Tips to Add a Laundry Area to Your Garage

A garage is an excellent place to add a laundry area within the home. This is especially true if your garage has some unused space, which you could put to good use. It allows you to do your laundry, comfortably away from the main house. Laundry activities need not disrupt members of the household, who desire some peace and quiet. It doesn’t take much to implement this creative idea. Below are some tips to help you succeed in the project.

1.   Sketch

Once you locate a suitable site in your garage, it helps if you draw a sketch of the planned layout. The floor plan should show the location of the washer and dryer. You may want to have the washer and dryer side-by-side or opt for a stackable pair, to save on space. Be sure your sketch includes storage cabinets for laundry supplies, utility sink, shelves and work table.

2.   Utilities

You need to look into water supply, drain, electricity and venting. Examine the crawlspace of your house, to give you some idea of how plumbing can best be installed in the garage. Hire a plumber to install the hot and cold water lines, as well as drain line to the washer. Identify the best wall for the drain. It helps if you consult with an electrician to determine the electrical requirements. The dryer requires a 220 volt plug while the washer uses a 110 volt plug. Make arrangements to have a dryer vent installed behind the dryer through the garage wall.

3.   Room Frame

Use 2x4 boards to frame in the laundry room. After the electrical installation is completed, cover the framing with drywall. Use wood molding around the room to give a neat appearance. Adequate ventilation is vital for a laundry room. Make provision for a couple of windows. Paint the new walls with high gloss paint.

4.   Floor

Before you remodel the laundry area floor, check for weak or damaged areas on the sub-flooring. It is best to repair faulty areas before you install new flooring for more durable results. Tiles or linoleum will work best for laundry floors. These have a high resistance to moisture, which helps to prevent mildew problems.

5.   Connections

Be sure to bring in your laundry equipment before you install a door. If you try and bring the equipment after the door is installed, you may encounter difficulties getting it through the opening. Ideally, the machines should be installed along the closest wall to the house. They should also be close enough to the water lines, sewer pipes and electrical box. If these utilities are not close together, select the wall that is nearest to the plumbing, as it is harder and more expensive to redirect plumbing than electrical lines.

6.   Shelves and Cabinets

It is best to install these after the room is set-up and you’ve placed in the equipment. You can now work more confidently with the available space for shelves and cabinets. A few properly installed shelves and cabinets increase the functionality and convenience of your new laundry room.