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A Functional & Stylish Utility Room Design


January 11th, 2017 | Kitchens

Your utility room may not be the most exciting room in the house, but a well-designed one can certainly make your life easier and more efficient. This was the mindset behind a recent utility room design we completed for a family in Foxborough, Mass.

The space was to be a combined mudroom and laundry room — two independent functions in one fairly small area.

For the mudroom, we actually had about seven linear feet of wall space to work with in order to create a place for  coats, shoes, bags, and gear. The solution to the limited area was one that architects have been employing in cramped spaced for ages: build up. We created custom cabinetry at the very top of the area to stash out-of-season accessories and sports equipment, grocery bags, and anything else the family needed to find a hidden home for. Beneath that, a shelf holds baskets of craft and art suppplies, and multiple rows of coat hooks allow every family member to have a spot they can reach (And also allows for maximum storage). Finally, a bench gives children a place to sit to put on their shoes, and then area underneath is shoe storage for when they take them off.

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The remainder of the wall was dedicated to the laundry area: a countertop creates an area to fold clothes, and the cupboard beneath stores detergent, fabric softener, and cleaning supplies.

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The rest of the area, including the entire wall perpendicular to the coat storage space, was reserved for laundry. A stacked washer and dryer is the ultimate setup for space efficiency, freeing up floor space for built-in, pull-out laundry baskets. Above that, hangers make it easy to immediately hang clothes out of the dryer to prevent wrinkles. A cabinet above the washer/dryer is the perfect place to stash extra detergent and cleaners.

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Overall, the space turned out to be exactly what the home needed. Nothing more, nothing less.

Photography for Divine Design Build by Keitaro Yoshioka



 
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