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Most laundry rooms are tucked away in basements or mud rooms at the back of the house, but in Juliana Cordi’s 1,000-square-foot townhouse, the laundry was in an unusual location: between her master bedroom and her bathroom. This was perfect for quickly putting clothes and towels in the washing machine, but not perfect for hiding unsightly piles of laundry, your mop, vacuum cleaner, and other essentials in the laundry room.

Worse, the laundry room could be seen and heard from the kitchen and living areas, and the appliances, like the rest of the room, were straight from the ’90s. “Even though they still worked, they were so loud,” says Juliana (@julianacordi). “Loud to the point where you couldn’t really watch TV and run the dryer at the same time!”

Juliana says she didn’t really want to add doors to the room. With a total of 900 square feet to work with around the house, she wanted to keep things open and free flowing. “I really like the general flow of the whole house,” she says. “It’s a unique space that’s between the bedrooms and the bathroom and the kitchen / living area, so I wanted it to be both beautiful and functional.”

Juliana planned the room for almost two years before getting started. “It helped me to think carefully about what I needed to make it work,” she says, “and to be able to change my mind if necessary.”

First on their list was to replace the decades-old devices with something quieter. “It was pretty clear the existing washer and dryer were on their last legs when I called the service number on the serial number label for a noisy drum repair part and was told it was from 1999! She says. “At that point I decided to upgrade and move on with my plans.”

By buying stackable units – Juliana chose the LG USA Washtower, which she bought for sale at Home Depot for $ 2,100 – she made room for additional storage space that the laundry room previously lacked.

She bought lumber from Home Depot (2×4 for the base frame, maple plywood for the cabinets and shelves, and the wood for the bezel and doors) and got to work. For the cabinet fronts, she opted for wickerwork in the door openings.

“I absolutely love the look,” she says. “I had done this with my cabinet doors and loved the way it turned out, so I knew it would upgrade those built-ins too. I live in a small surf town in Southern California, which adds to the cottage-coast feeling. “

For the cabinet color, she opted for a subtle gray-white (Magnolia Home’s Soft Linen) and for the handles she added unpainted brass handles from Rejuvenation. These details “beautify it a little and make it look more sophisticated,” she says. Their total cost to build the cabinet was $ 420 and the project lasted two full weekends.

Juliana made her built-ins at a fraction of the price of something pre-made. “I’d priced out ready-made cabinet options and that would have been a lot faster, but for something from floor to ceiling it would cost almost three times as much as building it yourself,” says Juliana. “The custom route also allowed me to plan the different locations that I knew I wanted.” (For example, she measured her vacuum cleaner and mop to create a custom fit for them inside.)

Plus, she takes pride in how far her DIY skills have come. “It’s encouraging to take a step back at the end and look up and say, ‘Wow, I built this,’ says Juliana. “Home projects were also an opportunity for me to get in touch with my father. When I was little he worked in general construction and knows a lot about renovating rooms, materials, etc. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s a few years ago and had problems with his memory and general conversations. I take loads of progress pictures of each step and when I visit him on the weekend we sit and scroll through the pictures and I explain to him what I’m doing in each one. You can say it’s a topic he likes to talk about because he smiles as we go through it and asks many many questions. I am proud to have followed in his footsteps and I can share that with him. “

Juliana hopes that her meaningful home improvement will encourage others to plug in a few basic power tools and get started. “Designing and remodeling spaces in your home is completely within reach,” she says. “You’d be surprised how far you can go with a $ 55 sheet of plywood!”

In your laundry room, it has its maximum storage space and a much more functional interior. “I love the amount of storage I have now,” says Juliana. “I actually have trouble filling the shelves, which is always a good problem.”

Sarah Everett

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Sarah is the production assistant for Apartment Therapy. She recently completed her MA in Journalism from the University of Missouri and a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Belmont University. Past writing and editing stations include HGTV Magazine, Nashville Arts Magazine, and several local outlets in her hometown of Columbia, Missouri.



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