Laundry Room Makeover: The Plan

Before we talk about the laundry room, I have to let you in on a secret. Our house has a basement!

Ok, so that’s not a huge shocker. But you may have noticed that I did not mention it in the first post about our renovations. Thing is, we went almost a year in our house and only went down to the basement a handful of times (you could literally count them on one hand).

Although it is finished, it’s still a pretty creepy basement and anytime I do go down there, I’m looking over my shoulder and scrambling to find whatever I’m looking for so I can get out as quickly as possible.

So, why have we ignored an entire level of our house and wasted space for the last year?

Well, there was so much to do on the main floors that there was no way we could get to the basement right away. It just wasn’t a priority. And frankly, there were so many things we want to change that we didn’t know where to start.

We had no vision for the basement so, when we first moved in, we used it to store unpacked boxes. And beyond that, we forgotten about it.

Unfortunately, the laundry room is in the basement so living in denial is no longer an option. The washer and dryer we inherited when we bought the house were in rough shape, so we recycled them when we moved in and did laundry at my mom’s… until my mom sold her house.

Going to the laundromat with a one year old is…a challenge, but even that didn’t make us want to tackle the basement. That was, until, my mom gifted us a brand new washer and dryer for our one year house anniversary.

So now we begin our start-to-finish laundry room makeover!

I want to create a laundry room that is pretty but functional and, most importantly, not creepy. Something worthy of those gorgeous machines.

In order to make this happen, we have a bit of work to do starting with:

  • Modify plumbing for the sink (so that the sink cabinet can be flush with the front of the washer/dryer)
  • Relocate door frame (so that we can use a barn door and not have a door swinging into the room)
  • Move water heater (to make room for the sink cabinet)
  • Create utility closet (to hide the furnace and water heater)

And that’s all before we can start the pretty stuff!

Since we’re busy trying to finish the projects we started upstairs, we’re going to hire out some of the work. First, we’ll have a plumber relocate the water heater and modify the plumbing for the laundry sink. Then, we’ll have a contractor frame in the utility closet and move the door frame/make the new doorway barn door ready. Both of those jobs are beyond our DIY skills anyway, so we knew we’d have to spend some money here.

To give you an idea of where we’re starting, here are some photos of the laundry room as-is:

Told you it was creepy!

We’re hoping it won’t take us more than a month start-to-finish, but that might be a little ambitious since we’re still pretty much limited to weekends and random nights when we have the energy.

We also have family and friends visiting in July so we’re really trying to wrap up our other projects and at least get the main floor completely finished.

I’ll be back with an update this time next week to let you know how this first phase goes.

If you’re curious about the washer/dryer you can check them out here and here.

Also! If you have any advice on laundry remodels please, please, please leave it below. Plumbing always makes me nervous!


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