Thinking a Laundry Renovation?
If you have a small cluttered space that is not fit for purpose, we have good news. We can help you design a laundry that works for you – so no more dreading laundry day. A well-planned laundry renovation can actually help simplify your life and provide extra storage for linen, clothing and other household products.
Laundry Renovation Tips – What You Need to Think About
When it comes to planning your laundry renovation, there are a number of practical considerations you need to think about, including:
TIP 1: Get your Laundry Layout Right
The layout of your laundry should be practical to streamline your workload and workflow. Think about how you want to use the space and what tasks you will be doing the most often – most likely washing, drying and folding laundry. Things to consider include where your appliances will live – side by side, stacked or wall mounted. We can help you work out the most sensible layout for your space.
TIP 2: Laundry Ventilation is Crucial
Your laundry needs good ventilation, especially if you are running a dryer and/or your room does not have an external window or door. Ideally, you should vent directly outside to prevent an excess of moisture from building up in the home. The most obvious way to vent a room is via a window, but if you don’t have one then you will need to install ducting to the outdoors.
TIP 3: Custom Laundry Cabinetry and Shelving
Custom, built-in cabinetry is a great way of giving your laundry an uncluttered feel, and you can even hide your appliances behind a built in. If you do opt to conceal your appliances just remember to think about ventilation. You will need moisture resistant cabinetry and shelving for a laundry for maximum durability and to ensure no water damage occurs over time. The option is to have stainless steel shelving, which is great to allow linen to dry. The most popular cabinetry options for a laundry include overhead or eye-level cupboards, benchtop cabinets, a tall broom or ironing board cupboard, and base cabinets.
TIP 4: Laundry Benchtops and Workspace
To maximise workspace you can install engineered stone like Caesarstone or Quantum Quartz benchtops in your laundry, to provide a surface suitable for ironing, folding or storage. A lot of our clients opt for engineered stone as it looks fantastic, is non-porous, and really durable – which makes it the perfect laundry benchtop surface for a wet environment. You also have the option of laminate, which comes in a variety of surface styles, and is more cost effective. As long as you do not flood laminate it will hold up just fine in a laundry – and last for many years.
TIP 5: Look at your Laundry Plumbing
You need to think carefully about plumbing in your laundry, especially if you are reconfiguring the layout of your laundry. It makes sense to hide all your washing machine hoses for a sleeker, streamlined look, and have the washer outlet plumbed into your laundry tub under the cabinet. All your plumbing needs to meet the Plumbing Code of Australia (PCA), which is the technical standard for all plumbing and drainage work in NSW. We only use the top local tradies, so you can rest assured that everyone who works on your plumbing is licensed by NSW Fair Trading.
TIP 6: Accessories make Laundry Day Easier
An efficient laundry needs the right accessories to help make laundry day – and all the other jobs that get done here – easy. Here you can think about installing things like a drying rack, retractable clothesline, and laundry bins. There are also lots of small storage solutions available to help keep all your laundry accessories neat and tidy.
TIP 7: Legal Laundry Waterproofing
Like a bathroom, your laundry is also classed as a ‘wet area’ so it needs to be waterproofed according to Australian Standard AS3740-201 (Waterproofing of domestic wet areas). This includes the walls adjacent to the laundry basin and the floor.
TIP 8: Practical Laundry Flooring
You also need to think about a practical flooring choice, which is water-resistant, easy to clean and durable. We advise against installing solid hardwood or laminate flooring as they are all an impractical choice for a wet area. Rather go for tile, which is durable and cost-effective which you can also use behind your benchtop and/or laundry sink/tub.