Wait, your laundry room doesn’t look just like this???
A house without an indoor laundry room is a huge negative when selling your house. Finding the washer and dryer in the garage is not uncommon in many of the older Houston neighborhoods like Montrose, the Heights, or Oak Forest. The house in Memorial I grew up in had the laundry in the garage and believe me it is a pain in the butt! It’s probably no surprise that house has now been replaced with a McMansion. (And no, I am not bitter that my dad sold the house at all.) Not every house has the luxury of creating a legitimate laundry room, but with a little creativity most homes can accommodate some small area to fit a washer and dryer.
Adding a laundry station into a closet, bathroom, or mudroom is easier today with the availability of more compact or stackable units. Here are some things you need to consider to make this change as functional and efficient as possible:
1. Keep in mind that a washer and dryer will weigh about 300 lbs. If adding your units to a second story you need to make sure the floor can bear the load. The floor and wall might need reinforcement.
2. Remember the dryer must vent outside. Positioning your units on an exterior wall is key to keep the ductwork as short as possible. Also remember the dryer will blow out hot air and lint so avoid venting it out to your patio that you love to sit on every morning. Unless you love the smell of dryer sheets like I do!
3. Consider the noise factor. Some machines are noisier than others. You can minimize the noise by placing them in a closed off room like a bathroom, weather stripping the doors, and placing the units on rubber mats.
4. Additional plumbing might be needed. Remember, the washer needs to be hooked up with a hot and cold water line. It also needs to drain somewhere. You might need to add or reroute some plumbing lines to accommodate your addition. An ideal situation would be to place the units near some existing plumbing.
5. Piggybacking this project onto another renovation will likely save you time and money. If you are remodeling a bathroom, this might be the time to consider also adding the indoor laundry area that will greatly impact the liquidity of your property.