The clients live in an older suburban home with a laundry area in the basement. This space was equipped with a standard utility sink and a washer and dryer, but the customer wanted better storage and a nicer look to the area. Closet Works was able to provide a space that could laundry into something effortless and enjoyable by maximizing the room’s storage potential, efficiency, and functionality all the while looking light-hearted and beautiful.
We concentrated on creating a bright and cheery space with abundant shelving and cabinets for storage. Upper and lower shelving wrap around the corner of the room for maximum room to place detergents and other laundry things. A long countertop wraps the biggest wall, providing abundant space for folding and organizing clothing — as in your very own laundromat. The old utility sink was replaced by a new sink with custom cabinet. We stuck with a simple white and gray palette that made the client’s red appliances pop, focusing attention on that bright and happy color.
Challenges for this project included working in a basement with low ceilings and lots of exposed ductwork. Large air vents for the home’s HVAC system were hanging from the ceiling, restricting access to some of the walls. We optimized the space and worked around the ductwork in the ceiling by using sliding doors on the cabinets above the appliances. We built a floor mounted system with a large work surface. Sliding doors were used on the cabinets to provide better accessibility in some areas, allowing the installation of cabinets with doors behind the HVAC ductwork. Standard doors would not have been able to open without hitting the ducts.