The ultimate guide to renovating your laundry

It's time to give your laundry a little love and create a space you want to be in.

We spend a lot of time in our laundries, and for most, it's not the most exciting room of the house. However, as an essential space in the home it is deserving of some attention. 

Thankfully, the team behind Three Birds Renovations have been flipping houses for five years and know a thing or two about changing up a room.

Lana, co-founder and marketing director says the most important thing about a laundry is that it works well for you.

"Laundry design is a really personal thing," she explains.

"What works for one family, likely won’t be the right solution for the next."

Here are the important things to consider before you take on the task of renovating your laundry.

Do:

Consider tiling

"Laundries are considered wet spaces so tiles are a great choice of flooring for this room," Lana says. So it's not only important to find a tile that you like, but one that is easy to clean and relatively smudge free. 

"Tiles are also used for splashbacks, skirting and full walls too– your imagination (and budget!) is the only limit."

Choose appliances first

This step is more important than you think. The size and functionality of your appliances will dictate the design of your cabinetry. There's nothing worse than trying to make something work in a space that simply wasn’t designed for it. 

"We love a front loader because we prefer how they look and they can also be stacked or under-bench to save on space," Lana says. 

Although it can take time, it's important to do your homework and find appliances that suit your lifestyle and your space.

Ensure good ventilation

"Of all the rooms in the house, the laundry probably needs ventilation the most," Lana says.

"Good airflow will help keep it free from dreaded moisture and mould. An external window or door works best – especially a window that can be locked open while you are out."

If you don't have a window in your laundry keep the door open as often as possible and surrounding windows open. Otherwise consider installing a ceiling fan.

Light it up

It's surprising how light can give a space a new lease of life and make everything feel fresh.

"There’s nothing less motivating than a little dark laundry," Lana says. "Light it up with adequate downlights, a skylight, or add a window."

Lighting up this space will make it more welcoming and actually make you want to spend time in there.

Don't:

Skimp on appliances and tapware

Like the kitchen and bathroom, it's not a good idea to try to save by installing cheap appliances.

"Cheap versions may save you money up-front, but down the track, you’ll be lamenting over spilt water," Lana explains.

So while you may think you are saving money in the short term, it's not a cost-effective approach in the long term.

Forget bench and storage space

The more storage space you have, the better.

"Washing powder and stain remover don’t make the prettiest accessories and your laundry will look so much better if they’re stored out of sight. And bench space for folding is always a bonus," Lana says.

In their latest home renovation, the Three Birds utilised a narrow laundry space by stacking an Electrolux 10kg washer and condenser dryer using a nifty Stacking Kit which has a pull-out bench for extra space. 

Also take into consideration other bits and pieces that you will want to store in your new space and plan for it.

Images courtesy of Thee Birds Renovations.

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