Archive for the 'Laundry Rooms' Category

Laundry rooms of the rich and famous — their secret

So I’m sitting here watching HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” with Larry David, one of my many guilty pleasures, and Larry is in one of his typical fixes. He’s offered to let the residents of a battered women’s shelter use his washer and dryer when theirs has gone on the fritz. Of course, if you know [...]

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Laundry room appliances too cute to hide

When Kristina Johnson and David Franke remodeled their California kitchen and laundry room, they did a surprising thing: left the door off the laundry room. Of course, I had a question about that missing door: “Why?” You might have to love appliances as much as Kristina and Dave do to understand the reasoning: The high-end, [...]

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The doggie apartment in the laundry room

Where to put the dog bed? That is the question. In my own house, I tend toward the philosophy of: Let’s put the dog bed in the middle of the living room so my fur baby doesn’t get lonely. But not all people are going to warm up to this idea. I’ve never crated a [...]

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The dangers of laundry detergent overload

From Kathy at DIY Life: After we bought our new high-efficiency washing machine, I was warned by a few different people not to use too much detergent. High-efficiency washers use less water and require less detergent to do their job (hence, the efficiency.) I didn’t give it too much thought, though. What’s the worst that [...]

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Don’t miss out on cash for clunkers for appliances rebates in your state

From Consumer Reports: While a few states started doling out rebates to consumers as part of the $300 million cash for clunkers for appliances program at the end of 2009, the launch date for most states will occur throughout the first several months of 2010. Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois (phase 1 only), Kansas, Oregon, Vermont, Wisconsin, [...]

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How to turn a closet into a laundry room

Isn't this the most beautiful transformation you've ever seen? Hopefully there is a pan under the washer in case there is a plumbing failure. I'd hate to see those hardwood floors get ruined. See the whole thing over at Fine Homebuilding. Plus, check out a washer and dryer in a kitchen.

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Laundry room/bathroom combo a great idea

In a previous post, Andrew C. wondered how to best use the extra space on the ground floor of his Crofton, Md., townhouse. He wanted both a larger laundry area and a bathroom. Several readers gave good suggestions. Helen thought up a different configuration for the space with room for a big bath and a [...]

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Design challenge: A bigger laundry room or a new bathroom?

Andrew C., a reader from Crofton, Md., needs our advice on whether to add a bathroom to some extra space on his ground floor, or to enlarge his cramped laundry room. (See the miserable laundry room here and here.) A little background: Andrew bought his three-story townhouse a year ago and plans to live there [...]

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Kitchen design with the dogs in mind

Here’s what I need: an entirely separate room for my Newfoundland mix Zeus — to bathe and dry him, feed and water him, and give him the high self-esteem a dog gets with his own space. This story, in the Hartford (Conn.)Courant, is about a kitchen remodel in which half the space was given over [...]

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Bringing back the iron

Perhaps it was on the same the day scientists figured out how to nanotechnologize (a new word, you read it here first) Dockers slacks to repel all wrinkles and stains that home designers decided we no longer needed a place for an ironing board. Au contraire! In fact, some of us prefer natural fabrics like [...]

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Get a bigger kitchen by liberating your laundry room

Word at the Builders Show: Buyers of new homes want bigger and better laundry rooms. But the remodeling homeowners I visit in SoCal want just the opposite, to incorporate the space of the laundry room into the kitchen, to make the kitchen bigger. But then you have the problem of where to put the washer [...]

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The new kitchen? ‘It’s 100% us’

The new kitchen? It’s ’100% us’ A Glassell Park couple get personal in their latest redo — down to the cat-feeding station. As Kristina Johnson and David Franke discovered while remodeling their Glassell Park kitchen, taking charge of the job — drawing the plans, buying materials, supervising contractors for some work and doing a portion [...]

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Trends, we’ve got trends

Trends are a big deal here at the International Builders Show in Orlando, Fla. That’s because the housing market is down, way down, and builders need to figure out what buyers want. A trend forecast conducted by researcher Gopal Ahluwalia, with the National Assn. of Home Builders, and Gayle Butler, editor-in-chief of Better Homes and [...]

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Remodeling and the single woman

The low-cost remodel of this 1948 Long Beach house has so many things going for it I don’t know where to start. While the hardwood floors were already in pretty good condition when Janet Foster bought this place, everything else you see is her doing, with the help of her dad. Note the one red [...]

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Ask a Realtor: Play room or large laundry room better for flipper house?

Question: We bought a beautiful two-story, five-bedroom home in an excellent area of Newbury Park for resale. However, there is very little storage in the house and a very small laundry room, which feels more like a long closet. I read an article in The Times lately about laundry rooms being the next big renovation [...]

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One word on cooking during a kitchen remodel: How?

Before the demolition crew arrives to tear out your old kitchen in favor a new one, consider this: How are you going to eat with no kitchen? Val and Bernie Van De Yacht (left) collected a stack of restaurant menus before their North Hollywood project started, and Val said it seemed like a vacation. Two [...]

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