Closet-laundry conversion. It’s not just a pipe-dream. Or, an unattainable goal. In fact, it’s one of the best choices you can make when it comes to home improvement. A closet laundry room conversion involves some carpentry, a good deal of electrical work, and a sizeable amount of plumbing. Not to mention just relocating these super-sized appliances. Read on to learn more about closet-laundry conversion.
Closet-Laundry Room Conversion Considerations
If you’re a bit unsure about having the skills to convert a closet into a laundry room, you should know it’s not that difficult. Unlike having to take out a kitchen soffit, it doesn’t require a lot of messy demolition. Though, unless you’re a licensed electrician or a licensed plumber, you will need these trades people to do the most difficult work. The rest really isn’t too challenging and all you’ll need is some common household tools.
In real life, just having a convenient spot to do laundry is foremost and the extras are gravy. If you must use a laundromat, community laundry room or even a basement or garage laundry space, there may be a space in your home that can be converted into a workable laundry area. An in-home laundry space is especially convenient for young parents and as we age. --The Spruce
First, you should choose a closet that’s against a bathroom or the kitchen. The reason for this is because it will be easier to rough-in the plumbing and the electrical wiring for the washing machine and dryer. You should also choose a closet that’s conveniently located to your bedrooms. If you have to make a choice between a closet that’s against a bathroom or the kitchen and one that’s near the bedroom, use the former to cut-down on conversion costs.
Gaithersburg Closet-Laundry Conversion Guide
To make the remodel less foreboding and far less expensive, align it with a closet that’s against or nearby a bathroom or kitchen. This way, the plumbing and electrical wiring is close (which substantially reduces the cost). When you have the location picked out, you can follow these closet laundry room conversion steps:
- Measure the inside space. To ensure you have the necessary space inside the closet, take some time to measure it. (Do this at least twice and write down the dimensions.) Note the width, height, and length. Then, measure the appliances, plus the space between the washer and dryer, as well as the distance between the appliances and the wall.
- Install flooring protection and plumbing. You’ll need to protect the floor from accidents and to install plumbing. This is work best left to professionals and might even require a permit to do the work.
- Put in the right power supply. Besides the plumbing, you’ll also need the electrical or gas supply to power the appliances. Have a professional do this work as well so it’s up to safety codes.
- Be sure to vent the space adequately. Last but not least, you’ll also need to look into venting the dryer.
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