Today I wanted to finish sharing the inside spaces we updated in our new home last fall. All of these projects were done together, which was a lot of decisions all at once, but it was less painless in the long-run. This home has the laundry room right off the kitchen, something I loved for convenience, but it wasn’t at all functional. The only storage in the space was behind the door to the room, it was almost impossible to access.
We added a new stackable washer and dryer, which gave us enough space to install new cabinetry with a counter to fold laundry items. I also moved the microwave into this room (which is great, as it frees up space in the rest of the kitchen) and we added a built-in icemaker. I waffled on that up until the very end, it seemed a little over the top, but honestly with teenage boys around it’s the best. I don’t regret it at all, it is so nice to never run out of ice.
The space is very functional, but I admit I haven’t put any decorative touches on it. Someday I may add some fun wallpaper? The room also serves the purpose of overflow for appliances, like my juicer and food saver that don’t get everyday use. The lower cabinets are great storage for household items like batteries, lightbulbs, medicines and such that didn’t fit well in the kitchen. I hung a drying rod by just cutting down a wood closet rod and mounting it to the wall and cabinet so I could hang delicate items.
When I shared photos of the kitchen, I got questions about where our refrigerator was. I had it moved across the kitchen and recessed back into the space where the hidden/inaccessible closet was, this gave me so much more counter space in the main kitchen. The laundry room is behind the doors above, the crystal door knobs are available here.
When they opened up the walls, there was just enough space left to hang this Elfa storage rack where the closet had been. I asked the contractor to punch through the adjacent wall under the back stairs which gave us even more storage. While the space isn’t pretty, it is gives me a spot for vacuums, our steam cleaner and other cleaning items and overflow paper goods. We call it our Harry Potter closet (as in under the stairs!), I am all about using every bit of space and this was an enclosed area that was going to waste.
I still have to share our outside patio now that the weather is getting nice again, but this concludes the major home projects we completed last fall. Nothing else major is on our agenda, I am happy to be able to live in the house without construction going on for the time being! If you missed any of the updates on our renovations, they are all below.
Our Newly Remodeled Kitchen (Part 2-the Details)
For more laundry room ideas, you can see the space we redid and added inexpensive cabinets to in our last home here.
So nice! Having extra storage space is always wonderful! I love the Elfa unit ~ have one on the inside of my pantry door. Really thinking I need another one for a small closet. 😁
They are great for extra storage arent’ they?
Very clever of you to have that Harry Potter closet.! No one will ever see it but you probably! lol
Your laundry space is very nice, love the color of your cabinets and for the first time ever I’m going to have to buy stackable washer and dryer because we’re downsizing a lot. You have done a lot of renovations that turned out great. Enjoy!.
Thank you so much. I really like the stackables, it saves so much space!