The New Laundry and Powder Room

Seven months ago we began a journey through uncharted waters in an attempt to add a laundry room and powder to The Old House. At long last the interior is finished! Once the snow melts and weather warms, the work outside will finish.

At only 80 square feet, a lot had to be squeezed into a tiny footprint. We needed a fully functioning laundry room, a mudroom entry, places for tools and gardening supplies and powder room. Our contractor was constantly challenged, not only by the unique problems our house presented, but by our desire to build new to look old.  In talking with several different contractors, he was the only one who grasped the concept and embraced it head on with flinching or complaining about the impossibility of it all. He said, “Anything is possible. We just have to find a way to make it possible.” It was tough, but we manged to do it.

The Laundry Alcove

Shelves over the laundry area serve to store not only laundry items, but garden equipment and supplies. To prevent things from falling behind the washer and dryer, we built a ledge shelf that simply lifts out for servicing the equipment.

The new back door has 12 lites which let the sun stream right into the room giving it a bright and welcoming glow. That was another requirement! We did not want a dark and gloomy space. With wood left over from building the shelves, we made a small shoe bench for under the coat hooks.

The New Back Door The Coat Corner

We were in desperate need of a first floor powder room, and the resulting space is even better than the main bathroom! We used a bird theme and ended with a half “bird” bath. The bird prints are reproductions of Audubon originals. There was some extra room in the powder that enabled us to tuck an ironing and sewing cart in give even more storage.

The Powder Room The Vanity The "Bird" Half Bath Ironing & Sewing Cart

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