If renovating your laundry is high on your to-do list in 2023, you’ve come to the right place.
Renovating a laundry is a big project, and not one many people do more than once or twice in their lifetime. As such, you want to make sure it’s done right.
From trends to drainage, this two part article will focus on things you should avoid when preparing for your laundry renovation. We’ll also discuss how to decide which laundry trend or design is right for you and where to go for help from the experts.
Laundry Renovation Mistakes to Avoid
If you don’t want to regret your laundry renovation, one of the first things you need to do is be aware of things you don’t want to do (i.e. the mistakes you could make).
Here, we’ll talk about some of the most common mistakes renovators make when updating their laundry.
1. No Planning
If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a million times! When you’re renovating your laundry – or anywhere in your home – you need to have a plan and layout. And when you make a plan or layout, stick to it.
Not only will this save you time when it comes to installing your new laundry, it may also save you a tonne of money. This is always a good thing, in our opinion.
2. Blowing the Budget
Not having a budget or blowing your budget completely is something you will later come to regret when renovating your laundry.
There’s no point in designing an over the top, over budget laundry if your finances have taken such a hit that you can’t afford to live your life. Consider saving money where you can by buying quality materials, hardware and the like from cost-effective retailers (like Builders Discount Warehouse!).
3. Lack of Storage
Storage is key everywhere in your home, and the laundry is no exception to this. Many people forget to make room for bigger appliances like vacuums or a place to store your pet beds and accessories.
Making the most of the space you have and including storage wherever possible is something a lot of people value, regardless of whether you’re renovating your forever home, or intend to sell in the next couple of years.
4. Choosing the Wrong Location
Is your laundry on the ground floor of your double-storey home? Are you sick of traipsing up and down the stairs every time you do your washing? If you have the room and budget to move it to a more convenient location – or even upstairs near the bedrooms – now might be the time to consider doing so.
After all, who said that your new laundry has to go in exactly the same space as your old one?
5. Not Designing for Multifunctionality
There used to be a time where the laundry was only to be used for washing and drying your clothes. But this is not that time. Now, we’re seeing a lot of those popular design trends veer towards laundries with multiple purposes (much like the kitchen).
With this in mind, consider including this in your own home, and add new functionalities like additional toilets or showers.
6. Not Designing for Longevity
As much as you might like a particular hot trend, think twice before including it in your new laundry renovation. One of the biggest mistakes would-be renovators is designing their space for what’s current rather than longevity.
There’s no point choosing the latest it trend if you’re going to get sick of it in the next couple of years, or is something that is a little off the wall if you want to make the most of resale value.
7. Neglecting Hardware & Finishes
The door and cabinet finishes or hardware is one thing that a lot of people tend to forget about. But they are just as important as the rest of your renovation, if not more.
Think about it, how disappointing would it be to have spent all that time planning your laundry only to have picked the wrong countertops or door handles that aren’t quite as functional as you’d hoped?
You might have good intentions to do most of your laundry renovation by doing as much as you can.
But it’s important to recognise your limits and understand that, sometimes, there are some things you just won’t be able to do without the help of a professional tradesperson.
Speaking of things you can’t do by yourself, don’t forget about waterproofing! As wet rooms, waterproofing is required in all laundries.
This is something that must be done by a trained professional so be sure to do your research when planning and budgeting for your laundry renovation.
10. Designing a High Maintenance Laundry
We don’t know about you, but cleaning and doing laundry is one of our least favourite tasks, even in a perfectly designed space. That’s why you need to ensure you’re not adding to your domestic workload by choosing a design that will take a lot of time to maintain.
How to Decide Which Laundry Renovation Trend is Right for You & Where to Go for Assistance
Of course all of this information is entirely subjective and everyone is entitled to their own opinion when it comes to the design of their new laundry.
But, if you’re struggling with your design, or don’t know where to go for the latest fixtures and fittings, contact the team at Builders Discount Warehouse today.
For expert help with your laundry renovation and accessories, contact us today.