Do You Want to Remodel Your Laundry Room?

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Do you want to remodel your laundry room? I’m trying to remember how this renovation got started. We have “fixed up the laundry room” twice before this latest project. However, we have always had a furnace, hot water tank, and an ugly electrical panel in open view in this space.

I’ve never liked that the furnace, the hot water heater, and the electrical panel were out in the open. With this renovation the furnace and hot water heater are finally getting enclosed in a closet. The electrical panel will be hidden away in a custom cabinet.

This will not be a pretty post as we are still in the middle of our remodel and I’m giving you an update on the progress. Below are pictures of the demolishing in progress.

Planning – The Remodel

We’ve done so much remodeling and I shared in a previous post about how to plan a renovation. You can find that HERE. While my steps for a renovation are what a “normal” project should follow, we always do things a little differently. “Handy” works in small stages so that we are not without our amenities for very long. We did a complete kitchen renovation and went without a sink for only a few hours.

You can read about our Kitchen Renovation HERE and you can also read my post about “Handy” HERE

We’ve had bathroom remodels without a toilet for only a day. For this project, I was only without a washer and dryer for 5 days. However, I was completely prepared and all of our laundry was completely caught up so it really wasn’t a hardship at all.

Planning – Appliances

I decided that I no longer wanted the front load washer. No matter how many times I sanitized it and ran bleach or vinegar in it, it seemed to smell. I also wanted my washer and dryer to no longer be stacked so as we get older, it is easier to access.

We are also replacing the hot water tank with a tankless water heater. This will give us a little more space but we are eliminating a lot of cabinetry. I want the space more open and light!



The Early Laundry Room

On my podcast two weeks ago, I shared the evolution of my office and it all actually starts in my laundry room. You can listen to that HERE.

We found this wallpaper under the walls and it was the first wallpaper I put up when I moved into this house – Circa Spring 1993
The plaid is the wallpaper I put up when we did a pretty big renovation and added white cabinets and a desk area. The black paint came after plaid and yes, I did strip the wallpaper before painting but all of this was found behind a cabinet.

Progress with the Remodel

As of today, the plumbing, gas, and electricity have all been rerouted. The cabinet maker came yesterday to measure for my cabinets and the plumber is coming next weekend to take out the old water heater and put in the tankless unit. The framing is all up for the closet. There is still more flooring that needs to be laid. The ceiling needs to be patched, sanded, and painted and then a new light fixture hung. I’m ordering my wallpaper today from Love vs Design.

What will take the most time will be the cabinets. The cabinet maker builds the boxes but orders all of the doors and drawer fronts and I’m not sure if there is a backlog on that. Then he has to prime and paint everything before installing it.

Most Important Remodel Progress!

I have a new washer and dryer installed and working!

It’s taking a bit of time to get used to the new washer. It doesn’t have an agitator like the traditional top load washers. Consequently, it can have some issues with weight distribution. I’m not sure how I’m liking it so far. It does have some awesome features like WiFi which notifies me when the machine is done and all kinds of washing options. The dryer has a steam setting which I can’t wait to try out to see how things come out of the dryer.

As of right now, the jury is still out on this purchase. I’m going to wash a few washable rugs and see how it handles those. If I don’t like it, I’m probably going to consider an exchange. I will have these for a very long time so I don’t want to be unhappy every time I do the laundry.

Don’t tell “Handy” I’m reconsidering my purchase!

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I can’t wait for this laundry room remodel to be finished for so many reasons. First and foremost is that everything from the laundry room is piled in my office. I’m ready to get my space back.

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    1. Thank you but still so much more left to do!

  1. It’s going to be so gorgeous when you get it finished! Can’t wait to see it!

    1. I can’t wait either. It’s coming along faster than I thought. Our cabinet guy is typically pretty backed up but I think he’s actually working on my project right now. Yah!

  2. Soooo happy for you its going to be so good. I agree do not keep what your not happy with, my top loader with agitator gets off balance with every heavy load! So frustrating!! Hope it turns out beautiful I’ll be watching

    1. After that initial issue, I’ve been good about my distribution and it’s been really good. Fingers crossed that it says that way. I don’t know that there is a perfect washer anymore!

  3. It’s going to be awesome! Such an amazing change getting rid of the water tank etc I can’t wait to see it finished!

    1. Hi Dee –
      I’m so worried about you my friend. I hope you are on the mend. Thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog post and share a sweet comment!

  4. Lynne, it will look amazing when you are all finished with it. My laundry room in my new home is so much smaller than in my old home. It’s not quite a closet but more like a small walk-in closet for the laundry room. LOL I will be working on my this summer. The first thing is to get rid of the wired rack that builders like putting in homes. I cannot even reach the shelf.

    1. It’s so funny you say that Tammy. Last night Keith and I were standing in the space and I was saying how it looks so much smaller with the closet framed and drywalled and we don’t even have the cabinets yet. He said to me “Most people just have a closet so this is going to be a pretty big space considering”. I’m sure you will make your space beautiful and functional just like everything you do in your home. Thanks so much for checking in!