After four houses Luke and I have changed. Our tastes and ideas have evolved. Our abilities and budgets have increased along the way and I think this is most obvious in the evolution of our laundry rooms
Rapid City, SD
Before - Our first home had a large laundry room. With so many holes in the walls we had a lot of mice to contend with at first.
After - Although the room was spacious we had almost no storage. Luke was in college and I was paying his tuition so there wasn't a lot of money left over for cabinets. It was my first time laying tile and I was immediately hooked.
Our second house had a very small, very gross laundry room. The wall was full of mold and the gap under the door did nothing to keep mice out. We removed the window so we could stack the washer and dryer.
The stacked washer/dryer allowed space for a few cabinets and a drying rack. Because the laundry room was directly off the kitchen we matched the cabinet and countertops for continuity.
Our third house started with this laundry nook in the kitchen.
We removed the wall to open up the kitchen to the living room so the laundry room was relocated to a corner of the basement. The bathroom is on the left, the future laundry room on the right.
The new basement laundry room featured a butcherblock style counter over the laundry appliances.
The controls for the hydronic heat system are hidden behind the louvered doors. Cabinets below provided a lot of extra storage.
Our latest laundry room started as an unfinished corner of the basement.
Somehow this room morphed into a mini-kitchen more than a laundry room. Cherry cabinets, tile backsplash, undercabinet lighting...I'm not sure where to draw the line between a few nice features and overkill.
If our pattern holds true we'll have to step it up for our next house, but I'm really not sure how short of hiring a maid who actually does the laundry room for us.