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.
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!
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:
And here’s how it looks 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?