Spaces for Life

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Spaces for Life: Project of the month – Laundry Room

By Lance McCarthy

Do you guys do _______________? That’s one of the questions I get more than any other. The blank is usually filled with all kinds of projects…bathrooms, kitchens, new builds, office tenant finishes, decks, leaky faucets…We love it all because our real passion isn’t a certain type of project, but more a certain type of client. Once we find a client that is a good fit, we want to do whatever they need to make their spaces work better.

With that in mind, I thought I would start including a monthly project as part of my articles. I hope this will be informative about what other people are doing, what it is costing, and what may be possible. So, here we go…

Project of the Month:

A Laundry Room that is worth spending time in


Location: Mid Leawood

Architect/Designer: Joel Perry with Indwell Architecture/Kara Kersten with ReTouch

Budget Range: $25,000-35,000

Project Description:  Taking a cramped bathroom, laundry and hallway, and reconfiguring into a more functional space with powder bath, laundry and mud room.  

Pictures on Houzz:


What it was like before:  

With three active kids, the door right inside from the garage ended up being a messy bottleneck that was full of book bags, cleats, coats, and mud from the yard.  Add the tiny laundry to the mix and you ended up with piles of obstacles that made this spot really difficult to work with.  Sound familiar?

What it is like now:  

The design was completely reorganized to create a compact powder bath, laundry with counter space, and a bench/locker space to organize the drop zone.  About 18” was stolen from the garage, but the rest of the magic was created by just putting the pieces in the right place.  


Cool features:

-Stealing 18” from the garage made a huge impact

-buckets in the lockers help keep the space looking clean

-outlets in the lockers work as charging stations

-Montclair Danby honed marble countertop

-drying rack over the countertop

-Bathroom door color-Banana Yellow from Benjamin Moore

-Wall paint color-Rock Port Gray from Benjamin Moore


Interesting detail:

Cabinets on each side of the washer and dryer were made a little taller than usual, which allowed a long countertop to sweep across the whole section.  No more folding clothes on the couch!

This was a fun one, for a really great family.  Do you have any questions about this?  Ask me anything!

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