Home Renovation Blog
Expert renovation tips and information about Home Additions and quality Renovations
Are you looking for renovation ideas for your Laundry? If your home is more than 20 years old, chances are your laundry is ready for a renovation. The biggest problem with most laundry rooms is lack of cupboard space, lack of bench space and poor design.
Most old laundries have the old stainless steel laundry trough with separate appliances and perhaps a small cupboard up high. The room is often dark with a small window above the trough. Sound familiar? You are not alone!
Laundry renovations can vary a great deal in scope. We like to split laundry renovations into these broad categories:
Small renovation – If you only need to replace appliances and do a mini-renovation such as replacing door handles and a quick re-paint of the room, you can quite easily manage this yourself. If you are quite handy, you can take this a bit further and think about doing your own re-tiling or replacing cupboard doors.
But when it gets beyond this, the renovation is starting to become a little bit too much for a DIYer.
Complete re-fit of existing laundry – this involves gutting out your current laundry and replacing it in the same location. The advantage of this renovation is that you will not normally need to replace or relocate any of the plumbing or electrical services which can be a big cost saving.
Brand new laundry – if you are undertaking a major home renovation and have reconfigured your floor-plan, then it is likely that your laundry is going to be in a completely different location. Old-fashioned design often placed a laundry at the rear of the home. Nowadays, it is more common for a laundry to be at the side of the home. The rear of the home is reserved for open plan living and alfresco areas.
At Amerex, we find that when homeowners come to us with their home extension project, that the laundry is simply a small piece of the larger puzzle. When they are adding a new kitchen, dining and living room, the laundry is essential but not at front of mind.
We take the time to ensure that they have thought of all the different elements that can be built into a laundry that they may not have thought of. Read on to find out some interesting laundry ideas that most people don’t think of.
If you are building a second storey addition, installing a laundry chute from the second floor to drop dirty washing directly into the laundry is a great idea.
We installed one of these in a recent second storey addition and when we asked the homeowners said ‘We love it, except we still haven’t figured out how to stop the kids putting something down the chute when they have only worn it once!’.
Haha, that is another problem altogether!
Laundries are often designed to be in a place in the home where natural light is limited. A great way to get natural light into this room is by using a glass panel external door. Another option is to install skylights, but if you have a second storey above the laundry this is not an option.
A front-loading washing machine can be installed under the bench, so if you need more bench-space this is an easy way to get it. Just make sure that the machine you choose will fit!
Need more convincing? Did you know that top-loading washing machines use significantly more water and energy than front-loaders? They also tend to be noisier. Front-loading are a much more environmentally friendly option. Be sure to check the energy rating sticker on the machine that you select. Washing machines that are energy efficient and use less water can deliver considerable savings by reducing energy and water bills over time.
Don’t forget about Rufus! Did you know that Australia has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world?
In fact, the RSPCA estimates that around 62% of Australian households own pets with dogs being the most common pet.
It stands to reason then, that installing a doggie door in the laundry is an idea worth considering if you are a pet owner.
All you need to do is teach Rufus to open it with his nose and you will never be woken to let the dog out to go to the toilet again.
“ We completed our first home renovation in North Perth with Amerex last year. We were undertaking a large two storey renovation of our dream home and the decision to choose Amerex came down to the high level of professionalism, expertise, excellent customer service and vast knowledge that Steve and the team displayed in character home renovations.Laila North Perth
We had not renovated in the past and we were very unsure of the process however Amerex staff spent a lot of time assisting us with the design process, they were always available to answer our enquires, provided valuable suggestions, were extremely patient and completed our project ahead of schedule.
We would highly recommend Amerex as we have ended up with a beautiful home that displays excellent workmanship and a highly functional design. The home is exactly as we imagined it to be and our family and friends have all complimented on the amazing final result.
We thoroughly enjoyed the building process with Steve and the highly skilled Amerex team and extend a big thankyou to all the staff who helped us along the way!! ”
“ We signed up with Amerex for a very big renovation, bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom - the lot. We wanted to keep the look and feel of our character home in the extensions. Amerex were the right choice for that. They have an eye for detail and took the time to make sure things were done right. We've been very happy with the quality of their work.Ben Inglewood
We found Steve to be very responsive and professional. He kept the whole project moving along. We were complete novices going into the whole process and he took the time to go through the details so we could make more informed choices.
Would definitely recommend Amerex to anyone wanting to renovate. ”
“ From the first meeting with Loretta from Amerex until the final check we have enjoyed the experience with Amerex. They have taken our words and ideas and built them into a quality finished home extension that is functional and everything that we had hoped for.Phil North Perth
The entire team at Amerex lead by Steve are friendly, reliable, use quality materials and produce a quality outcomes.
Our extension has the “wow” factor and guests comment on the exceptional open plan design that is built to entertain.
We are very happy with the final finish and would highly recommend them to anyone. ”
“ Steve and his team took our conceptual design and made our vision a reality in very quick time with practical completion of this major renovation within 7 months of the start date. The site supervision was tight which meant that the work progressed easily between the various trades.Christine Wembley
What is more, the estimated cost of the job was accurate with variations only to suit changes that we required. The outcome was a home that delivers so much more than we expected in terms of comfort, quality and our initial objectives.
It was a real pleasure to deal with Steve and his team. I would not hesitate to recommend Amerex to anyone who needs the services of a truly professional builder/renovator. ”
“ Amerex, lead by Steve, have clearly been in the building industry a long time and offered valuable input and guidance prior to, and during the build. They used skilled tradespeople and quality materials; no corners were cut and I felt confident that the build was of the highest quality.Rachel Woodlands
Steve and his team communicated frequently with me along the way and I was involved at every step. I felt comfortable approaching him if I had any questions or concerns, he was always available and acted quickly to resolve any issues.
The team at Amerex were reliable, professional and a pleasure to deal with. In particular Kelly, who would often go ‘above and beyond’, was always positive, and nothing was ever too much trouble. ”
“ It was an absolute pleasure to deal with the Amerex team for our home renovation.Eric and Kris Mt Lawley
From Steve Burke, to the office staff and all of the various tradespeople, we received exceptional customer service.
The skilled tradespeople were reliable, obliging & committed to the highest level of quality on our home.
Amerex came in on budget, they completed the work earlier than scheduled & they ensured our renovation ran smoothly throughout. ”
A member of the Amerex team will arrange a time to discuss your
renovation and additions project and assess what stage you are at in the building process.
PO Box 328, North Perth WA 6906
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