Building A Laundry Room Addition On Your Home

Building a laundry room addition can be accomplished with a moderate amount of pre-panning, including securing building permit and considering the existing structure

A home addition is often the answer when more space for a specific undertaking is needed, but moving to a larger home is either not possible due to personal or financial reasons or not desired as the house is otherwise more than adequate. A laundry room is a typical home addition. The current laundry area may be non-existent or in an inconvenient place such as a basement or cramped space off a kitchen.

Before deciding where the addition will be built, several considerations must be measured. Once you determine that there are no legal issues involved in the building of an addition, find out what building permits will be required.

Next, consider where the existing water lines are in your house. Then, decide if the laundry room will be combined with an entryway/mud-room with access door to the outside, or if it will be a bumped out area possibly off a kitchen or bathroom. If the addition is to be built completely as a new structure off the house, you must also consider your existing roof-line and if you will be able to match windows and exterior siding to the existing structure. Other items of concern include the flow from the addition to the other parts of the house.

So often, we automatically assume that a laundry room should be on the main floor and never consider that an upstairs one might be highly convenient to the bedrooms. If you do consider this as an option, make sure and have your floors checked for any weight bearing issues. Another alternative is to construct the addition by reconfiguring existing space, such as a second bathroom that sees little or no use.

One ingenious addition I recently encountered utilized the backside corner of an attached garage. Just inside the house door that led in from the garage was a bathroom. With the existing water pipes right there, and the garage's exterior wall and the back wall of the bathroom, overall constructions costs were kept to a minimum.

Size of addition is going to be just as important as placement. Consider all tasks that you want the addition to serve. As stated earlier, is it going to work as a laundry/mud-room? Design your floor plan thoughtfully; making sure your door placement is convenient to storage items, washer and dryer, coat and boot storage etc. Also, consider if your room will require the addition of a separate sink. Many people overlook this necessity when planning a combination mud-room/laundry area. Once you realize how useful it can be you will wonder how you ever lived without its convenience.

If the room will be specifically for laundry, what laundry tasks do you want it to accommodate besides the basic washing and drying? Do you want it spacious enough to contain items such as a folding table, sorting baskets, drying racks, and additional cleaning supplies, and what about an ironing board or a sewing machine?


- What legal issues, such as building permits, must be acquired?

- What size will the new addition be?

- Will windows and exterior siding match existing structure.

- Where are existing water pipes located?

- Consider roof-line if building addition to outside of house.

- Check flow from existing rooms to new addition.

- If a consideration, have your floors checked for any weight bearing issues.

By planning, following the checklist, and pre-determining what tasks you want the laundry room to provide for, you will be able to build the room of your dreams.

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