|Project by FranBo||posted 05-09-2012 03:49 PM||2272 views||3 times favorited||11 comments|
I recently converted our unused small formal living room (as indicated on the original architectural plans) into a large LAUNDRY PALACE and female work cave for my sweetie. The renovation was extensive and included carving out a new doorway to improve flow through the space, adding washer and dryer utility connections, building a huge work counter that fit into the “shape” of the front of the room, adding pendant lights above the counter and spotlights towards the washer/dryer combo, building a storage cabinet, a travertine and tile backsplash behind the washer/dryer, a wood panel and shelf above the washer dryer, an arched doorway with “thick” wall (2×2x4’s), and installing a small clerestory antique window as an interior window to light the powder room behind the laundry room. The work counter is an open frame “thing” with 34” counter depth and backboard, perfect for folding laundry, working on a hobby, using as a desk, gift wrapping, etc. Top is red oak. Frame underneath is red oak table legs (I needed 8,) and southern yellow pine rails, cross pieces, corbel bars, and sliding shelf carriages. The sliders were a suggestion from sweetie for easy access to the lower shelf level, which I agreed to and changed mid way through the project. The heights of counter top and shelf were governed partly by the windows behind them which face our front yard. I have installed half-height cafe shutters to the lower levels of the windows to provide privacy but let filtered sunlight through. Everything functions great and sweetie loves the new luxury laundry room! As a residential designer/architect, I have done several renovations in existing homes to enlarge small, dark laundry rooms. They are usually neglected by designers, but the reality is that they are used almost non-stop in every home. This was my first real furniture building experience. As a non-cabinet maker, I tend not to think in terms of 3/4” thick precision-built plywood boxes with euro-hinges. I love heavy “medieval” furnishings, arts and crafts, rustic woods with character, and super strong mortise and tenon joinery. My tools and shop are very limited, but I’m slowly adding stuff to the shop. Hope you like!
-- Fran B, Residential Designer