When I shared the house tour photos, I mentioned two potential laundry room locations. Now that we have appliances in the house, we’re jumping to get them installed so we can actually move into our construction zone. I’ve also mentioned my battle with decision paralysis and this is a perfect example. There are so many decisions to make so quickly and I’m just stuck. We can put the machines in the traditional laundry room or the basement, and I cannot bring myself to commit to a location.
I know, totally blown out photo. I am capable of merging exposures, I just chose not to.
This is the laundry room/entry at the back of the house. My initial inclination was to remove the upper cabinets and add lockers to serve as a mudroom. I know that’s a super pinterest-y plan, but our town is relocating schools at the moment and I definitely think I can source some lockers. We’re also short on storage of the coat closet sort and have a ton of snowmobile gear. I like the potential for helmet/gear storage that’s away from our normal coats so they don’t start to smell like 2-stroke engine smoke. I also worry about laundry piling up and getting trampled by dogs and feet as they enter the house. If we put the machines here, we’ll have to add venting for the dryer.
On the plus side, the hookups are here and ready to go. With bedrooms spread throughout the house as-is, I love the idea of having a fairly central location for laundry. Also, no shame, I’m super lazy about laundry and maybe having it here will encourage me to keep up with things. I want to start using the clothes line right outside the backdoor and worry that I’ll get lazy about hauling things out there if the laundry isn’t right here.
This is our small basement. My initial inclination was to put the laundry here because otherwise the room will just serve as very large storage for a hot water heater and kitty litter box. There’s a utility sink. The hookups and venting are ready to go. I have plenty of room and we don’t need to worry about muddy boots and paws passing through the place.
On the negative side…. I’m still lazy about laundry. For real. My fitbit would love all the extra steps that I’ll take in getting our laundry from our master to the first floor then down to the basement. As I’m typing this, I’m thinking perhaps that’s a plus? Our old Detroit house had a second floor master and basement laundry, so this is nothing I haven’t lived with before, but I recall letting things pile up a bit more than they should. I also HATED our Detroit basement because it was dark and gross. This room is large, clean (ish), and fairly bright, so I won’t be as much of a baby about going downstairs. Very specifically, I don’t think I’ll use the clothes line if laundry is down here. If we put laundry upstairs, I can certainly put lockers and snowmobile gear in the basement.
I need input. Should we do a pass-through entry/laundry room or a dedicated laundry in the basement with dedicated mudroom upstairs? Alan thinks laundry upstairs, but we’re both stuck on the idea of adding vents and making the space cramped. I’m 50/50, maybe 51/49 in favor of the basement.