If you’ve been following us for years, then you know that this blog post has been a long time coming. Somewhere in between, we had a baby and now she’s sixteen months old!
Our laundry renovation was part of a grand scheme to create more space for our growing family. The renovation began downstairs with the existing dual-purpose room which formerly housed our guests and home office. We divided this large space into two bedrooms and extended out onto the covered deck. This also created an opportunity to create a larger laundry, suitable for a family of seven.
Originally our laundry was a poky hole in the wall. It was dark, had next to no bench space and it was a mega lint trap. The renovation changed the floorplan entirely, allowing us to design a large galley way laundry with direct access to the backyard through a custom-made glass door. This also gave the laundry a beautiful outlook towards our pool.
Storage and functionality were key to our laundry design. We maximised storage space through the inclusion of both overhead and lower cabinetry. We had two bulkheads to contend with, which couldn’t be relocated. To solve this issue, we simply incorporated timber shelving amongst the overhead cabinets. For our overhead cabinets, we selected a board from Felix Panel in Designer White Rustic. And we went with a darker, more grounded colour by Polytec called Graphite for our lower cabinetry.
Through the advice of our plumber, we relocated the original plumbing out into the new extension (formerly a section of the old deck). This was a rather simple move as we had good access underneath our home. We then positioned our washer and dryer either side of the sink to make loading and unloading an easy process.
Solid timber benchtops run down both sides of our laundry, providing ample workspace. We crafted them from American White Oak, which features heavily throughout our home and they are coated in clear 2PAC which is an extremely durable finish.
We chose to tile the laundry walls in a white subway tile in a brick pattern. Running them from the floor, right up to the ceiling, adding delightful texture in a subtle way. For the floor, we extended the existing downstairs white tile into the laundry rather than ripping it all up and starting again. We simply didn’t have time, as we had a baby arriving in a couple of weeks. Instead, to create interest and the illusion of a high-end flooring, we used a beautiful vinyl floor runner in a Moroccan pattern.
Next up was fixtures. We decided to add a bit of drama by selecting matte black for our laundry sink, mixer, hanging rails and lower cabinetry handles. We only picked the best products on the market, as we knew they’d need to withstand a high amount of traffic and be resistant to scratching and chemicals.
Then before we could finish, we were racing off to the hospital to give birth! Our poor tiler was left at our home, with basic instructions of how to lock the door when he was finished.
To this day, there are still some minor things to finish off, but a little bit of missing silicone hasn’t stopped us from using it. For the past sixteen months, it has been the workhorse of our home and it has performed perfectly. We couldn’t be happier with the end result.
- Overhead cabinetry – Flexi Corp Designer White Rustic, constructed by RAW Sunshine Coast
- Lower Cabinetry – Polytec Graphite Matt, constructed by RAW Sunshine Coast
- Benchtop – Solid American White Oak, clear 2PAC finish – by RAW Sunshine Coast
- Laundry sink – Abey QN-100B Schock Quadro Large Single Bowl Sink, available at NCP bathroom Centres
- Door – by RAW Sunshine Coast
- Black Basin Mixer – TA6301B Sinos Pull Out Tap by Franke
- Black Hanging Rails – available at Bunnings
- Lower cabinetry handles – Matte Black Tabs by MadeMeasure
- Jug and Vases – by Zakkia, available at RAW Sunshine Coast
- Wooden Spoon and Scrubbing Brush – available at RAW Sunshine Coast
- Baskets – by Olli Ella available at RAW Sunshine Coast
- Vinyl Floor Runner – available at RAW Sunshine Coast
- White Subway Tiles – available at The Tile Factory Outlet, Maroochydore
What’s next … next on the agenda (after Chris finishes the silicone), we’ll be finishing off the back deck. It is an enormous space and has a lovely view over our pool and backyard. As part of the laundry and bedroom renovation, we’ve already completed the exterior walls and the timber stairs which lead down to the pool. We just have to design and install an outdoor kitchen and then style. It’s an exciting project and we’re hoping to have it completed by summer. Stay tuned!
Laundry design and styling: RAW Sunshine Coast
Photography: Venita Wilson