Laundry rooms are a necessary evil. Washing and drying clothes are not my favorite things, but I don’t foresee a time when I’ll have a person who does it for us (darn). We’ve lived in several homes and each has had a totally unique laundry situation and when it was time to design our new home, laundry was something we discussed with our home planner.
Many new construction homes have a mudroom-laundry area near the garage. This can make a lot of sense in some homes. But with a two-story home, Ryan and I wanted an upstairs laundry. The vast majority of laundry comes from bedrooms and bathrooms. So, the closer the laundry area is to these laundry-making areas, the better. (I spent the past 5 years of my life trudging up and down stairs with laundry baskets, and I can’t wait for the FREEDOM.)
The problem? There wasn’t a huge excess of space on the second floor. The upstairs is only about 600 square feet (give or take). And the eaves take up a large chunk of that space. (Meaning the walls aren’t all 8 foot or more.)
The solution our drafter came up with was a large laundry closet placed in the eaves outside the bedrooms. It’s actually a similar setup to our first house, and it worked well there.
But one thing about an upstairs bathroom is the potential for leaking. Well, maybe people don’t worry about that. But we worry about that. Because the last thing we need or want is a ceiling full of water in our dining room when we have a washer issue. (And at some point, we’ll probably have a washer issue.)
While Ryan was plumbing the house, he received some great advice to add a drain to the closet from a plumber. Because even though we have new front-loading machines, you just never know if/when a washer will die. And you just never know if it will die when there’s a full load of clothes with water inside.
All of this lead-in to share that we have a concrete floor and a drain in our laundry closet.
I know. That took a long time to get to the point. And you don’t care.
But I care. I care so much.
And it’s something I didn’t see much of when I was searching for inspiration. The only thing I could find are the fugly plastic trays to put under your washer. I’m intimately familiar with these trays and have earned the opportunity to call them fugly, because we had a tray in our first house and it was terribly unattractive.
So, concrete was a better looking option. And it’s all about being good looking, am I right?
We really only needed the concrete and drain under the washer, but I thought that would look strange to only have concrete in half of the closet. So Ryan built a frame around the whole closet and then added the concrete. The board on the front will stay there, so he’ll just trim it out when we trim all the walls.
My mother-in-law painted the closet to cover the concrete on the walls, and it’s looking great. And the peace of mind we have with an upstairs laundry is the best part.
Now, we just need some trim and doors (coming this week), and we’ll be ready to go.