Washing and drying cloths is a frequent routine for every homeowner. So it goes without saying, although I will, that you should plan for an optimal space in your home design for a laundry room. Where you choose to place the room and how much space is needed depends on your approach to doing laundry. Regional lifestyles can also determine the location of this room as well. Regardless of where you decide to put your laundry room, make sure that it fits flawlessly within the design and traffic patterns of your floor plan. Now let’s take a look at where you can design a laundry room location in your home.
The Basement Laundry
This area applies to homes that are not on a slab or crawlspace foundation. Truthfully speaking, the laundry being located in the basement is largely regional. States in the northeast and mid-west typically plan for the laundry to be in the basement. The good thing about this is that you have unlimited space to design a nice laundry room. There is room to design work stations to sort cloths, pre rinse, launder, iron, and fold. Adding a television to the space is icing on the cake.
Laundry in the Kitchen
We don’t all live in a large sprawling home with plenty of square footage. For the small homes, space is a premium and the laundry room is at the bottom of the list. In cases such as this, the kitchen is often a place where you can include a laundry closet. It doesn’t have to be very big, just large enough to hold a washer and dryer and perhaps shelving or wall cabinets to store washing and drying accessory items. A minimum space of six feet in width and three feet in depth is all that is needed.
The Laundry Near the Garage and Mudroom
Probably the most desired option is to place the laundry room in the service area of the house. This area generally include the garage, kitchen, mudroom, and service entrance to the home. An ideal design concept would be to make the mudroom a buffer with immediate access to the kitchen and to a separate laundry. You can do laundry and still not be far from the activities of family gatherings typically tied to the kitchen/ family room area. As in the case of the basement scenario, you can design the room to do many task related to laundry chores.
Sleeping Area Laundry Location
The sleep zone is not the best place to put a laundry room due to noise. However, some homeowners are willing to accept a little noise for convenience. With a one story or ranch type home, this location is rarely used. In two story homes, it is a lot more common because homeowners would rather not have to drag clothes up and down the stairs traveling back and forth to the laundry room. The upstairs laundry can be tucked in a designated closet or it can be a room with work stations. It all depends on the amount of square footage you are willing or able to provide for the space.
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