So…a couple days ago, Andrew decided to demolish our almost-perfectly-good-laundry room.
Took it right down to the studs.
In his defense, it really was the right thing to do, at the right time–which just happened to be an inconvenient time. Ideally, it would have been great to use the laundry room as-is until we side the house, THEN begin giant laundry room remodel project.
However, I haven’t been able to actually DO any laundry, because we have an electric dryer and the hook-up is for gas. We had an electrician come at the end of last week to install a plug for us, and his inability to fix the problem that day (turns out that directly below the laundry room is a walled-off area in the basement which prevented him from working) was a blessing in disguise.
Andrew started poking around in the laundry room, and the more he saw, the more he disliked. It was full of shoddy construction, cruddy built-in cabinets and it was super cramped. We’d thought of taking the door out before (hence waiting until we side the house) to make more room in there, but shelved the idea for now in favor of getting laundry capability sooner rather than later.
Well, it was now-or-never on the laundry room re-d0, and I chose to lose my door (there are three OTHER doors to use to get into the house) and my utility sink (sad, but I have one in the basement, so I can’t complain too much), in favor of getting A TON more space and changing the set-up from a galley-style, narrow room to a more square version.
Andrew has taken almost all the drywall down and has to do all the plumbing and electrical work (putting it all inside the wall rather than outside, like it was before), before he can put up new drywall.
I won’t have laundry for a little while, but it’ll be worth it in the end to have a roomy workspace and not feel claustrophobic every time I go in there! I have extra paint from the kitchen, entryway and dining room, so I’m sure I’ll use some of that to paint in there and make it bright and happy. There is even enough room for a small cart for some extra storage since we won’t be putting up cabinets. The blue tape shows where a window will be (yay for natural light!), and I’ll have a bar going the length of the room on which I can hang clothes that don’t go in the dryer.
Thankfully, I have the option to do laundry at Andrew’s parents’ house just down the road until this room becomes functional…