Putting In A Laundry Room? Avoid These 4 Mistakes

Posted on: 2 July 2015

When you've decided to do some remodeling, putting in a new laundry room may seem like an easy addition to your plans. However, it is important that you spend as much time planning your laundry room as you do with the rest of your home. Here are some mistakes to avoid making when you put in a laundry room. 

Not Getting a Permit

You might not think you need a permit to put in a laundry room, but in many cities and towns you need a permit whenever any construction work is being done. If you avoid getting a required permit, you may be subject to heavy fines. Go to your town's construction office and talk to them about any permits or variances you might need in order to proceed with your laundry room.

Ignoring Proper Ventilation

One of the things that is easy to forget about when adding a laundry room is proper ventilation. You need to be sure to include air vents or a window, if possible. The washing machine and dryer can generate a lot of humidity, and lack of good airflow throughout the room can lead to unwanted moisture. Eventually that could lead to the growth of mold in your brand-new laundry room.

Not Installing a Floor Drain with Proper Sloping

It is a good idea to consider having a floor drain installed so that overflowing water from an appliance failure can be carried out of the room. For this reason, it is important that the floor slopes toward the drain. A flat floor would hold any water on the floor, which could damage the floor below if the laundry room is on the second floor. If the floor slopes away from the drain, any water can end up damaging the walls of the room.

Forgetting About Extra Space

When designing your laundry room, you are sure to remember that you need to fit a washer and dryer in the room. However, what about everything else that needs to go in there? Avoid making the mistake of not planning for extra space in your laundry room. You need room for shelving, hampers, ironing boards, a table to fold clean clothes and somewhere to hang clothes up. You might even want to put in an laundry sink. Give yourself some extra space to that you don't feel cramped in there; plan for the things that you'll need and space to walk around.

Use the tips in this article to help you put in a new laundry room. Work closely with a general contractor, such as those at BretMend Inc, to ensure that you avoid any problems along the way.


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