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You can probably guess what our latest project is, just from the title alone… Yup, we’re in the process of moving the laundry room upstairs in order to make space for a real mudroom. I can honestly say I’ve never been more excited about a project- because this is going to change our life! No more hauling laundry up and down the stairs- no more trying to haul bags of groceries over baskets of laundry. No more tripping over shoes and boots and backpacks in the middle of the hall to the garage! Woohoo!
We have a pretty typical colonial floorplan in which the laundry is in a closet nook right next to the door out to the garage. This makes sense from a plumbing point of view, of course. However, with two boys coming in and dropping backpacks, muddy shoes, and sports gear, it is becoming quite a crowded space. In the winter, it’s a wreck.
Our current upstairs situation is also a bit silly. We have a giant unused space above the garage. It’s a little awkward to access it, as you can see in the current floorplan above, there’s a doorway inside our closet that leads to a hallway that wraps around our closet. A lot of wasted space. We basically plan on reconfiguring the whole chunk of the second floor. Here’s the tentative plan:
It’s hard to believe that it’s the same space! As you can probably see, there’s a lot of changes in the works, but the one that impacts the laundry is reclaiming that awkward hallway area and a piece of the closet. We are tapping off of the plumbing from the master bath, which is actually perfectly located. The main challenge right now is the electrical for the dryer, which we are asking a licensed electrician friend to help with. At the moment, this new laundry room is not going to be fancy. We are simply planning to demo the two walls of our closet that are in the middle of the planned space, so I can use the washer and dryer, and then we are going to leave the project unfinished in order to work on the mudroom. We’ll complete the project when we tackle the entire master suite project.
The actual purpose of moving the laundry upstairs is to enlarge our Mudroom. This is one of the last rooms in need of an overhaul on the first floor. Above is a side-by-side (or actually one-on-top-of-the-other) comparison of the current laundry/mudroom and the planned enlarged mudroom. As you can see, we are also reconfiguring doorways- this serves purpose of creating a larger amount of space in the garage (my car space is a little tight with the strange multi-landing deck that we are currently dealing with to get into the house from the garage). We are also moving the doorway that currently leads to the backyard from the garage. We will be adding that door on the back wall of the mudroom. We plan on getting a door with a large window, to bring some much needed natural light into the space.
I’m going to approach this project a bit differently here on the blog than I have with our last few. I will be posting as we go, giving updates on the progress of the project. Since summer is here, we are probably a way off from a “big reveal”, so this is a more practical way to share the project!
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