———Basement Laundry Room Renovation——-
Whew! Today’s post is a big one! For the past five years, my husband and I have lived in a 1969 ranch style home in Cascade, Michigan, and while we have put a lot of love into every inch of the main level, the unfinished basement had been… neglected. Usually, that wouldn’t be that big of a deal because who spends a lot of time in their unfinished basement, anyway? BUT! In our house, you enter into the home from the garage at basement level, so every day when I would leave and come home, I would walk through the ugliest room in our home - the laundry room. When I say ugly, I mean ugly. I’m pretty embarrassed to even show you the ‘before’ photos and admit that we lived with this for 5 years, but it was such a big, daunting project that it took us that long to face it head on.
BUT! This winter we decided to finally take the plunge, and the first week in January we said WE’RE DOING IT! To give you an idea of the layout of the space, the room was shaped like a ‘U’. On the left side of the U was the workshop, and on the right ride of the U was the laundry room. At the bottom of the U was the entrance into the home from the garage. So, we decided to build some walls and make a backwards L shaped room where the bottom of the L is the entrance from the garage and a mudroom, and the laundry room on the right side of the backwards L. Okay - now that I’ve officially confused you, let’s take a look at some photos!
Okay, now that we have that out of the way, and you have all judged me for my terribly ugly, no good, very bad laundry room, let’s get to the good stuff! We hired an electrician to wire the can lights in our new space and replace the entire electrical panel on our home. We also had the flooring installed. Aside from that, my husband and I tackled the entire renovation including framing, drywall, painting, cabinetry install, trim install, tiling, countertops, plumbing, and oh! I’m sure I’m missing something! It was a lot of work, but what else is there to do during the winter in Michigan?
Remember those oak doors I bought? Here’s where the genius space planning comes in. When the doors are closed, it closes off the unfinished workshop. When they are open, it allows a large space for my husband to get long lumber into the workshop and closes off the shoe closet and coat closet so sawdust doesn’t get on our things when he’s working! Admittedly, I don’t actual love the look of sliding barn doors for our 1969 ranch because - umm… it’s not a farmhouse. But, in this case, we didn’t have room for full swing doors and the functionality of the sliding doors won over the aesthetic of them.
Okay … are you ready to see the AFTER photos!? I can’t wait for you to see it! But first let’s take one more quick look at the BEFORE.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. Autumn… where is the microwave!? What laundry room is complete without a well-planned spot for the microwave!? Well. You better believe I had our electrician put an outlet inside of that tall cabinet….
This room feels like it was always meant to be this way. We had a lot of obstacles to work around with the existing mechanicals on top of a structural pole in the middle of the room, and I’m so pleased with how it all laid out. We have a lot of pride in the space having done the work ourselves, but also… maybe someone else can do the work next time? I’m exhausted. Who wants to come do laundry?!