Most homeowners would agree that any major change that you make to the layout of your home should add both value and convenience, and few changes can as big a difference in your weekly routine as expanding your laundry room.
Of course, in many cases, your laundry room may not be located in a space in your home that is desirable or that allows easy expansion. Turning your garage into a laundry room can serve as a great solution to these problems.
1. A Laundry Room in the Garage Adds Usability to Your Home
These days, most families tend to use their front door quite infrequently, and the door between your garage and the home fields a lot more foot traffic. You’ll often see spacious homes advertised online and on TVs with elaborate mudrooms to accommodate this trend, but that’s not always possible.
By moving your laundry to the garage, you can create a space in your home that makes it easy to discard dirty clothes and shoes, keep dirt and debris out of the home, and add a faux-mudroom with the expense of building an addition or knocking down interior walls.
But before you can make your garage laundry space a reality, you’ll need to make sure that your electricity and plumbing are set up to handle your washer and dryer, as well as other appliances you might want to add.
2. Choose Flooring You Want to Add for Your Laundry Space
Whether you want a relatively spare or more elaborate laundry room design is entirely up to you. However, having new flooring added to your garage can make a world of difference in the upkeep needed in the long-run.
Although a concrete floor may seem hardier than other surfaces, repeated exposure to water can damage the concrete and lead to cracks in the surface that will require costly repairs.
There are multiple ways you can address this potential issue with new flooring, but your best options are using a water-resistant epoxy coating or interlocking garage floor tiles. Both of these flooring options offer great protection from moisture damage and are feasible do-it-yourself options.
3. Get Multiple Quotes for Adding Water and Power Sources
Being able to gain more space to do the weekly laundry load or just moving the laundry room out of the basement may be enough incentive to accept almost any price tag. But, you don’t want to overpay on this project, as one of the major benefits of it is that it can be more cost-effective than other methods of gaining space inside your home.
You’ll need to make sure that you have a water hookup as well as a power source whether gas or electrical (depending on the type of machines you have) and finding reliable contractors will be well worth it in the long-run to avoid issues with plumbing or faulty wiring.
Having your laundry set up in the garage can be an advantage in that you’ll avoid potential flooding from your washing machine, but that doesn’t mean you want to test fate.
Make sure to get multiple quotes on what it would cost to add these lines if your garage doesn’t already have them. You may have to pay up to $2,000 depending on how complicated the electrical and plumbing work that you need.
However, by having an open-plan laundry space in the garage, you’ll save on some of the more costly remodeling expenses. Consider consulting with an “appliance specialist,” who will have the skills and tools to properly install both machines and their hookups and potentially charge you a reduced, bundled price.
You may also want to consider adding a sink and/or mini washing station to your laundry room, which can make it easier to hand wash clothes and provide a convenient place to bathe pets. This could be as simple as adding a hose attachment to the water supply to use with a portable sink/pet bath or as fancy as a full-on pet shower.
4. Install Your Laundry Machines to Measure for Storage
Once you have your laundry machines installed in their new locations, you’ll be able to strategize what kinds of storage will work best for the new space.
Waiting to choose your storage may seem inconvenient, as you’ll likely want to start using your new laundry space as soon as possible, but it will prevent you from making costly mistakes, especially if your machines end up sitting further apart or away from the wall than you originally expected, leaving less room for vehicles and other belongings in your garage.
When looking at your space think about how and when your family does laundry to get an idea of the kinds of storage you need to add to or replace what you may have used in your old laundry room. Having the right amount and type of storage can make organizing your family’s various laundry piles, clothes hampers, detergents, and other cleaning supplies a lot easier.
Don’t think you have to go overboard on your budget here. Simple solutions like adding stackable storage racks that surround your laundry machines can make a world of difference.
5. Add Finishing Touches to Make a Stress-Free Laundry Room
After deciding on basic storage options, make sure to incorporate any extras that will add convenience, and simplify your daily routines. Something as basic as having enough shoe racks to neatly organize all of your family’s shoes can minimize clutter and help your laundry space feel less cramped, even if it’s sharing the garage with several other functions of the home.
When customizing your new laundry room to your life, consider adding some of the following:
- Dehumidifier – to keep moisture from ruing dirty clothes in the hamster
- Drying rack
- Clothing rack – to hang clothes on their way to the dry cleaner’s
- Cubby shelving
- Storage bins – to neatly pack away out-of-season clothes and shoes
- Floating shelves – to store detergents and stain removers conveniently above the washing machine
- Coat hooks
At the end of the day, the right this to add to your laundry room is whatever will make your new laundry room easier to use and keep clean long-term. Once you find the set up that worlds best for your family, you’ll wonder how you ever got laundry done without all the space and convenience.