WINNING DESIGNER: Haden Long, Ellecor
PROJECT GOAL: The owners wanted the limited space of their small laundry room to have as much utility as possible. It was also important for the room to reflect the aesthetic of the rest of their home, as well as serve as some extra storage space.
Making the most of limited space can be a challenge, but with a few innovative ideas, Haden Long of Ellecor added storage and style to a small laundry room. “She had several specifics,” Long says of the property’s owner. “She wanted to stack the washer and dryer, which was nice because that gave us a little more room [...] we went off colors that she likes to pick out the tile and the backsplash, and we did the woodgrain on the back of the mudroom just to give it a little more character and durability on that wall.”
Long used the opportunity to add an especially useful hatch next to where the washer and dryer would stack, leading directly into the bedroom closet so that clothes could just be dropped through. Open cubbies and a mudroom bench were added, and Long had the idea to replace one of the walls with a sliding door. “It was mostly to save space,” Long says. “We didn’t want to have that door swinging out into the hallway, and we didn’t want it swinging into the laundry room. It would just take up space no matter where it was.” The frosted glass that takes up most of the door was added because of a similar design in the home’s pantry, creating a consistency in the interior decor. “We remodeled the kitchen for her the year before, so we used the teal color that we did in the kitchen and carried it back to the laundry room.”