While we may refer to the kitchen as the “Heart of the Home”; the Utility Room must surely be the the “Engine Room”. If space allows; one should consider it equally as important as the kitchen in terms of functionality. They can be Zen-like spaces for bringing order to a house and life in general.
Sometimes overlooked as an afterthought, once the budget has been apportioned to creating a dream kitchen; the laundry room is the quiet dependable oasis that makes everything else work.
Housing the appliances that can take up space in your kitchen, they allow for a more open plan kitchen-diner and family living space without all the practical noisy equipment.
As laundry rooms are often more compact spaces; there is even more emphasis on bespoke design that allows for efficient areas for washing, folding, ironing as well as storing cleaning equipment, ironing boards, vacuum cleaners. Piles of laundry can look untidy so the right storage is vital for creating a streamlined tidy space.
Extra requirements can stretch to clothes drying racks, slatted shelves for airing cupboards, laundry bins, dog wash, dog beds, access to the outside; and cabinet doors can hide the bulky washing machine and tumble dryer when not in use.
Having access to the outside allows the easy hang of laundry outside in fine weather. The sight of Spring-fresh sheets billowing in the breeze on a sunny Spring day can be very uplifting!
Often homes have one or more ante-rooms leading from the kitchen. Sculleries; walk-in larders; boot rooms or laundry rooms; each hardworking area is full of storage requirements.
Carrying the same kitchen cabinetry style through to any one of these spaces creates a cohesive streamlined aesthetic and sense of calm throughout.
Cabinet styles can tie the whole scheme together; but to create a point of difference opt for a change to the colour scheme in these ante-rooms, allowing each new zone its own character and mood. Be brave with colour; bold and bright; cool and calm; or dark and moody. Glazed partition doors can allow the room to feel separate, but not cut off from the kitchen, making it more of an enticing and appealing place to be.
Guild Anderson have a wealth of knowledge helping clients to design and build rooms that function according to their own bespoke need, and that are a personal expression of how they live their life. Moreover the aesthetics of these smaller functional spaces are every bit as important as the stars of the show; the kitchens, that tend to receive all the attention.
We love laundry rooms; they are one of the unsung heroes of the house. A chapel of peace, a temple to order, a sanctuary in a world of chaos and confusion!