There are many reasons to consider a second level laundry. Learn about them here: their pros and cons, how to add one at home, and tips for avoiding water damage.
When we bought our previous house, one of the things I was looking for was a laundry on the main level. I wanted to be able to wash laundry easily throughout the day.
We ended up with one mud laundry which we have updated to be a cheerful and bright space DIY painted concrete floors. We have converted one unused cupboard on a clay bench with storage. The space worked well for our family.
However, when we bought our current home, I specifically looked for a second level laundry. What had changed? I had noticed that there were several advantages to having laundry on the second floor, close to all the rooms.
Now we love our second level modern laundry. It has everything you need to make washing easy and comfortable. We have updated it to have everything Shaker style cabinets, handsome brass faucet, and even a TV frame which functions as art.
Keep reading for all the reasons you like to have clothes on the second floor. Also, take a look at everything I can do laundry organization tips here!
Advantages of a second level laundry
Here are some reasons why you should consider a second-level laundry for your home:
- You will no longer carry baskets up and down the stairs – By far, most laundry is generated in or near bedrooms. These are clothes, towels, sheets, etc. If you have the laundry room close to the rooms, you will not be required to bring dirty laundry baskets downstairs and clean laundry upstairs.
- Washing clothes takes less time Less transporting clothes back and forth means less time spent washing in general. It is easy for all family members to store their own laundry when their bedrooms are within walking distance.
- You don’t need baskets in the rooms – With laundry within walking distance, there is no real need to store a laundry basket in each bedroom. Of course, you can still do this if you want, but it’s just as easy to take your clothes straight to the laundry. At the very least, there’s no reason for teens to let their clothes baskets start to overflow.
- Keep clothes out of sight – Is it me, or is it good to have the laundry away from where guests can see it? Having it on top means that guests are less likely to stumble upon clothes you haven’t finished yet.
- Keeps noise levels low in main spaces – Along with visual clutter, a second-tier laundry also keeps the noise of machines running away from their main living spaces.
- It can warm up your second level – The heat cycle of the dryer can add heat to the top floor, especially if it does not regulate the temperature well. Keeping the door closed in the laundry helps.
- Add noise to your living space – A second level laundry is added to the noise above. This should be taken into account if you will have napps during the day or if you enjoy watching TV or movies.
- Potential for water damage – The risk of leakage is not higher, but it increases the damage it can cause. Of course, this is because the floor under the washing machine is also the roof of the first floor. A leak on the second floor can ruin the ceiling, walls and floors of the first floor. Read on for tips on how to avoid water damage.
- It can be expensive to add – Adding a second level laundry can cost if not done when building the house. In some cases, however, it can be added quite easily. Read on for more information.
How to create a second level laundry
Of course, the best time to add a second-level laundry is during the housing construction phase. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be done after the fact. Our current laundry room started out as a bedroom.
Here are some tips on how to create your own second tier laundry.
First, you will need to cut some space. As I said, ours used to be a bedroom. Unused rooms work very well because they are usually large for a laundry room, have windows for natural light, and have a closet to organize them. They often also share a wall with a bathroom, which can save you money by plugging in the washing machine.
A large closet can also work for washers and dryers. Viously, obviously, this will not be a laundry room, but in some situations you only need to make a wardrobe for the laundry. A long shelf and a wand hanging at the top provide extra storage. If you install a front-loading washer and dryer, you can even add a folding counter.
Look around your space. Maybe you have a games room or a very large storage room where you can borrow. The best space will have a water line on an adjacent wall or directly below, such as a bathroom or kitchen on the first floor.
You will then need to add connections for the washer and dryer. Your washing machine will need a hot and cold water supply, a drain and a power outlet.
Electric dryers need a 240 volt electrical outlet and gas dryers need pipes up to a gas supply. Both types of dryers require an exhaust respirator.
The cost to add connections ranges from $ 300 to $ 600, but can reach $ 2,000. The cost depends on many factors, such as where the existing water and power lines are or if there are any existing plumbing.
For this type of project, it is better to plan the unexpected. You never know what you’ll find inside a wall until you open it. Unless you are a lot familiar with plumbing and electrical work, this is a job for professionals.
Adding a second-level laundry room, if you already have a space like a bedroom, can cost about $ 6,000. This includes the cost of a mid-range washer and dryer.
Don’t forget to budget some fun extras, such as the built-in ones wardrobes, subway tile counter squad, mural art, a violin leaf fig tree, and a cozy carpet. The final touches will help make the laundry less cumbersome.
How to prevent flooding in a second level laundry
Some people are afraid of a second floor laundry because they worry about water damage. But with a little planning, you can be sure that your space is well protected.
- Use a drain pan – There is a drain under the washing machine. It has an edge around each side and a pre-cut hole in the center that connects to a drain and a floor pipe. If water leaked, it would be collected in the drain tray instead of spilling on the floor. The drain pan would push it down the drain.
- Use a water shut-off valve – All washing machines are connected to a shut-off valve. However, for a washing machine on top, you can make sure the valve is easy to access, so you can turn off the water line when the washing machine is not in use. If you go on an extended vacation, for example, you can turn it off. This way you are sure to stop a flood of a burst hose. You can also purchase and install shut-off valves that detect water or leaks and shut down immediately.
- Upgrade to steel braided hoses – For a few bucks more, you can switch from standard wash hoses to steel braided hoses. They are much more resilient and less likely to explode. You should definitely use steel braided hoses in a second level laundry room, but it is a good idea in any laundry room, regardless of the level.
Frequently asked questions
Yes, it is a growing trend! In fact, this is a desirable design for many families. It just makes sense to have the washer and dryer next to the rooms where you need it most.
In fact, it depends on what part of the country you are in. But for most homeowners, a second-floor laundry brings value to the home because it reflects a modern sensibility and style.
Use an easily accessible water shut-off valve and steel braided hoses to prevent flooding. You can also use a drain tray for added security.
Many homeowners find that they can create space for a laundry room by stealing from an existing bathroom, bedroom, or closet.
Maybe in an ideal world, I would have a laundry room on both levels of my house. But for now, I love my second floor laundry.
How is your laundry? I would love to hear it!
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