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Project by Calmudgeon posted 05-27-2018 01:28 PM 1249 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In 2010, our basement flooded. This was the same year I was building my shop, so financial considerations dictated we had to choose which to complete that year. The shop won.

Fast forward seven years, and it was finally time to tackle the basement. Seven years is a lot of time to think about projects you’d like to incorporate. I will do a series on the entire basement. This is the first.

Essentially, i took an entire year off of doing work for other people so I could focus on doing something for us.

This room was never properly finished. Truth be told, it was an ugly mess the whole time we’ve lived in this house. A big priority in this reno was storage. We eliminated a cluttered, disorganized storage room in the reno, so we had to compensate for the loss elsewhere.

The cabinets are cherry, which I fell in love with while doing a kitchen reno for a client a few years back. The cabinets on the side with the laundry sink are custom depth to allow access in a rather restricted space, and to provide access to the electrical panel which is hidden behind a large tri-fold door at the end.

We actually removed a window in this reno (previously above the dryer) because it’s below our deck and provided very little light anyway. We just made sure there was plenty of artificial light. As you can see from the photos in which the under-cabinet lighting is turned on (LED strip lighting), between them and six LED pot lights there’s plenty of light in this room

What isn’t immediately apparent is that all the mechanical for the entire house is tucked away in those angled corners. The furnace and water heater are hidden behind the bifold doors.

And in the opposite corner, in a closet no bigger than nine square feet, we’ve crammed sump pump, central vac, water softener, RO unit, automatic sprinkler controls, ...

As you can see from the gallery photos, we tried to avoid clutter by incorporating some built-in laundry features. So the ironing board is a folding pull-out, and pull-out drying racks are handy right above the washer.

There’s also a garbage recycling unit at one end of the cupboards and dry storage for our extra flour at the other end.

In the end, a room we once avoided for its general clutter is now a room we may find ourselves lingering in. Laundry may never be a pleasant task, but at least now it’s not a nasty one.

Thanks for looking. Questions and constructive criticism always welcome.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang





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Calmudgeon

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#1 posted 05-27-2018 01:32 PM

I should probably point out that the photos taken with the under-cabinet lighting turned on were probably a mistake, as it really messes with the exposure and makes the rest of the room look rather dim.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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woodbutcherbynight

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#2 posted 05-27-2018 01:58 PM

Looks great! Laundry rooms, or “Bonus Storage” rooms are generally a pain to work around all the stuff that gets run through them. Always fun working around all that. You have done alot of work to accommodate all that and the end result is a nice looking well organized renovation.

Great work!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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helluvawreck

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#3 posted 05-27-2018 06:05 PM

This laundry room is beautiful and so nicely done.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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Calmudgeon

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#4 posted 05-28-2018 01:25 PM

Thanks for the positive feedback, gentlemen.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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lightweightladylefty

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#5 posted 05-29-2018 03:14 AM

Extremely attractive cabinetry and nice layout and use of space. A job well done!

L/W

-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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Calmudgeon

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#6 posted 05-30-2018 02:07 PM



Extremely attractive cabinetry and nice layout and use of space. A job well done!

L/W

- lightweightladylefty


Thanks for the compliment.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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scrollingmom

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#7 posted 05-31-2018 02:50 PM

Now thats a laundry room. You’ve done a great job and should be proud of yourself.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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Calmudgeon

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#8 posted 05-31-2018 09:08 PM



Now thats a laundry room. You ve done a great job and should be proud of yourself.

- scrollingmom

Thanks for the kind words.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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gargey

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#9 posted 05-31-2018 09:30 PM

very nice!

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restored

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#10 posted 01-27-2020 11:14 PM

I LOVE it. It’s so difficult for me anyways to keep my shop clean & organized. BUT when it is, I feel Great, so much so I’m apprehensive to use it, and make more dust. Being organized is great for the mind and soul. You did a awesome job. In the proper sequence as well. Can do the laundry room if the shop isn’t up and running. Need a place to remove all the dust from your cloths. I’m looking for ideas for a DIY ironing board, anyone taken this on themselves. I’m doing a total remodel of out master walk in closet. Or my wife’s closet. It’s a 10×10 room in the connecting El to the attic in a house built in the 1780’s. Redone by the previous owners 25 years ago. Shabby work, but done in a very challenging area. Sloped ceiling 11/12 pitch, very cut up. Loving the challenge though. My wife thinks paying 125 for a ironing board is foolish. I know just in hardware, and covering material it will be 1/2 that. Again up for the challenge. I picked up about 30 sheets of 24” x 96” finished plywood, 9 play. It was a no brainer. I have a section of cabinets planned for 18” deep. Would like to pull out, fold out, and on a lazy Susan part be able to pivot the board parallel to the main cabinet. Out , flip down and rotate. Any ideas, or rough plans. Thinking 18” full extension drawer glides, brass barrel hinges and the lazy Susan dish. The ironing board about 16” wide and about 36” long. Will use a under table support for the flip down board section. COncerned about the pulling out, pivoting , and flipping down. Wondering if there will be restrictions I’m not seeing. Hate to get half complete, and then realize. THanks.
Nothing is impossible to the main who doesn’t have to do it himself. rf

-- KRT

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