Laundries
When redesigning your laundry, make it cater to sudden bursts of activity and have an eye to storage solutions to take the pressure off other rooms.

Service zone

Whether it commands its own room or is a recessed part of the bathroom, the modern laundry is one of those highly functional service zones of the house.  It has a job to do - several jobs, in fact.  It should be designed to meet sudden bursts of activity and, when not in use, should be a useful storage place that takes some of the pressure off the requirements of other rooms.

If you're remodeling your laundry, look to combine durability, functionality and efficiency with a concern for human and environment health. This requires careful decisions about appliances, flooring, cabinets, features and an optimal use of space.


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Storage

When planning the space allow for cabinets, including a tall unit for mops, cleaning supplies, and possibly an ironing board. Don't be afraid to use the walls to maximize storage by hanging specific-use items.  Cabinets and pullouts can be reserved for laundry supplies.

If your laundry is adjacent to the kitchen it can become a very convenient place to store seldom used tableware and utensils. To further save kitchen space, think about installing your freezer here. You can also provide open shelving or upper cabinets for storage of linens, blankets and towels.

This may be the time for you to evaluate how much washing you're doing these days.  If you're not using the most efficient machines for your needs, new ones may actually save you money.

When buying new machines, check the design features and energy efficiency ratings. If you need to, now may be the time to switch the door on the washing machine or dryer to open the other way if this makes it easier to load and unload.


Cost-savings

Try to maintain the current arrangement of your laundry plumbing because it will cost a lot of money to move water pipes and drainage.  You will also need to factor in any costs associated with sealing wet areas against water.


However, you can keep costs down by:

purchasing second hand materials,

sourcing items with minor flaws (like factory second tiles);

buying good quality assembled units (rather than customised cabinetry); and

using movable storage bins (not for detergents or other materials potentially
dangerous to children) rather than fixed under-bench cupboards.


Child safety

The laundry concentrates hot water, electricity, toxic cleaning agents and potentially slippery surfaces which can be highly dangerous to anyone, particularly young children. If you have children in the house, please design your laundry to take into account these precautions:

keep nappy buckets closed and up high where toddlers can't get to them;

keep detergents and poisonous substances in a locked cupboard;

don't leave buckets of water on the floor;

have all power switches high on the wall; and

consider installing a child-proof gate to prevent access to the area.

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Helpful details

Since your laundry is all about smart layout and how you keep things when not in use, here are some ideas that may help:

Keep stain removers, sponges, and scrubbers in containers on a shelf or in a
cabinet above your washing machine. Transfer detergents into smaller, dishwasher-safe containers that are easier to handle.

Mount your ironing board on a wall or on the back of a door.


Easily cleaned and water resistant benchtops for treating and folding clothes are very useful. If you don't have a sink, set a large bowl nearby for soaking items.

Try a lost-and-found bin for all those bits and pieces found in pockets or at the bottom of the dryer, such as keys, buttons and loose change. And this where
those single socks can wait before they are re-united with their partners.

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