I live in a 1968 architect-built modernist house. It is a fantastic home situated on a 3+ acre wood lot with breathtaking views of the Hartford skyline and surrounding hills, but is a bit short on storage and convenience. In an effort to improve livability, I decided to convert a small bedroom located directly across the hall from the kitchen into a combination laundry, pantry and dog room.
The kitchen is all original, featuring custom cabinetry finished in four shades of green and yellow laminate, so I decided to keep the laundry neutral. The glossy white cabinets are by Ikea. In an effort to save on cost, I opted to go with Formica brand acrylic countertops. I selected a green glass mosaic backsplash to tie the room in with the kitchen. The deep stainless steel sink is by Kraus. The pull-down faucet and soap dispensers are by Danze. The new laundry features a large folding area over the washer and dryer; a raised feeding area for my Golden Retriever, Jake; pull-out storage for dog food; a small refrigerator for canned dog food, frozen treats, etc, which also comes in very handy for spill-over from the kitchen fridge; and a large broom closet. A 10 foot sliding glass door opens out to a balcony with beautiful views of the surrounding mature woods, bringing in more greens from the outdoors.
I installed LED strip lighting beneath the upper cabinets, but the glass wall provides so much natural light, that I rarely need to turn them on. I also installed LED strip lighting in Jake's feeding area. The laundry also provides invaluable prep space when there are too many chefs in the kitchen! I have done extensive renovation to this home, but the laundry/pantry/dog room has proven, by far, to be the most valuable addition.
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The new laundry/pantry/dog room was constructed in a small bedroom located directly across the hall from the kitchen. Because the original kitchen is fitted with custom cabinetry, finished in four shades of greens and yellows, I decided to keep the laundry neutral. A green glass mosaic tile backsplash was added to add a splash of color and tie the laundry into the kitchen.
The raised dog feeding area was lined with the waterproof countertop material, and features LED strip lighting.
The high gloss white cabinets are by Ikea. The tall cabinet to the left of the dog feeding area features slide-out dog food storage. The countertops are Formica brand Acrylic solid surface.
As an added benefit, the laundry has proven to serve as valuable extra food preparation space when there are too many cooks in the kitchen.
A 10 foot wide sliding glass door opens to a balcony. It provides fantastic natural light, and ties the room in with the natural greens from the surrounding mature woods.
The 30" deep counter over the washer and dryer provides a convenient folding area, and the slide-out baskets are used as hampers. The refrigerator was installed primarily for storage of dog food, but also provides valuable over-flow space for the kitchen refrigerator, particularly when we are entertaining. The large closet provides plenty storage for cleaning supplies, and also features hanging space for laundry.
The deep stainless steel sink is by Kraus. Faucet and soap dispensers by Danze.