The Flip: The Laundry Room, Then & Now

So far on our tour of the flip we’ve checked out the dining room, the great room and the jack ‘n jill bathroom.  Next up . . . the laundry room!

The Flip: The Laundry Room, Then & Now

It’s hard to get too excited about a laundry room, but this one actually underwent some changes that dramatically improved the flow of the house.

If you check out the floor plan below, which is how the house used to look before the renovation, you can see that the only access to the fourth bedroom used to be through the laundry room.

The Flip's Floor Plan

Isn’t that weird?  I know I would feel strange sticking a kid or a guest in that room, all by their lonesome.  So we decided that needed to change.

After tons of deliberation (and lots of consultation with wise folks like my mom), we figured out a way to make that crazy laundry room / 4th bedroom dilemma work out.  Basically, we moved the doorway (leading from the kitchen to the laundry room) about 3 feet to the left and pushed the south wall of the 4th bedroom out about 2 feet – this gave us enough room to create kind of a vestibule or tiny hallway between the kitchen, laundry room and 4th bedroom, and eliminating all of that weirdness.  Now the 4th bedroom has a proper entrance from the hallway!

The Flip: The Laundry Room, Then & Now

We also had a closet removed from the laundry room that was accessible only from the garage – it was eating up valuable floor space that we needed after we pushed out the wall of the 4th bedroom.  But we left part of one of the closet walls still standing so that you aren’t greeted by the side of the dryer as soon as you walk into the laundry room.

Anyhoo, enough explanations – here’s how the laundry room used to look as you entered from the kitchen:

The Flip: The Laundry Room, Then & Now

The Flip: The Laundry Room, Then & Now

And here’s how it looks now.

The Flip: The Laundry Room, Then & Now

The garage is to the left on the other side of the partition wall, and the vestibule area is through that open door at the end of the laundry room – you can see it to the left of the cabinetry in the photo below.


And that’s how we made the 4th bedroom much more friendly, while still leaving lots of space in the laundry room!

We wanted to make sure the laundry room looked nice and was super functional, since we figured the future buyers would pretty much always use the laundry room to come in and out of their home.  At least, that’s what we do.  What about you?

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  1. Joan says:

    That was a pretty complicated alteration! Definitely an improvement! Almost everyone comes and goes through our laundry room, because it is the shortest path to the cars. My entry is pretty snazzy, but no one ever uses it. So, cheers to you for improving your laundry room in both looks and functionality. I presume all of us have at least one feature in our homes that makes us think, “Whatever were they thinking when they designed it THIS way!?!”

  2. Tonya says:

    I never thought I’d get excited over a laundry room, but I am! I love it!

  3. Sharon says:

    I love the tiles, are they ceramic?
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    • Liz - It's Great To Be Home says:

      They’re travertine! I forget what the exact name is, but they’re a mid-range travertine found at Floor & Decor. :)

  4. Amazing. Great work with the movement of the door. The other layout was just silly.

    And those doors? Love them.

    Show me the bedroom. Puhhhlease?

  5. christy says:

    Totally awesome re-design Liz. I’m impressed. Yep, we use our garage access – which leads straight into our kitchen! :)

  6. Stephanie says:

    Just found your blog!! You have done a great job with the renovation…can’t wait to see more!

  7. You made very wise choices. It is a beautiful laundry area, I would love it!
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  8. Cora says:

    Great redo Liz! Quick question: did you repaint the wall cabinets? I’ve been staring at the before and afters trying to figure out if you replaced the cabinets doors. Amazing work and thanks for sharing.

    • Liz - It's Great To Be Home says:

      Yes! They were repainted, but not replaced – actually, keep your eyes peeled for a post about that later this afternoon. :)

  9. LAH says:

    Can you really still “flip” nowadays? Isn’t is more like a giant, very slow “heave-ho?”

    • Liz - It's Great To Be Home says:

      Ha! You’re totally right, that’s probably a more accurate description – but it doesn’t have quite the same ring to it. :)