Is a laundry just a laundry?! With so much time spent washing clothes, I want our laundry to bring me joy!
Following on from our Mud Room journal, next up it's time to focus on the laundry. When asking you all what the 'must haves' were in a family home, plenty of you were keen to jump in and give advice around planning the ultimate laundry.
Something to consider in the planning stage of a renovation or new build is where you would like your laundry situated. Many of you suggested that having a laundry directly off the kitchen and/or butlers pantry was ideal. To be honest, this doesn't make a lot of sense to me but I'd love your thoughts! Others suggested a laundry off your garage. External access close to the clothesline is also ideal. Laundry chutes can also be factored in to the floor plan early on. I have to admit I've previously thought these are a bit of a gimmick - but since having kids, I take that back!
On our original plans, our laundry was a long, slim galley style walk-through laundry off the garage. We had a separate mud room which ran parallel. After doing a bit of thinking, we've decided to combine the two rooms so there is a nice flow from the garage, laundry and mudroom. Our laundry isn't in the vicinity of the kitchen.
Allow at least 1m from your bench to the wall, to ensure enough room to practically remove clothes from the washer and navigate within the room. Standard bench top depth within a laundry is approximately 650mm which allows for most laundry sinks and standard washing machines and dryers. Mixer taps with pull out spray nozzles are a great inclusion for washing larger items such as buckets and bins.
It's important to note that whilst there is a vast array of washers and dryers that come in standard sizes, there are an ever increasing number of appliances that fall outside the standard. We recommend that you lock in your laundry appliances before you finalise your cabinetry plans - especially if you're yet to decide on a top loader versus a front loader.
Given the role of a laundry (to store, wash and dry dirty clothes) we'd always recommend that you carefully consider and incorporate effective ventilation. Exhaust fans, windows and opening skylights are all great options. It's helpful to also consider whether you'll be using a clothes horse within the room to dry clothes, as well as the type of dryer you'll install.
Traditional clothes dryers are vented, which means they pull in air, heat the air, then move this air around the clothes to dry them. This process means that moist air is expelled from the dryer. In turn, the room can become muggy and damp. Condenser clothes dryers however, extract the moist air and pass it through a heat exchange, which condenses the water vapour into a collection tank for removal. Condenser dryers mean that your laundry isn't going to turn into a damp room. This means that a traditional dryer will require your laundry to have a greater amount of effective ventilation to prevent potential mould and mildew issues over time.
Like the kitchen, storage in a laundry is key to an organised space. If you're anything like me, you want to hide anything that doesn't look any good! A combination of under bench and overhead cabinets with tall storage is ideal. Here are a few recommendations you all added to the mix: