Designing the perfect laundry room is usually not up there with designing the perfect kitchen or bathroom. You should reconsider the importance and value of having a perfect laundry area, however, because chances are you will be using it almost as much as a kitchen or bathroom. In some cases, the laundry room will be used more than a kitchen. In some cases, unfortunately, the laundry room may even be used more than the bathroom. The perfect laundry room is going to be L-shaped to facilitate the perfection of designing a laundry room in a way that facilitates step-by-step processing of laundering needs. To conserve space you will want a washer/dryer combination that is stackable and is the first thing you see when you enter the room. Next to the stackable washer/dryer and stretching all the way to the wall at the end of the room is a long table with a sink and counter space. Cupboards should be placed beneath this table and you’ll want to add some sliding baskets into the cupboards. These sliding baskets will allow you to store dirty and clean clothes.
Right above this long table should be placed some shelving. This shelving placement makes for convenient storage of your detergent and bleach and all the other cleaning agents that you regularly use when washing clothes. Hanging above this shelving will be a rod from which you place certain items of clothing that you want to dry without facing the danger of placing them inside the high heat of the dryer.
At right angle to this long table is a lower table on which you can place a sewing machine if you have one. If you are not into sewing, you can use this table for the placement of any other crafty items that you would like to take part in while you have the time to wait during the business of cleaning your clothes. Up against the wall opposite the washer/dryer and long table should be storage cabinet with drawers. The drawers are there to keep your sewing equipment or craft equipment or anything else that you might need while taking time to do the laundry.
The opposite wall should have an electric outlet placed roughly in the middle of the wall to make it easier to plug in your iron. The ironing board can be placed against this wall as well. This wall space can also be used for creating a simulator closet in which you hang up your clothes in the arrangement you will want them to be in as they sit inside your closet. All that you need to do then is pick up the hangers and carry them to the appropriate closets.
4 Design an Eco-Friendly Kitchen
Kitchens can often use more energy than any other room in the home; I know mine does. This is especially true if you love to cook and bake in your own kitchen. This all runs up your energy meter. Now look at the cabinets, countertop, floor, everything. When using conventional building materials, both production and installation processes uses up resources and pollutes the ones we have left. Fortunately, with so many companies becoming eco-aware, it’s possible to furnish your kitchen completely eco-friendly.
Here are a few green materials and products to consider when renovating your kitchen.
Cabinets and Countertops can be made from a few very green materials. Bamboo is an extremely versatile and can be purchased from a myriad of companies. It is rapid growing and renews much sooner than traditional hardwood trees, thus being a very eco-friendly material. Bamboo cabinet boards are created by cross layering harvested stalks and pressing them together. It creates a striated appearance that is more visually appealing and durable than conventional plywood.
Durapalm is created in a similar process but from coconut palms. This is a material manufactured by Smith amp; Fong, who use entirely nontoxic adhesives in their products. Kirei Board is made of sorghum plants, which is typically used in foods. It uses the left over plant waste from other manufacturing processes to create compact boards with a gritty texture.
Graphite looks can be achieved with a material made from recycled glass and concrete. It is VOC free and can be seen on Starbucks tabletops, created by Ice Stone. Citilogs uses traditional, but salvaged wood from storms and construction sites. This wood is quality assured and products are hand crafted by Amish craftsmen. Buy the wood and have it sent back as cabinets.
Stainless Steel containers can replace your plastic ones. Not only does it look better, it’s better for the environment. Try finding stainless steel utensils with bamboo handles. Refrigerators are the number one energy guzzling appliance. Get rid of your old ones. This means the reused one in the basement or garage. Older appliances were not made eco-aware. Always check for the Energy Star Label when purchasing your refrigerator and any other appliance.
Unplug your other appliances when you don’t use them to save significantly on the electric. BioBags are a save in landfills. These are garbage bags made from corn products and are bio-degradable. With the dozens of companies looking at a green future, putting the eco-friendly materials in your hands, you can be green in the kitchen and every other room.