A laundry room was one of those weird things that was on my wish list when we were house hunting. The idea of having a space to lay our sweaters, fold towels and pull out an ironing board (without a fight) feels oddly exciting to me, so when we could make it possible, I was thrilled! Like, really, really weirdly over the moon. As you saw last week, we turned a tiny bedroom off our master into just that. But right now? Not so dreamy:
A quick question for you: How often do you see a litter box on a blog? We know, we know, contain those pinning fingers, please!
Like all the other teeny rooms in this old house, this used to be a bedroom. To this point, we took down a plastic-y bi-fold door and pulled up worn carpet, exposing ooold subfloor. The room may be small, but it’s a great – no, perfect! – space for a compact laundry room. It’s absolutely flooded with natural light all day long, since the only window isn’t blocked by a neighboring tall building (a true rarity in the city!).
Right now, the washing and drying machines are against the shared bathroom wall. To make way for the extended bathroom, we’ll need to move them – and in turn, the plumbing and venting – to the opposite wall, over here:
The drywall was boxed in at one point to make a sectioned off closet, but that will be coming down, giving us a blank slate. Aside from the plumbing for the washing machine, the contractors will make way for a tiny sink, and they’ll also re-center the ceiling fixture. All said and done, the space will be roughed in for us to finish installing the appliances, hang any cabinetry and/or shelving and lay down flooring.
Speaking of which, we’re thinking of continuing the same hardwood floors from the bedroom so that the spaces will flow nicely into one another. And, of course, just like every other room in our home, you know we’ll be replacing the baseboards, too!
The room is barely 6′ wide, and it’s really important for us to create a safe zone for our kitties, Maddie and Libby, to happily chow down and do their business. In addition to being our laundry room, this room has always pulled double duty as Cat Central, and to keep our nosy pups at bay, we’ve been using a baby gate as a partition. (Ugh, that gate!) Needless to say, we have a pocket door leading from the bed-to-laundry on the agenda, so three cheers for a real, live slab of wood!
As much as we love the look of a side-by-side washer and dryer (Julia’s laundry room, I swoon), it would leave us with virtually no lower cabinet space, and we need that space to make a kitty haven impossible. The base cabinets will became the safe zone for the litter box, so we’re planning on a stacked unit instead, and we’d love to add this cathole to the cabinet and pocket doors. The plans are still loose, but here’s where we are now:
And then we went salvage shopping a couple weeks ago (it’s our weakness, clearly!) and found this gorgeous beast:
We have 42″ of space to the left of the washer and dryer unit, and wouldn’t you know, this sink is 42″ wide! We did the math about 10 times, confirmed with Jen it would work and then we very excitedly purchased it. Yes, it needs to be reglazed, but we got it for a steal, and a handful of quick quotes on the spot from local businesses has us giddy; it was surprisingly affordable, and all said and done, we’d have the sink, faucet and countertop in one – and all for under $250. Plus, that vintage charm!
Now, we’re starting to second guess our decision. The sink is only 22″ deep, and it’s typically seen wall-mounted. We’ve been of the mindset that we could build or modify a base cabinet to fit our specific needs (you know, for the whole kitty-adventure-land), but the depth of a washer/dryer is easily 32-34″. Even with a side panel along the machines, that’s quite a difference, and it could end up looking silly – or maybe not?
What do you think? Are we missing a simple solution? Can we make this work? (Oh, please!)
To wrap up, here’s what’s next: We have an estimated date of December 1st-ish for the contractors to begin, and in the meantime, we start making tough decisions on a tub, toilet and fixtures. We have a list of need-to-haves before the contractors begin, and if we’re being honest, it’s a tall order to squeeze into a couple of weeks – especially with a Thanksgiving break in the middle. But my goodness, we couldn’t be more motivated now that this ball is rolling.