When we renovated our 1950s house, we removed the laundry to give us a large open plan family room and added a European-style laundry inside some cupboards next to the kitchen.
A decade later we are more than happy with our decision, although we do sometimes wish our washing machine was quieter, and that we didn't have to fill the study with clothes horses in winter.
Do you need a dedicated laundry room?
Let us know your thoughts in the discussion below.
Thanks for joining in the discussion @Andy_Mann. Let me also extend a very warm welcome to Workshop. I hope you find the site to offer plenty of ideas, information and good fun.
I know my comment is a little late, but yes yes yes. A laundry room is a must. Somewhere to sort, and spray washing (stains). A place to fold washing, do the ironing and put the clothes horse/airer up. I have a dryer but I cannot remember the last time I used it. I live in a tiny unit so of course no special laundry room. The clothes horse is put up in the garage when it is wet out and I have a fan blowing on the clothes. I live in Toowoomba where the weather can be unpredicable.
I do have a laundry with a long bench, appliances below the bench and a corner cupboard that I designed to hold all the usual laundry things plus multiple vases for flowers, held ready for use, in open niches on either side of the cupboard. So yes I am in favour of a dedicated laundry.
But I would like it bigger as a combined sewing room with more storage for all the fabrics and sewing in progress with a long cutting table in the middle of the room. In this way I would have a convenient area capable of many uses and still be close to the iron. Sewing and ironing go together, when sewing.
And one of the best laundries I ever saw was north facing with a wall of glass and a partial toughened glass ceiling so that the end of the room was able to be a drying area in inclement weather. I also think this sunny atrium/and drying area would be a good place to use when painting landscapes.
So rather than get rid of the laundry I'd advocate for a more multi-function place where the area would be a real utility/laundry/hobby room and storage for vases and maybe an area for messy garden boots and space for messy hobbies. But always with long bench for folding and sorting items washed and and dried earlier in the day.
A decent sized laundry helps to keep the rest of the house tidier. no laundry baskets in the living room. no sewing things
on the dining area table. no need to have clothes airing near the living area.
my friends with two beloved dogs went for a bigger laundry too.. They have an exceptionally large sink where they wash the dogs and carpet covered central bench in the middle of the room where they groom the dogs. Laundries are great !
Welcome to the Bunnings Workshop community @SuzieA.
It's fantastic to have you join us and you've raised some great points about the versatility of rooms within a home. It certainly makes you think whether pre-designating a rooms specific purpose is paramount to a more functional home or perhaps it's limiting the over-all functionality more than we realise. I really like the idea of having multifunctional spaces where they are set up for a variety of activities, your laundry/sewing room is an amazing example of this.
We look forward to hearing more about any projects you have going on around your home and garden and trust you'll find loads of inspiration for them within the community. Please feel free to let us know anytime you need assistance with a project or have something to share with the community.