The laundry area is perhaps one of the most overlooked places in a home, regarding design and construction. If yours is a modern home, then having a well presented, and properly functioning washing space is critical.
If you’re planning to revamp your laundry area and give it a complete makeover, think about how long the project is going to take and how you’ll carry on with laundry midway through the project. This way, you’ll know when and where to DIY or hire a professional. And that’s just one thing to consider.
Here are the things you should bear in mind when planning to renovate your laundry room.
Come up with a must-have list
In the list, you may include the things that you want to be integrated into space, for instance, more shelves, counter space for folding laundry, a sink or ironing board, a rack, and closed cabinets for storage as well as outlets and gas lines. Making a list beforehand will cut out any surprises later on. If you have limited space, you might want to consider stacking your dryer and washer (should be front load) to free the space for other things.
Look up for ideas
You can go on Pinterest for laundry renovation ideas or speak to professionals for inspiration and/or assistance. This way, you’ll have an idea on the best way to utilize your space for optimum functionality. Perhaps you wouldn’t have imagined that it’s possible to incorporate a hooked bench for coats, backpacks, and hats or mount an expandable drying rack on the wall, but these ideas will open you up to the endless possibilities.
Other than functionality, you may find fun ideas for painting the walls and making it trendy. Remember you spend several hours in the laundry room, so you want it to be beautiful and cheerful.
Know when to outsource for help
You might be a DIY diehard, but some tasks are better left to the professionals. Not because you can’t do it, but because the experts will do it better, fast and deliver stunning results. Besides, they have worked in several homes and had thousands of laundry renovation ideas that will perfectly suit your space.
Some certain tasks are potentially hazardous, for instance moving the gas line or installing new dryer vent, and you shouldn’t even try to muddle. If you’re not an experience HVAC specialist or an electrician, try to avoid handling this on your own, because you may be putting yourself and your entire family at risk of gas licks fires. Besides, you also risk spoiling the machines. Other areas that require professional hands include drywalls, water pipes, and any demolition. If you’re buying new cabinets or sinks, you might want a professional to do the installations.
Plan upfront for special orders
For the sake of budget and time, it makes sense to go with items that are readily available. However, if you don’t want a cookie-cutter laundry room, you might want to special order a few stuff. While this could stretch your renovation time, it’s often worth it in the end. Ensure you plan accordingly. Don’t forget that custom cabinets and countertops take more time to be built and installed.