Having a special room just for doing laundry makes an everyday task more enjoyable and more efficient too. Extra storage, laundry sinks, and the latest in energy-efficient and/or smart appliances are just some of the elements to consider for your new laundry room addition or remodeling project.
Laundry rooms have come a long way since they were tucked away in dark corners or unfinished spaces in the garage. They’re becoming attractive functional rooms that make doing laundry more pleasant and convenient. More convenience makes your life easier. With a laundry room that is set up properly you can get that chore done faster and easier. Imagine getting all your chores done faster so you can get on to doing things that are more fun!
A beautiful laundry room can also add to your home’s resale appeal and overall value, too.
Laundry Room Addition Items
Depending on whether you’re doing a laundry room remodel or a new laundry room addition, here are some items to consider that you may need.
Paint, trim, other finishing touches
Washer and Dryer Hookup Installation
If you are rearranging your laundry room then moving the washer and dryer hookups is a requirement. These hook ups include, hot and cold water lines, drain lines, electricity (110v for gas, or 220v for electric dryer), and the dryer vent. Also factor in costs of installation unless you are building a new room and plan on installing your appliances yourself.
Cabinets and Storage
What new laundry room addition is complete without lots of handy storage? Seriously, storage is so important. You want a clean look with laundry soaps and items neatly put away out of sight. Another fun storage option is creating two bins: One for clean laundry and another for soiled. That way you won’t have piles all over the floor or cluttering the countertops.
Multi-purpose laundry rooms can span larger in order to accommodate a utility sink, ironing board, and garment steamer, basket bin storage rack, and other laundry accommodations.
Back in the old days people had portable drying racks and clothes lines of air dying. Nowadays clothes lines are still a thing! So are folding drying racks, especially the wall mount type. These racks fold neatly against the wall for convenient out of the way storage when not in use.
In Wall Ironing Board
Rather than using a space-consuming free-standing board, you can have your ironing board inside a built-in wall cabinet. Open the door, fold down the ironing board, and when you’re done fold it back up and close the door. Super clean and easy!
We can install electrical outlets into the small ironing board closet too. Since most irons come with a short cord then having an outlet nearby is very handy. And, as space permits, perhaps we can add a little storage space inside the cabinet for the iron and other ironing related items.
Countertops and Backsplash
If we are installing low level storage cabinets then countertops may be in order. Obviously countertops are great for sorting, folding, and ironing. The price will vary depending on your choice of material. Slate, limestone, marble, and Corian are popular upscale choices. However laminate and ceramic tile are also great lower cost choices too.
Adding a backsplash to the wall just over the countertop is always a stylish touch. And it’s useful too by keeping cleaning chemicals off the walls.
Utility Sink Installation
While some people only have a washer and dryer in their laundry room, others enjoy the convenient luxury of a utility laundry sink. Something deep and big so you can pre-rinse, pre-treat, or soak to your heart’s content.
Upstairs Laundry Room Addition
Generally most laundry rooms are downstairs. However due to certain circumstances you might want or need yours upstairs.
If you want to move your laundry room upstairs, expect to spend a little more on that depending on the room size and materials. A plumber will need to extend the copper pipes, install faucets, and add a longer drain line to hook up your appliances.
Closet Laundry Room
Converting a closet to a laundry room is a possibility if you are tight on space. In addition to new washer dryer hookups, you will also need to install outlets and proper lighting. You might even be able to fit in a little bit of storage above the appliances.
How much space does a washer and dryer need? An average side-by-side washer and dryer set requires 4’x5’ of floor space. If you have a washer and dryer that stack upwards as one unit, then you will need 4’x3’ area to install them. These units are over 6 feet tall, so overhead shelves and cabinets might not fit unless the ceiling is high or we build upwards into attic space.
DIY vs. Hiring a Contractor
Adding a new laundry room or remodeling one is a major task. It requires the knowledge and experience of a general contractor. And also plumbing, electrical work, flooring, and drywall, to name a few other professional services. For that reason, it’s wise to outsource your new laundry room addition to a contractor near you who can confidently direct all aspects of a large-scale project.