Your laundry room used to be the place to keep the washer, dryer, and drop-down ironing board - period. But imagine if it could be more of a creative nerve center - a flexible space for projects and crafts.
The roughly 130-square-foot laundry room in our Southwest Idea House at Verrado, near Phoenix, demonstrates the point. Open shelves and deep drawers offer ample storage for crayons, paints, and scrapbooking and sewing supplies. Barstools provide a comfortable seat at the granite counter.
The deep farmhouse sink is ideal for soaking clothes or arranging cut flowers as well as for cleaning up after craft jobs. The durable counter can also be used for small gardening projects. Cabinets above the washing machine and dryer help keep laundry and cleaning supplies out of view and serve as additional storage for towels and linens.
Transforming your space
Fill the room with light and add inviting touches to encourage creativity. To accommodate books and supplies, install wide, durable counters. Include a range of drawers, cabinets, and shelves to suit various storage needs, and keep clutter behind closed doors.
Design: Tamm Jasper Interiors, Scottsdale, AZ (480/423-3561)
Provide a workspace
Zones are defined by a peninsula: washing and drying; potting plants by the sink; countertop craft space.
KraftMaid Cabinetry ( www.kraftmaid.com or 800/571-1990)
Arizona Tile ( www.arizonatile.com or 480/893-9393)
Washer and dryer:
Maytag Corporation ( www.maytag.com or 800/688-9900)