It is now August and we are well under way, and it is taking longer than planned - but not than anticipated. Scheduling of a plumber, electrician and carpenter in the right order for the various tasks is the challenge. I was going to hold off and share everything at the end of the project but instead I am sharing at a midway report. As a reminder this is what my laundry/pantry looked like....
Although it looks like a basement, it isn't. We live in a passive solar berm house with the first floor backed into the hill. This room is right off my kitchen/hall area.
And this is the plan...
With all these beautiful cabinets...
And this is where we are today.....
Most of the sheet rocking is done and two coats of spackle have been applied.
Here are some process photos....
This is the room after emptying it out. Right now our family room is filled with my pantry- all in labeled Rubbermaid tubs. We have stayed operational but it isn't pretty! I'll have to get a photo to share before I'm done.
We have had extensive plumbing and electrical upgrades installed including:
- Rearranging the plumbing and moving a lot of it into the walls.
- Getting a new pressure tank.
- Installing a whole house sediment and odor/taste filtration system for water
- Moving and upgrading the washer plumbing
- Adding outlets everywhere, and increased lighting
The sheet rock in the main area is done but the little utility room in the back corner still has a lot of things yet to happen.
- Install a bigger electrical panel on Tuesday- no electrcity for 4 hours
- Remove plumbing elements on Wednesday AM - No water for 3 days!
- Sheetrock and tape the back corner
- Lay flooring on Thursday and tape back corner again
- Paint back corner on Friday AM
- Install new water heater and move rest of plumbing back on Friday afternoon.
- Have water again by Friday suppertime!
Below is the view from my kitchen- slightly distorted. Any photography of this tiny space requires a wide angle lens and distortion.
Progress is definitely being made. I am very pleased with the direction things are going. I do lay awake at night worrying about details. I have several design challenges lurking that we have just pushed off until we have a better understanding of the space. The biggest is the opening between the laundry and utility area. I have always planned that to be sliding doors that can easily be removed to allow for maintenance access. In reality the sliding doors won't work because of spacing issues. So we are looking at alternatives.
I am considering the sliding curtain panels from IKEA or a bamboo panel curtain. With any solution it will require some creativity.
The ironing board that folds out of the closet is going to be a challenge as well.
All things considered, things are going well. We have had our share of electrical surprises and it will be good to correct those. This should be the challenging week without water for 3 days - like last year after the hurricane!
Other Laundry Room Redesign Posts:
- 1. The BIG Project • Laundry/Utility/Pantry
- 2. Scary Laundry Room
- 3. Collecting Laundry Rooms Ideas
- 4. Laundry Room Progess
- 5. Laundry Room • Fold Down Ironing Boards
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