The humble utility room is a homeowner favourite
FOLLOWING a build or renovation, many householders say the humbly decorated utility room is one of their favourite spaces. Housing laundry appliances and an extra pantry, and providing an everyday arrival point for the family, a utility must tackle heavy duties in a relatively small floor-plan. That doesn’t mean a washout of style or chaotic detritus. Pick a fresh, clean look, and plan crucial storage wisely to take the effluvia of family life.
A large sink is a crucial addition and a traditional Butler’s sink provides plenty of room to rinse pots, cut flowers, and manage hand-washing, while enjoying the view. The Rangemaster, double bowl ceramic sink starts from €312. Suppliers include InHouse.ie. Find similar salvage styles, (including ex Villeroy and Boch), at Centurion Stone, Carrigrohane, Cork. at around €250; centurionstone.ie.
Check out Pinterest and other design sites to find the best position for your washer and dryer. When building in your kitchen, it’s usual to have the design run into the utility room too. However, if you find you have a lot of space, little money and fewer fittingss, then stage everything else around a big, old, scrubbed table, ideal for folding clothes after drying. Or re-purpose an old wardrobe, or pick up a proper linen cupboard at an auction — it’s possible to snatch a wardrobe or cupboard up for less than €50.
An alternative is to fill your laundry room with handy, moveable steel shelving systems from Ikea. The Swedish giant offers any number of combinations on it’s website, so measure well, list your needs and find a mix to suit your budget.
The original Pulleymaid is a clever idea, making good use of the warm air trapped in the ceiling space to dry up to 18kg of washing at a go. Maids and pot racks start from €46; pulleymaid.com.
FAR LEFT: All in one room? Extend kitchen-style cabinetry to finish a run of high cabinets with a laundry area at the end of the kitchen proper.The tall, faux pantry here hides a stacked washer/dryer and similar options include hiding a sink, machinery and shelving behind sliding doors in a hallway. Chichester units from neptune.com (nationwide).
A large sink is a crucial addition. Here, a traditional, two-bay Butler’s sink provides room to rinse pots, cut flowers, clean a small dog, and manage hand-washing, while enjoying the view. Lighting is ‘Coolie’ by Hay, €138, fritzfryer.co.uk. Double bowl sinks from €312. Pronto HOME Advert_Layout 1 12/04/2017 16:06 Page 1
Suppliers include in-house.ie and salvaged items from centurionstone.ie, at €250.
ABOVE: Find the best position for your washer and dryer and use a big, old, scrubbed table for folding clothes after drying. A handy wall caddy can carry everything you need and you can keep laundry out of sight, in large baskets under the table. Accessories Homesense (UK).