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Carolyn Mars

These are all lovely, & helpful tips. But builders generally design small laundries..worse, most homes older than 10 years have small laundries. Even planning a Reno doesn't mean you can magically make it bigger. Ours is a tiny square, with a door in 3 separate walls. Door to outside, door to toilet & door into laundry. Plus a stupid window right beside the outside door-i want that bricked up & to convert the door to frosted glass for light. I can't knock thru the main wall as it's load bearing & runs the length/width? of whole house. I can't really move sideways, maybe 30cm max? If I take out the toilet, we lose the downstairs toilet... I've scoured small laundry ideas but am yet to find a viable option. I would LOVE a laundry like any of those above. I end up folding at the dining table or the lounge. I HATE my laundry.

We are looking at moving the kitchen & Dining locations, sideways basically, and this may be where I can claw back the extra 30-45cm. (Moving the side wall) But that's a big if..it's really doing my head in. Plus, I want to include a chute from upstairs. Location means it's doable..& to me, a 2 storey hose with no chute is madness. But...$$$. it all costs, & takes planning. My main wall is 210cm wide, possibly 209.. Although there is depth, due to the doors in/out, it is hard to configure any kind of L shape. (That's what we have now thanks to cheap temp wire shelves but it's not long term) Having once had a brilliant laundry (galley style) years ago, I know what works well& what I'd like. But I can't work out a way to fit it all in. Realistically, I know I'll have to choose what's most important, but it's really doing my head in. Champagne taste on a beer budget is one thing, but a mudroom/laundry WANT on a broom cupboard REALITY sucks. Plus, kitty stuff...sigh. he's an indoor cat & always will be-health issues. Where to move his stuff? Moving house is NOT an option. I'm stuck. And I can't afford to pay some designer or architect to plan it for me. If anyone has any ideas, happy to hear them! (First World problem I know, grateful to have a home but still want it to be PRACTICAL) ok, whinge done.


   
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danikc

hi Carolyn, just from looking at that pic, could you have the dryer on the floor next to the washer and add a bench across the top of both for folding? I know its not ideal but it would give you a small folding area? Then you could have wide shelves across the top with smallish baskets to put each family members clean thing? Or even built in cupboards if you want them to look neater with maybe one basket shelf underneath? Then you could put all your powders etc behind closed doors? Is there an option for a skylight or is the upstairs directly over the top? Then you could have cupboards across and lose half the window and still get light? Alternatively,stack the washer and dryer and have a tall cupboard on the right, cleaners up the top, and a basket for city clothes in the bottom? With the top option, you could hang brooms etc on hooks on the back of one of the doors... I feel your pain, having lived in several houses with tiny laundries with 6 kids.We were lucky enough to buy a house now with a huge laundry, I even have a 6 seater dining table in their with my folding baskets on it, its heaven! Sorry for the long post,I have a thing for laundries, its always the last thought of room in a house...

   
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Maya Saric

Love danikc's idea of putting the dryer on the floor to give you a folding bench!!!! My question is; can you dismantle the wall around the toilet to give you more wall and floor space for extra cupboards and Kitty Litter? You would then need a lockable door into the laundry. I once lived in a rental that had a wall of cupboards stacked/built (it was hard to tell) around and over the toilet floor-to-ceiling, the same depth as the cistern. It was a very old super cheap rental and the cupboards looked like they were from above the counter in an old kitchen. Ugly but outrageously practical, like the Tardis they just eat the stuff up. You could have a nice version built to measure? I have done a similar thing in my current home with a bathroom mirrored cupboard that matches the one over the handbasin.

   

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