Laundry · Rental · Rental Renovations

Rental Rehab: Part 4..Laundry Room

This is the laundry room in the rental house as it looks now.  I love this space.  No, seriously…it might not look like much, but it has so much potential.  Here, let me show you what I mean.

Here’s a really rough look at the current layout of the laundry room. This is definitely not to scale…I still need to take some measurements, but you get the gist.  The existing stacked washer/dryer is not working, but it was installed against the inside wall- tying into the plumbing from the bathroom.  The exhaust fan then crosses the room along the ceiling to exit out of the house (you can see this in the photos below).

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Here are some photos of the space as it looks currently.  The only thing we’ve managed to do is remove the drawers in the built-in (which is actually a dresser somehow secured between two wood cabinets) and remove the entry door to the room…


The old brick floors could be beautiful with a little cleanup but, given their age, would probably need to be re-grouted and sealed…plus they aren’t level.

Brick Floor and small step into the laundry room

Here you can see the entry to the laundry room without the wood shutter doors.  We replaced them with the door that was originally the back entry door (obviously, we bought a new door for the entry).  The door still needs to be cleaned up a bit…maybe re-painted.

Hallway with doors removed
New Laundry Room Door & Molding

Like I said…lots of potential.

I always begin every project with the most advantageous ideas.  I essentially plan out my “dream” design and then scale back as budget allows.   So, to start I usually begin searching for inspiration on Pinterest and on Houzz.  Don’t try to search for your exact room match, just look for components of each photo that you would like to incorporate into the space.  For example, I like the changing table setup in Photo 1, but our space might be too small so I would probably have to DIY something.

Here are a few laundry rooms that I like for this space.

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Photo 1

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Photo 2

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Photo 3

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Photo 4

I found all of these photos on Pinterest.  I like the changing table and laundry basket setup in photo 1 (Chris Loves Julia). Photo 2  (Not Just a Housewife) has the same rustic style that I’m really liking right now- I would love to install the plank wood walls and the utility cart is great too.  I think photo 3 (Teal and Lime) has a simple design for utility storage that I like.  Finally photo 4 (BHG) shows a door with frosted glass, and I think it would be nice to do this so that this space isn’t visible to guests.

So, here’s what I’m thinking…try to keep up, cause my mind is all over the place.

I know nothing about electrical and plumbing requirements..I leave that to my hubby.  But, Bob Villa suggests locating a dryer against an exterior wall.  He also says, however, that it’s wise to position a washing machine near existing water supply pipes.  Well, our water supply is on one wall (right) and the exterior wall is on the left.  This may fudge up my plan, but we shall see.  Here is what I’d love to see.

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  1. Under the changing table would be laundry baskets and a rolling utility cart for added storage…like in the inspiration photos.
  2. The freestanding shelf (possibly one of these from Costco) would serve as additional storage for household items like
  3. We would need to repair the existing washer/dryer unit or buy a new set that could be stacked (to make the most of the small space).
  4. I’d like to hang some type of curtain (or maybe use a room divider) to hide-away the unpleasantries like the water heater and piping that is currently against the back wall.
  5. The little yellow square to the left of the changing table is supposed to represent some type of wall organizational system (like in the inspiration photos) to hang a broom, mop etc.
  6. The utility sink might be the only thing that destroys this plan.  Because, I don’t know if a utility sink can be next to the washer and dryer.  The electrical code would probably spell that out.

As we work through some of the bigger issues regarding code requirements, I’ll revise the plan and then begin shopping around for each component.  Check back for those details in the coming weeks.  We hope to have this complete by the end of March.  Here’s hoping.


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