Laundry room remodeling ideas

It is more convenient to have the laundry room closer to the family room rather than carrying loads of laundry to the basement. It takes much planning and thought to relocate the laundry room. Here are a few things to consider before embarking on a laundry room remodeling project.
• Structural Integrity of the new roomwashers n dryers
Have your contractor examine the structural integrity of your home to assess whether it can accommodate a laundry room on the second floor. A professional architect will be able to handle any issues regarding space and make mechanical modifications for the design.
• Framing
The washers and dryers will extra weight and vibrations to the floor therefore there has to be sufficient support from the solid floor joists. Fortify older framing through additional blocking. Ensure there is a well-defined path for plumbing, gas, vents and electrical lines.
• Noise proofing
To dampen the vibrations generated the washers or dryers it is better to use walls and ceilings with double layers of gypsum wallboard instead of one layer. Use spray-in insulation, fiberglass or rigid foam to fill the spaces between joists and walls to contain the noise and keep it from moving to the adjacent rooms including the ones below and above.
• Waterproofing
Waterproofing the floor area, installing a drain on the floor and building a curb across the threshold of the laundry room is the ideal way of blocking a leak from flooding the entire house. To keep the sewer gas from blowing into the room, since the drain will usually be dry, it will need a trap primer to turn away some trickle of water from the main line to the drain to fill the trap. To automatically sense and prevent leaks include electronic shut-off valves and machine drip pans.
• Water Supply
It is quite costly and time-consuming to install new utility lines to a higher floor. You must hire a professional plumber to install the new supply lines and drain lines or else there could be serious problems with the entire house plumbing.
• Electricity/ Gaswasher install
The washer and dryer will need dedicated lines for electricity and gas. Talk your electrician about it to ensure you meet the standards according to the building regulations. Gas powered dryers will need a professional plumber to do the gas piping according to the regulations.
• Vents
Don’t forget to install a vent for the dryer straight through the attic and out the roof.
The laundry room appliances must be level to keep the vibrations at a bare minimum. Check out this list of washer/dryers to help you find the perfect model for your home.

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