In what feels like a never-ending saga, let’s dive into the progress we’ve made in the basement. Specifically, the laundry room. For it’s purpose, it’s a decent sized room at nine feet wide and eight and a half feet deep. We started out with our washer and dryer side by side, below a row of orange oak upper cabinets. Since we immediately ripped out the pet stained carpet, we tossed a rug below to have a less dirty floor to walk on.
Just to the left of the appliances was a big, plastic wash tub and open floor space.
Opposite the washer and dryer was a full wall of dark oak upper and lower cabinets, complete with stunning orange countertops.
Based on the cabinet configuration and the large mirror, we think this room was a designated sewing space for a previous owner. While the room boasted a lot of cabinetry, it wasn’t laid out in the most functional way for our uses.
When we gutted the entire basement, we decided to tweak the door placement to throw more depth to the appliance side. This minor change centered the door on the open floor space, making each side a better depth for what would go on the walls.
After five months of working toward an updated basement, we are nearing our finish line. Let’s take a look behind the pocket door.
We still have the sink, washer, and dryer on the left side of the door, but opted to stack the units to accommodate an upright freezer.
For the most finished look, we built a floor to ceiling panel to block the side of the stack. A 40 inch wide by 24 inch deep cabinet, which will have a sink once we get our countertops, fills in from the side panel to wall.
Above, we opted to skip an upper cabinet, and built two floating wood shelves instead. At eight inches deep, we won’t have to worry about crashing heads, but we still have enough room for laundry essentials. Of course the shelves can also hold a few pretty things to add a bit of personality to even a laundry room.
Over on the other side of the room is a wall-o-cabinets. Sleek white cabinets keep this dark, windowless room from feeling dingy and depressing. At the back of the room is a 5 foot tall by 2 foot wide vacuum/ironing board cabinet.
This leaves us with a 6 1/2 foot long counter space, which will be great for folding, but also getting laundry baskets off the floor.
A pair of upper cabinets gives us ample space to store, well, I’m not sure yet, but whatever we need.
Clearly the bottom drawers aren’t finished, but the shallow tops aren’t actually drawers. Surprise, it’s a pull out drying rack.
To be honest, we don’t have much that can’t go in the dryer, but we didn’t have an option before. Yes, we could have added a pull down wall mount version, but I love that these are discreet when not in use. More than anything, we built the cabinets, so we easily added the option.
Even when fully extended, there’s a little more than two feet of space to get around.
Like the kitchen and master bath, all drawers and doors are soft close. It’s a small feature that is just so nice to have; no more accidentally slamming anything shut.
Before we can call this room finished, we still have a few things to finish up. Two more drawers to build, a cabinet will go above the freezer, a panel to cover the top of the dryer, countertops/sink/faucet to install. Baseboard and crown can go in soon and then it’s fill, caulk, prime, and paint.
Even with those lingering tasks, how about a side by side to show just how far we’ve come in five months.
Guys, we have floors that don’t feel gross underfoot. We’ll have counter space by the sink to actually set stuff like soap. No more mirror to creep everyone out.