Planning the Laundry
In England the washing machine and dryer are generally in the kitchen.
As a consequence the laundry in our first house we built was tiny. It was just big enough to fit the washing machine, dryer, laundry trough, and a walkway about 800mm wide to the back door.
After ten years in that house we decided that the next laundry would be bigger.
Our current house has a laundry that includes room for washing baskets, and a linen press. We also have room to store the ironing board, brushes and mops. I am still not sure however I have got everything the laundry right.
I have tried to list all the things below you might want in this undervalued room besides having a home for the laundry appliances and the trough:
- Baskets for dirty linen and clothes baskets.
- Room for baskets of laundry brought in from the washing line before they are folded
- Storage of soaps, detergents, toilet rolls.
- Room to set up an ironing board.
- Rail for ironed clothes.
- Airing rack.
- Laundry press.
- Television, to watch while doing the ironing.
- Hooks for gardening clothes and a boot storage rack.
- Pet food storage.
- Dog basket.
- Storage for mops, buckets, brushes, and a vacuum cleaner.
I am not saying you need to have room for all these things but its worth considering what space you want.
Other things to think about are
- Installing a floor drain to protect the rest of the house in case of floods.
- Putting the machines on a plinth to save all the bending over.
- Making sure a drier can be vented to the outside.
- Plumbing to allow grey water to be collected for garden watering.
Do you have any tips for laundry planning?
See Electrical Planning for Electrical fit out of your Laundry