PLANNING A UTILITY SPACE - I don’t know about you but I really don’t like to see the washing machine or tumble dryer fitted into the kitchen. For starters these types of appliances take up way too much room and of course they can create a fair amount of noise.
Personally I have a separate Utility Room in my home which is perfect for the washing machine, tumble dryer and I even keep the dishwasher in there as well. All this helps me to maximize on the available storage space in my kitchen.
If you don’t have a separate utility room then consider a space under the stairs if possible or think about extending the kitchen so that you can have a separate utility room.
When it comes to planning for the space try to approach this with practicality in mind by determining what you want to fit into the utility room.
Here’s some practical considerations:
Washing Machine and Tumble Dryer
If you have a really small space then consider building a shelf system so that these can be stacked up on one another. Don’t make it so that the top appliance is difficult to reach or that it requires a step ladder as this just makes it hard work.
If you have sufficient space, then do think about plumbing in your dishwasher in this space if you find it practical. Personally my kitchen is not that big and therefore to maximize the storage space I plumbed in my dishwasher in the utility room.
Counter Tops and Cabinets
It’s always handy to have countertops that you can work on and cabinets that you can store cleaning items. If you can, it’s a great idea to fit a sink in the utility room as this is handy for washing out clothes and other times.
Acknowledgements: Video – B&Q