I’ve mentioned before on here and my Instagram stories my disdain for the current laundry situation at Flip 5. I’ve never had a washer/dryer in the kitchen, and I hate it. I’ve been in the house for a month now, utilitzing the current stacked unit in the kitchen…and the more I live in the house and get a feel for it, I still hate it. Maybe even more.
I’ve also been frequenlty making the short trip out back to the loft apartment where I store much of Mac’s Attic stuff. And I get it now why some of you vented your concerns about moving the laundry out there. It’s only three short steps, but, again, as I’m living in the house, I could see how that would get old. Fast.
But those are really my only two options: laundry remains in the kitchen or laundry moved out back. I’ve had my plumber come and evaluate the situation. The current bid is $3,000+ to move the laundry. Ugh. I HATE sinking that much money into something I’m still not sold will actually enhance the value. One of my concerns is that the current stacked unit sticks out so far from the existing cabinets that I’m not sure how to build a closet without it sticking out?
If the laundry stayed, I envision something like this. Again, given how far the current unit sticks out so much, I think the closet will awkwardly stick out from the cabinets. This will be something for my cabinet guy to weigh in on (if I ever find a cabinet guy…).
The benefit of the closet is obvious- it hides the eyesore of laundry. Another thing I have discovered while living in the house is that I have no laundry storage. No place to store detergent, dryer sheets, etc. There is adequate space above the current unit to create a storage compartment to help with that.
This particular image reminded me a lot of my current space. The laundry is right next to an exterior door with just marginal space between the cabinet. I like the skinny cabinet they’ve attached next to the washer/dryer. A place for more storage and maybe even hang a few shirts while they dry?
I’m adamant that I don’t want the washer/dryer unit to actually be visible. I still prefer it not to be in the kitchen, and I may still remove it. It’s just sinking $3,000 seems like such a gamble. I’d rather sink $3,000 on new countertops! The deciding factor will be my cabinet guy. What magic can he work? How much will it cost? Will it look awkward? Whatever I do, I want it to enhance the space & add value. Having laundry in the kitchen is far from ideal, but I’d like to make it more functional & aesthetically pleasing!
If I do opt to move the laundry to the studio apartment, it would be tucked in that little nook between the two windows. It would require me building walls and framing and probbably adding a barn door. All those things could be great assets, but they aren’t included in the $3,000+ bid. So the laundry situation could easily surpass the $4,000 mark. I want every dollar I spend to have a purpose and to bring money back to me. And, at this point, I’m just not sure sinking $4,000 will bring back a substantial return. The jury is still out and the numbers are still being crunched!