Laundry Horror to Laundry Haven

We live in a 1960’s ranch house.  Evidently when they built my house noone thought it was important to put the laundry room inside the house.  Instead they thought it would be fun to put it in a storage room off the carport.  So yes,  I have been known to run half naked out to the laundry room to grab a pair of jeans that are still in the dryer…you know you do it to! It’s hot in the summer and cold in the winter…no one wants to put on their winter coat to go fetch the clean clothes.  To top it off the room that my washer and dryer live in doesn’t even really have walls.  It’s just not a happy place.  Especially for this girl who craves aesthetically pleasing rooms.  So the mister and I decided we are going to do a few things to finish off that room and make it more of a comfortable environment for me to do laundry and perhaps for him to have a work space where he can escape the children from time to time.

Here is a before shot of the room.  It is 20 feet x 7 feet. It had built in shelving along the back wall…very rustic and stained.  It’s has a large double window and two doors.  It has two lights (albeit pull string lights) and a few electrical outlets.  This is the room my water heater lives in as well.

We have been purging things out of the room.  Most of it is living in the carport for now and hopefully we will have some built in shelving when we finish up the room.

And now it looks like this.  (Minus the pile of wood that the mister hauled off.)

I can’t wait to see how this unfolds…we are not really home “project” people.  Anyone else dealing with “outdoor” laundry rooms?


  1. I lived in one of those 60s style ranch homes growing up. The previous tenants had enclosed the garage to make a “Florida Room” (sun room complete with an elevated planter in a huge bay window thing!) The laundry room had walls just like yours and a concrete slab floor. We were thankfully protected from folks seeing us run half-naked to the laundry room. The laundry room was just big enough for the washer and dryer.

    When we first married, we lived in a two-story three car garage apartment. One bay was enclosed as the laundry room. Those days I did have to run down the steps to the laundry room with no protection from rain, sleet or snow. I do not miss those days.

    • We have had that same idea Dawn. It’s a future plan for sure! I do not lack for ideas for remodeling and adding onto this house. Ha!

  2. This looks exactly like our laundry room. How is the project coming?


  1. […] Here is a little reminder of what we did to the room in August. […]