Remodeling Stories: Updating the Main Floor Laundry Room

The appeal of a laundry room on the main floor is understandable, especially if the alternative is doing laundry in a dark, dingy, unfinished basement.  This main floor laundry is front and center in this 1973 ranch house.  Directly opposite the front door and visible from everywhere, this room had to both look presentable as well as function as more than just a space to wash clothes.

The original ‘70’s cabinetry and outdated utility sink had to go, along with the refrigerator and the unecessary door to the outside.  

Before photo of the Laundry Room with old laminate cabinets from the 1970's.


Before photo of the Laundry Room with the old laundry room sink. It's seen better days.

The footprint needed to remain the same, a washer, dryer and sink were necessary as well as additional pantry storage.The door to the exterior was replace with a large window, which allowed for a top loading washer, which the homeowner preferred.  

The After photo of the renovated main floor Laundry Room with new cabinetry from Dura Supreme.

The additional counter space to the right of the sink provides a folding area, and the single bowl sink can serve as a laundry sink or prep sink when entertaining.

Instead of the traditional, tall pantry cabinets or standard bases and wall cabinets,  a combination of drawer bases, a wood top  and wall cabinets installed directly above the drawers creates a “built-in” look.  This area provides food storage as well as a spot for extra glassware and entertaining pieces.

A non traditional pantry located in the main floor laundry room to add additonal storage near the kitchen.

What was once a very generic, utilitarian space is now both stylish and functional.

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