Pretty and practical Laundry Room Redo


After-hours Laundry Room in Period Flair

You don’t need to make utility rooms look utilitarian. Chuck and Claudia Jepsen have a light-filled laundry area on the second floor in their 1887 Queen Anne in Stamford, Connecticut. It was not only unsanitary, but also inefficient. The washer and dryer were to be moved in order to make the garage a reality.

Shown: It is now a single-room space that can hold a washer/dryer, a sink and storage cabinets. The room is also filled with natural sunlight.

Tiny, Dated Spaces: Before

They had an adorable little upstairs space with an attached half-bath that was right next to the bedrooms. This proved to be a great location. The bathroom wall was taken down and the space opened up for laundry machines. There were two windows, a sink, a folding counter and cabinets on the opposite wall. The exterior walls of cold climates are kept off by running plumbing lines from the kitchen to the half wall that is between the washer/dryer. The room has a period feel thanks to the original windows and moldings, beadboard wainscoting, and cabinet doors. Claudia also collects some of these items.

A Laundry Makeover Practical Functional
A Laundry Makeover Practical Functional

It combines convenience with charm. Chuck comments, “I like the fact that it doesn’t feel too industrial when you walk into it.” It’s seamlessly integrated with the rest.

The bathroom wall contained one of two large double-hungs.

Cabinets for Clean Laundry

Clean laundry and linens are kept clean in beadboard-front cabinets.

Antique Sewing-Machine Table

A vintage sewing machine base, topped with marble, can be used as a table. Modern machines can be swapped in as necessary.

Carrara Marble Washer Drain

The code required that the upstairs washer be placed over a drain. Instead of using a plastic drain pan, they made one from Carrara marble to match the countertops.

Pan and countertop: Dushi Marble & Granite Stamford, CT

Floor plan before + after

Combining two rooms makes them more useful as a laundry room.

1. The washer and dryer were placed between the existing windows. To keep the plumbing from freezing and protect it from freezing, we added a half-wall between them.

2. The corner half-bath was removed and a sewing area was created in its place.

3. An L-shaped bank with cabinets was installed on the wall to the right of the windows. A laundry sink was added for spot treatment and folding.

4. Conserved existing doorway, wood floor, curved wall. Wainscoting was added throughout.

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