Where’s the laundry room?

by Stickywire on Monday December 3, 2012

One question a prospective home buyer today is asking is, where is the laundry room?  The traditional laundry room can be found in the basement but, more and more, laundry rooms are being installed on ground or upper floors and designed with some care.

One reason for the move in laundry room location is the fact that so many homes have floors that can be rented to tenants. If the homeowner wants to retain access to the laundry room, he or she will have to separate it from a basement apartment area with a firedoor and, ideally, sound and fire insultation, or create a new laundry on a floor above the basement.

In many cases, it is very difficult to locate a laundry room on a main or first floor of the home because it will interfere with the principal rooms. This is why laundry rooms are now found in strange places like the garage or in kitchen closet or even the pantry.

There are some fundamentals to take into account when siting a laundry room or when considering a home to buy. The room requires a floor drain with a sloping of the floor that conveys any spilled water to the drain.  An ideal covering for a laundry room floor is industrial rubber flooring, concrete or tile over concrete with a waterproof membrane.

It is best to have laundry machines placed on pedestals so one doesn’t have to bend over to explore the machine innards searching for lost socks.  Pedestals may also contain storage drawers for cleaning supplies or storage cabinets can be added to the room. 

A well-equipped laundry room should have a hanging rack or rod for hang drying. Be careful when using clothesline if there are small children in the home since they can get tangled in any rope or string in the home.

A good laundry room will enable a process in which the laundry arrives in a jumble but leaves in organized and neatly folded stacks. A room can be organized so family members pick up their clothes here and take them to their rooms for self-storage.

It is also handy to have a few small containers in the laundry room in which to save buttons. 

The homeowner doesn’t have to have top-of-the-line countertops in the laundry room but he or she does need lots of counter space for sorting and folding. The need for countertop space means the ideal laundry room should be reasonably large. The need to relieve the drudgery of doing the laundry means the room should be as little like a dungeon as possible. 

The home seller may not see much of a profit in renovating or, at least, staging the laundry room but he or she will get kudos from the home buyer who is looking for the most convenient, user-friendly home on the market.

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