Renovation series: lessons for the laundry

Overseas it’s quite common for homes to have laundries in the kitchen, bathroom or hallway and it’s starting to happen in New Zealand too, particularly in smaller homes

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  • Wherever you have your washing machine and dryer, make sure there is good ventilation and that the dryer doesn’t steam up the whole room. Also take care with the acoustics – install noise-control walls where possible to muffle the washing machine on spin cycle.
  • A laundry is a wet area so you need to treat it that way, with surfaces and flooring that is splash and mould resistant.
  • If you have a stand-alone laundry or it’s in your garage, be smart with the space. Hang your dryer on the wall. Have a sorting space if you have the luxury so that you don’t have to fold washing inside.
  • Give yourself some cupboards or shelving to store things like cleaning products and vases away from small hands. Rail shelving (as opposed to solid wood shelving) allows air to circulate from underneath so your sheets and duvets won’t get so musty.


✔ Space planning
✔ Appliances
✔ Shelving and storage

Words by: Debbie Harrison and Lizzi Hines of Spaceworks and Room by Room. Photography by: Tom Hollow/Hollow Creative.

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