Is your laundry the size of a closet? Sick of the buzz of the washing cycle interrupting your movie? Then you should consider utilising your garage to build a laundry!
Whether going simple with a stacked washer and dryer combo, or all out with a designer set-up, a garage laundry has many benefits.
Like the idea but don’t know where to start? With the right help, you will be able to transform part of your garage into the ideal laundry for you and your family!
Chris Kelly from Kelly’s Plumbing and Drainage has the answers. We’ve asked Chris to share some of the most important considerations when it comes to a successful garage laundry transformation.
Scope the space, let’s see what you’re working with
You can create a laundry set up using just a small section of the garage – enough to fit a stacked washer and dryer. However, to make it more practical and limit the washing piling up on the floor, you want to include a soaking tub and some bench space.
The next step is to look at the availability of water, power, and drainage services in your garage.
Important questions to ask include, how are you going to connect to hot and cold water? Is there a sewer line nearby that can be utilised? Do you have power available in that area?
Ventilation is also key. “When there is a lack of airflow in the area, moisture could begin to build up. You want to be constantly checking this so that unwanted mould doesn’t grow,” says Chris.
Lastly, whenever you start a new building or renovation project you need to make sure that it is compliant.
“The amount of work and the size, value and nature of the project will determine whether council approval is needed, so if you’re not sure it is always best to check,” says Chris.
Seek advice from the experts
Don’t go in blind, equipping yourself with the right information will make the process easier and a lot more fun.
“In the initial stages make sure you seek the advice of a plumber to make sure the project is achievable. You can then talk to an electrician or a carpenter, depending on the size of your project,” says Chris.
Chamberlain’s myQ technology is also a great option for those who want to let the tradies access their garage at any time. With myQ you can monitor and control the garage even when you’re away from home to get quotes or manage access when your renovations start.
Know your budget
Chris says that it is vital to know what you require of the space and get in touch with your local tradesmen to gather some quotes.
“The cost for a project like this will vary in relation to your wants and needs. It will depend on factors such as the brand of appliances, the materials you wish to use and the complexity of the plumbing and electrical needs,” says Chris.
Ensure you have the right laundry essentials for your needs
According to Chris, the key to keeping the cost down is to keep it simple.
“You don’t have to get custom solutions for everything, there are plenty of choices that will keep your transformation affordable. For easy and cost-effective additions, ready-made cabinetry, pull-out benches and laundry sinks are perfect for making the most out of a space,” says Chris.
Depending on your budget and vision, you might want to explore some alternative flooring options. Think rubber mats, decorative or plain tiles and carpet to complete the space.
Get the noisy washing machine and dirty laundry out of the house. Save yourself the space and the headaches with a garage laundry!
Keen on the idea? Here is Chris’ final piece of advice:
“When you’re shopping around for the right service providers remember that they want to help you make your vision come to life.
“Choose to partner with those who focus on good quality work and building trust
with their customers. Once you’ve established this, you’re good to go!” concludes Chris.
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