When graphic designer Amanda Jane Jones and her husband, Cree Lane Jones, moved from Chicago to Utah, their now 9-year-old daughter, Jane, had one request: Don’t let her sleep near washing machines. “Poor thing. She always had the laundry in her room, so it was noisy all the time,” Amanda recalled. Lucky for Jane and the rest of the couple’s kids (Miles, 6, and Wes, 3) , their new 2,800 square foot home in Provo is big enough for the family to finally have a dedicated mudroom-laundry connected to the garage.
It took a little patience to carve out the hard work area. The area was not only a covered outdoor carport, but the ground below was sinking. After some necessary engineering work that involved raising the house and stabilizing a few walls, Amanda got to work on flooring and appliance selections, as well as a nifty addition that would change the day of the laundry as they knew it.
Copy the kitchen
It didn’t take long for Amanda to realize that it would be efficient and profitable for her to order her kitchen cabinets. and laundry area at once. She also admits that she is a sucker for cohesion. “I think because I’m a graphic designer, I want the same kind of look,” she says. Amanda turned to Form Kitchens, a European brand that offers custom cabinetry without the showroom markup. The white concrete countertops, meanwhile, were cast on site by a local fabricator.
Smile while you swim
While Cree was skeptical of Amanda’s craze of choice – the fireclay floor tile – at first, the matt rectangles proved useful in their new climate. The dark brown tint helps hide the mud that ends up inside. “Utah is a lot dirtier and dustier than what we were used to in a city,” Amanda says.
Leave the fancy tech to someone else
After leaving their old washer and dryer in Chicago, the couple needed brand new appliances that, to begin with, didn’t break the bank and fit in the tight nook under the counter. Thanks to a Labor Day sale, they were able to find the ones from LG that fit the bill on both counts.
Because the space is a passage to the garage and, therefore, to the outside world, Amanda added a few key accessories near the washing and folding station. A round mirror above the sink means those tall enough can grab a final check on their outfit before running out, and tiny individual key hooks promise important items won’t get lost in the mix. .
Hook, line and sinker
At the Joneses, laundry happens about once a week, “but it takes all day,” Amanda notes. For someone who continually moves in and out of the room, a flimsy floor dryer is a tripping hazard. So instead, she bought George and Willy’s ceiling-mounted pulley system, which keeps clothes out of the way and also closer to the ceiling where the air is warmer.
quench your thirst
Cree was the one who was adamant about adding a drinking fountain to the room (he had one in the house he grew up in). “I thought it was frivolous, but I was shocked at how practical it is,” Amanda says. Not only aren’t there a million half-drunk water glasses lying around the house, but it allows her youngest, who isn’t yet old enough to drink alone at the kitchen sink, to have a little more independence.