Saturday, December 1, 2012
Laundry Rooms in the modern home
Modern Day Construction for custom homes Part 12
In today’s modern world of construction things are changing year to year faster than they did decade to decade in any other previous time period. In this multi part series I will traverse through an entire house starting with the foundation and working my way up to the roof and then to the finishing’s. I will explain what has changed in the last twenty years in custom home building.
One thing that you should be able to take away from this is how important it is to not just hire the right general contractor to build your custom home but how important it is to hire one that is up on today’s building methods.
Twenty years ago the laundry room was also usually the mud room and also the “everything else room”. It just had to be functional and usually was accessed through the garage or the back door.
Today’s custom homes have a dedicated laundry room for the washing and folding of clothes. With the aging population in North America the laundry room is being placed on the same floor as the master bedroom. Laundry rooms don’t just hold the washer and dryer anymore, they also have a sink, a folding table and a place to do your ironing. Storage is also a major design concern. Laundry rooms are to be well organized so that they always look clean and well kept.
With the advent of steam washer and dryers, plumbers are now running water lines to the dryers and the exhaust for dryers has become solid metal piping because of the extreme heat that dryers produce these days. Washer and dryers come with options like pedestals to help with storage and reduce the amount of bending over. There are options for folding surfaces that are installed on top of washers and dryers that help with storage and convenience.
Custom cabinetry is the norm in laundry rooms, they are no longer a hidden part of the home, they are a stop on any house tour. Laundry sinks are not simply white plastic stand alone items, they are chrome or white porcelain country style sinks made by Franke.
Laundry rooms are now well insulated to reduce noise from the laundry on high spin and are well lit with multiple fixtures. Laundry rooms are also wired for sound so that you can have a little music while you clean your clothes.
Looking for part 13 coming soon....
Village Builders Inc.