I realized I haven’t really blogged about the laundry room progress in a while. I believe the last step I wrote about was Greg’s progress on the floors, which you can read about in my Handyman post. So at that point we just had an outdoor storage closet with floor joists in place.That was almost a month ago, and since then we’ve gotten the room wired for electrical, installed a pocket door, done lots of research and decided on installing a tankless water heater, and installed a window! And besides getting an electrician out to clean up the electrical jungle in there, Greg has done all the work! My husband has turned into such the handyman. Seriously. I’m so proud of him! We are thankful his good friend Aidan has chipped in to help some and given some construction input along the way, but for the most part Greg has taken this job into his own hands and is making it happen. My hubby is building me a laundry room 🙂
So let’s go back to our progress over the past month. The electrical box for the whole house is located in this space, and obviously it’s been an open-walled room since it was built, so all the wires are exposed and it was a bit of a jungle. So we got an electrician to come out and clean it up a bit. He disconnected any wires that weren’t being used anymore, and hooked us up with 2 additional outlets and a junction box for the washer and dryer. We used On Time Electric and let me tell you, there were wonderful!! He knew we were on a budget and the electrician tech was great about talking with Greg about what Greg could handle doing on his own to help save money (like drilling holes in the studs and re-running the wires so that they would actually be behind the walls (when we get ready to put sheetrock up). I came home that afternoon and the tech had already gotten started with the work (and Greg was back at work at this point), and he was SO NICE about explaining it all to me and showing me what he was doing and what he and Greg had discussed. I cannot say enough nice things about the work they did! I highly recommend them for any sort of electrical work!
The next step was getting our pocket door into place. The pocket door will go between these two built-ins in the dining room (so the laundry room will be off the back of the dining room). I know, it’s not the MOST IDEAL spot in the house, but it’s the only option we have if I want an actual room, not just a laundry nook off the kitchen (which if you remember is what we have now). So here’s the room prior to any work being done. This picture was taken a year ago and is how our front room looked prior to a March 22 when it became a construction zone 😉 This is our dining room directly off the kitchen (which is just to the left).So the botanical prints came down, and we had to rip out that storage bench between the built-ins. And all of our small tools and any DIY equipment was stored in that bench, so for the past month they have had a new home in the floor of our family room (so much fun). So while I cooked dinner one night, Greg went to town ripping out that bench. And we were really excited to see that the hardwoods continued under the bench! So all we’ll have to do is get them stained to match. Whoop whoop! And then once that space was cleared, it allowed Greg to dive into installing the pocket door. So Greg and Aidan spent a long Saturday a few weeks ago working hard installing the door while I was at work at the hospital. (Somehow all the big steps have taken place while I’m at work, so I don’t have many pictures of these steps.) But basically what they did was take out all the studs along the backside of the wall (on the closet side) where the pocket door needed to go, tear down the sheetrock in the space and installed the pocket door. So when I came home from work that evening, this is what I saw!Crazy, right!? Just wait. It gets EVEN BETTER. So I worked yesterday as well, and Greg spent another long Saturday installing a window in our new laundry room. We originally did not even discuss putting in a window, and the more I thought about it I just didn’t want a tiny dark room that felt like a dungeon. I desperately wanted a window to bring in as much light as possible into the room. So we looked at the walls inside and out and discussed our options and looked online for window sizes, and Greg figured out we could make it work. And so last night when I came home from work, I had another wonderful surprise waiting for me 🙂 Granted it was dark last night, but check it out today…
Look at all that light that streams in! I LOVE IT! And the view is pretty nice. By doing it on this wall there is enough distance between our house and the neighbors behind us that I don’t have to do much as far as window treatments go. Maybe just something sheer or just a little valence of some sort.
And since we’ll be getting a tankless hot water heater (which will hopefully get installed Tuesday), this space hog will be outta here. And on the opposite wall to the left will be our washer and dryer.
Oh and here’s the view from the outside (before and after). It’s a bit of a mess because Greg just has the plywood up right now. And the bottom portion will get some sort of crawlspace door put on it since we wanted to leave to floor open beneath to access that space if anyone needed to. And we had a debate last night about whether we would just put siding up to match the siding around the window (Greg’s thoughts) or try to find some brick to finish out the brick wall (my thoughts). We will see which option wins out 😉
Whew, that was a long post, but we’re all caught up now. Now the fun part begins…picking out cabinets and paint colors. I’m leaning towards a soft teal or robin’s egg blue color. Something light with white cabinets. Any thoughts? Looks like I’ll be creating a new board on Pinterest 😉