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Laundry Room Before & After

For someone who hates doing laundry I am strangely excited to have a finished laundry room.  It is gratifying to see that all this work has paid off.  The laundry room is currently nicer than our kitchen.  But I needn't brag.  I'll let the photos speak for themselves.

Before - The laundry area was part of the kitchen/dining area
Before - The future laundry room
 
 In Process - We framed in a new laundry room in the basement and used it like that...for over a year.
After - It's difficult to get a good picture without a wide angle lens

Before - Control wall for radiant heat system
 After - The controls are hidden behind louvered doors.  Built in cabinets provide ample storage underneath.
The new doors can be opened to allow access to parts of the heat system or lifted off their tracks if complete access is necessary.
 Before - Space for a washer and dryer, but no work area
 After - Added storage cubbies, folding counter and laundry sink.
 We have a 20" wide space next to the washing machine.  Someday we will put in shelves to store laundry baskets but since this will be my temporary kitchen I am planning to put our mini-fridge there.
 This is the access panel for the crawl space.  We used a piece of PVC panel intended for decorative outdoor lattice and trimmed it with oak.  Dark fabric behind the screen will block the view of the crawl space but still allows ventilation.
We ran the supply and drain hoses for the washing machine through the sink.
Despite the amount of cabinetry in the laundry room it really was not an expensive project.  We spent a little under $1000 on the whole room including the washer and dryer.  I'm sure that a nice laundry area is not nearly as important to buyers as a nice kitchen or master bath, but maybe having all of these things finished will appeal to the future lady of the house.





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