The laundry; more than any other room, it’s the workhorse of any home. Often, it’s a room that’s given the slightest space and the least attention when planning a new home.
What the perfect laundry means is different to each household, but one thing in common it has to be functional and fuss-free. Here, we share tips for creating a practical and smart laundry.
Be sure to include the laundry as part of the bigger picture of your home’s design, so there is consistency and flow. If you want to get adventurous and do something bold, make sure it complements the rest of the home’s style and colour palette.
Not all laundries are created equally. Enter any home, and the laundry’s location differs. In building designs, the laundry is commonly positioned close to the outside drying zone and clothesline. But, when considering functionality, the position should be based on how you live. Do you want the laundry near the kitchen where you won’t forget that load that is running; or in the bedrooms zone where it’s easy to grab the kid’s dirty washing and bedding. BGC Residential’s home designs have thought of this and have a range of layouts to suit your individual needs.
If only this was as simple as choosing a front or top loading washing machine. Appliance selection should be undertaken early in the design phase as it will determine the layout of the space. Will the washer and dryer be positioned side by side, stacked or is a space-saving combo unit your instrument of choice? If there’s room in the budget, you may want to consider integrating the appliances into the cabinetry for an ultimate high-end finish.
Check the home design specifications to determine whether the laundry benchtop is constructed of stone or laminate. Don’t assume because the kitchen and bathroom may have a stone upgrade that the laundry does too. A stone benchtop not only adds luxe, but they are also more durable and perfect for this hard-working zone. To upsize your bench space and create a streamlined look, consider extending the benchtop to the end of the wall and over the appliances. This, of course, is only viable if your washer is front loading.
When building, the base price is usually limited to under-bench cupboards for storing the essentials. However, the laundry can be maximised to create significantly more storage. For a seamless, clean look, build in overhead and tall cabinetry with doors. Otherwise, open shelves are a cost-effective way of creating additional storage while also providing a niche for stylising with greenery, baskets or folded towels. And, don’t forget to conceal your laundry hamper by building it into the joinery. While cabinetry comes at an additional cost, in the scheme of things, it may only be a small price to pay for that valuable extra storage.
When the rain sets in, hanging space to air dry a single item or delicate pieces that can’t go in the dryer, is priceless. If you’re building overhead cupboards or shelving, you can add a hanging rod or alternatively have an unobtrusive bespoke piece constructed and affixed to the wall, and pulled down when you need it.
Mudrooms are fast becoming the must-have trend in new home designs, but in the southwest, they are becoming essential. BGC Residential has several home designs where the laundry sits alongside the garage’s internal entry, making it perfect for extending the space to incorporate a mudroom for school bag drops, muddy shoes and wet coats.
There are many design and space-saving ideas for the laundry. These ideas can help you decide on whether your new laundry warrants allocating additional budget to keep it practical, stylish and clutter-free, and one that you’ll happily hang out in.
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