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Hello! Welcome to my blog. My name is Col. I live in Perth and I have a passion for construction. I am pretty useless when it comes to construction work so I tend to leave it to the experts. However, I find that there is nothing more pleasing than seeing a team of construction workers complete a job. Over the years, I have hired many different types of construction worker and they have all taken the time to chat with me. During these conversations, I have learnt so pretty interesting things which I will be exploring on this blog. Enjoy!

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Ways To Integrate A Laundry Into A Bathroom

Ethan Burton

Washing machines and dryers, stand-out utilitarian appliances, are essential parts of a laundry. A laundry not only houses these but all the accoutrements that go along with cleaning and ironing clothes. This translates into washing baskets, detergents and ironing boards. If you're remodelling your bathroom to include laundry elements, you need to find a way to stop them taking over so that your bathroom looks spa-like rather than coin laundry-like. 

Behind Closed Doors

One way to do this is by concealment; to simply combine the laundry items into one area of the bathroom and to hide them behind closed doors. The placement depends on your bathroom; one option is to reserve a room end for the laundry and to tidily fence it off with concertina or bi-fold doors that fold back on themselves, so not taking up bathroom space.

Alternatively, smart custom cabinetry can be built along a side wall or just before the bathroom entryway, incorporating sliding baskets for easy loading and unloading of clothes, and pull out ironing boards and benchtops. To preserve space, a front-loading washing machine and dryer can be stacked atop one another, or a combined washer/ dryer will save even more space. All of which can just be hidden behind closed cabinet doors when not in use.

In A Corner Nook

Rather than concealing the laundry elements, another option is to neatly tuck them into a bathroom corner, by constructing a narrow vertical partition, the depth of the appliances. Installing shelves above a combined washer/ dryer, with the vertical partition, will neatly fence off a laundry alcove. This brings all the laundry elements into the one clearly delineated area, rather than randomly interspersing them among the bathroom elements.

Under A Benchtop

A different approach is to fit laundry appliances and storage underneath a benchtop, which has the effect of neatly containing them. The simplest method is to set the bench on fitted wall brackets, several centimetres above the appliances; providing handy folding space. Or else the washer, dryer and storage could be incorporated underneath custom-built countertops and surrounding cabinetry.

The laundry benchtop could be positioned on one side of the room and the bathroom benchtop and vanity on the other side. Or, in the case of one long countertop, the laundry elements could be positioned at one end, and the bathroom basin and vanity at the other end. The benchtop need not run in a straight line; a corner countertop is another possibility. 

Emphasise The Bathroom Elements 

Now that the laundry items are hidden away or integrated, the attractive bathroom elements need to be emphasised so that the room is reminiscent of a spa retreat and not a working laundry. Makeover the room with beautiful tiles, a sleekly modern shower, a decorative mirror and luxurious natural stone look flooring; these attractive elements will draw attention away from the functional laundry elements.

Installing a dimmer will allow for bright lighting when working in the laundry, and soft ambient light for bathing and relaxing. Task lighting around mirrors and benches will help make the room more versatile and suited to different uses. An expert in residential home renovations can provide other ideas on how to combine a bathroom and laundry.


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