The hum­ble util­ity room is a home­owner favourite

Irish Examiner - Magazine - - Kitchens - – KYA DeLONGCHAMPs

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...

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...

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....

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