If we are being honest, carrying a heavy load of dirty clothes for washing is a cumbersome and undesirable ordeal at best. Long trips to the laundry itself can become time-consuming as well as inconvenient.
While these problems are genuine and annoying, a very straightforward solution is to design your laundry room.
Rub the dust off your washing machine and revamp a room of yours to create a dedicated laundry room where you can clean your clothes without any hassle.
Nowadays, one of the most desirable aspects of a house is the addition of a laundry room. The utilities it provides easily justify its inclusion, and it boosts the house’s resale value.
Additionally, you do not need an unusually large room for laundry, as rooms as small as five by 8 feet can function as laundry rooms.
However, planning your laundry room is a vital household decision, one that you will want to think about. If you go ahead with the idea, here are some important considerations:
Find the Optimum Location
The first thing you will need to consider for your ideal laundry room is the perfect room itself. There is much that goes into planning which location will best suit it.
Consult your local technician and plumber to find about whether the room in question has an adequate amount of pipes, electrical connections, etc. to allow for smooth daily functions a laundry room will need.
You might want to hire an architect to check if the spacing of the room meets the needs of laundry functions. It is also necessary to incorporate some mechanical changes to the room so that there is an adequate influx of gas and water.
You will need floor joists must be sturdy enough to support the extra weight and vibrations of a washer and dryer.
The vibrations, in particular, have to be accommodated for as well as the noise produced. Two layers of half an inch thick of gypsum work well here.
As you would expect, work in the laundry can leave things quite a bit wet. Leaks are ever so prevalent in the laundry room that you will need adequate waterproofing and drainage systems to prevent damage to all your appliances.
A trap primer will divert the drain to keep the trap full and prevent sewer gas from rising. Additional safeguards are washing-machine drip pans, utility sinks for laundry rooms and electronic shutoff valves that automatically restrict the flow of water when they sense a leak.
New service lines can prove to be the most challenging aspect of a laundry room as you must aim to keep demolition of the room and overall cost as low as possible.
Water, Electricity and Gas Supplies
A steady supply of water, electricity, and gas will power your laundry room, allowing you to carry out the necessary operations needed.
For water, you will need your plumber to make new water lines as well as a larger sized drain line to divert wastewater.
The added pressure of the laundry room might overburden existing drain lines and cause water to overflow in other parts of the house such as sinks and toilets. A plumbing vent is an absolute must, as it allows the much-needed exchange of airflow.
For electricity, you will need services of your electrician to make new electrical lines for your electrical appliances, i.e. washer and dryer.
Dedicated lines will require a 240 Volt line for most electric washers. Gas-fueled dryers will require dedicated gas lines that your plumber must install.
Get the Best Equipment
Finally, after finding the ideal place to start and having it rigged up to support all the activities of a laundry room, you will need the appliances actually to carry out the work.
You will need appliances that offer performance and value for money, as well as fewer vibrations. There are some things to consider when deciding what to buy.
A washer that can be stacked up by placing a dryer above it or front loaders with a smaller cycle time are examples of wisely chosen appliances.
A buzzer for when the job is done is great, but in your own house, you might want one that is turned off to avoid noise pollution.