So your clients are tired of trucking their bed sheets and towels to a laundry room on the first floor or in the basement and want the convenience of doing the wash closer to their second floor bedrooms and baths? Can you blame them? They're not getting any younger, either, and those laundry baskets can be pretty heavy to carry upstairs. That's why Bill Bartlett, president of Home Rebuilders in Atlanta, suggests turning a seldom-used spare bedroom into a laundry room with all the amenities.
Home Rebuilders is familiar with completing high-end remodeling projects in the Atlanta area, so Bartlett knows how to make a laundry room functional and attractive. Even the biggest challenge of installing the plumbing is not much of a problem, he says. "All you need is a small strip in the wall measuring 5 inches wide by 2 to 3 feet tall," he says, with pipes coming up from the first floor.
The first thing the homeowners need to consider is the type of laundry equipment they would prefer. "Homeowners are generally well-educated today and know how to do their own research on products offered by manufacturers. However, when they ask for my opinion, I do point out that there are important differences between appliances made in Europe and those manufactured in the States," he says.
American-made washers: These are generally top loading and are larger, allowing for bigger loads. They use more water than European brands. There are exceptions, however.
European washers: Most of these front-loading machines have been designed to conserve water. Their spin cycles are faster, and they are noisier to operate. There are fewer desirable features. Once you close the front door, you can't open it in mid cycle. And if the machine breaks down in mid cycle, you need to drain it with a hose.
He recommends the following for any new laundry room:
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