Lousy to Luscious: The Basement Laundry Room Turned on its Head

Lousy to Luscious: The Basement Laundry Room Turned on its Head
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    The basement laundry room is often overlooked for its design potential.

    Particularly in new homes, home owners are required to wait until the ground has settled before they can turn the basement into a functional living space.


Are you are planning to finish your basement or thinking of renovating the existing space?  Take the opportunity to turn your laundry room into a beautiful and functional room.  Having a nice laundry room makes a routine chore a little more fun.

There are many reasons why home owners choose to place their laundry room in the basement as opposed to the other levels in their home.  In the event that the washing machine malfunctions, the excess water will simply run into the floor drain without risking water damage to any of the walls or floors in the home.  If the noise from the machines is a concern, it is also an advantage to have the laundry room in the basement away from bedrooms. 

Are you looking to create a beautiful laundry room in your basement?  Start by framing out a space that is large enough to accommodate a washer, dryer and laundry sink.  Choose stackable appliances if space is limited.  Select a washer and dryer that are large enough for your family.  Appliances are one of the largest purchases that you will make for your home, so it also a good idea to insure them with the Choice Home Warrantee.  For more information, visit their homepage or follow Choice Home Warranty on Twitter.

Install some cupboards for additional storage space and incorporate a counter top area.  This will come in handy for folding clothes or laying out delicate items to air-dry.  You can also utilize the counter space for ironing.  Have a designated area for a large hamper and make sure you have a small trashcan for lint.

Ceramic tile is the most cost efficient and practical material for the floor.  Make sure that the flooring is sloped towards the nearest floor drain so that water cannot pool anywhere else in the room.  Complete your floor with a small mat to cushion your feet and add a little warmth during the winter months.  A simple bathmat works well for this purpose.  It is very important that your dryer is properly ventilated so that all excess moisture is vented outside.  Failure to release the humidity will result in mold buildup over time and can damage your dryer.

Choose a light paint color for the walls.  Look for any brand of paint that is mold and mildew resistant and wipes down easily.  Avoid dark colors because they will make the room appear much smaller.  Accessorize the walls by hanging a few floating shelves.  Purchase decorative baskets to place on the shelves.  This will make your laundry room look complete and will allow you to hide away smaller items like dryer sheets and lint rollers.  It’s also a great idea to have a piggy bank or change jar in your laundry room for when you are emptying out pockets.  Create a laundry room in your home that is comfortable, practical and stylish.

Kenneth Bassett is passionate about interior design. He especially loves creating practical spaces that are beautiful and functional.



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