can be the perfect place to add a laundry room. Keep in mind though, that it is usually not temperature controlled, can be a bit messy, and may not offer easy access.
- Basement. If you are designing your basement, this may be a good time to consider adding a laundry room there. Out of the way and easy to install, basement laundry can be perfect. One thing to consider though is how well you can handle transporting laundry to and from the area.
Get Professional Help!
Ready to start designing your perfect laundry room? Let the experts at Hannah Custom Homes & Remodeling help. We are dedicated to making your dream house come true. Call us at Hannah Custom Homes & Remodeling today!