You’re not alone in your dreams of remodeling your laundry room. Many people are interested too, due to a trend towards more upscale laundry rooms. Part of this is due to the stylish design of some newer, high-end washers and dryers. In many ways, this is a positive trend; people spend time in the laundry room, and want it to be nice and cheerful.
However, moving the laundry room away from the basement has created a major fire safety issue, and there are some other very important issues to consider. First we will discuss some of the important safety and economic issues, then some ways remodeling your laundry room to make it look nicer.
In the old days, most people had their laundry room in the basement. As a result, their clothes dryer could vent outside a few feet away, which is the ideal scenario. Few people realize that their clothes dryer is a serious fire safety concern.
According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are an estimated annual 15,500 fires, 10 deaths and 10 injuries associated with the clothes dryer. Moving the laundry room away from the basement has significantly increased this risk, because it requires the venting to be longer and sometimes have more bends. This increases the chance of lint buildup, dryer overheating and fires.
Washing machine hoses failures are another major consideration. According to State Farm, washing machine hose failures cause $170 million in damages to homes in the US & Canada each year.
The third consideration is whether or not you have a septic system. If you do, you will want to install a washing machine lint filter, as lint from septic systems is a leading cause of septic system failure.
Now, for your organization and decorating tips:
1. Consider placing the laundry room near the largest source of dirty clothes. This is probably the master bedroom. A door leading from the laundry room to the master closet/dressing room is a major convenience.
2. Replace decorating your walls with bright colors.
3. Replace laminate counters with granite or other hard surface materials.
4. Add custom or high-end cabinets that provide more storage space.
5. Add closets that hide appliances when not in use.
6. Add more surface area for folding, ironing and folding clothes.
7. Updated flooring options include vinyl or tile that coordinates with wall colors.
8. Placing insulation in the walls and floor of the laundry room will help reduce noise and vibrations in the adjoining rooms.