How to design a utility room

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Utility rooms were not always present in homes but have become a relatively new addition to older and newly constructed homes. Most new site-built and manufactured homes include a utility room that is used as a catch-all room for the home. The utility room is often a backdoor entrance to the home, storage facility inside the home, laundry room and is even utilised as a pantry. Many people building and designing their own homes cannot imagine a house design that does not include a utility room. Though not viewed as the main room of the home, the utility room serves many purposes in the home's maintenance and should be carefully designed by the homeowners in order to meet the family's needs.

Use the design you have created for the rest of your home and decide where you wish to locate your utility room. Consider if you want the utility room to also be used as an entrance to the home and whether the entrance will lead to the back or side of the house or connect the garage and the home.

Draw out the intended dimensions of the utility room onto a sheet of graph paper. Consider if this utility room size is going to work to fulfil all the needs you have for the room. Consider how you wish to use the room; do you want to include laundry facilities, a sink, a hall tree bench, pantry or other storage? Erase lines and redraw to increase the size of the room if it is necessary and fits the parameters of your home and budget.

Sketch in the placement of doors including the exterior door leading to the outside of the home through the utility room and also any doors or openings that extend from the utility room to other rooms in the home, such as the master bathroom or kitchen. Sketch in how the door opens so that you know which space can be utilised and which spaces cannot be used.

Draw in the placement of items like washers, dryers, laundry sinks, benches and utility room storage, cabinets and shelves. Use a tape measure to measure your current washer and dryer or the washer and dryer you plan to place in the utility room to ensure there is space for the devices. By sketching in the storage and appliances, you get a better idea of space and how the room will look once built and furnished.

Redo the design if you are not satisfied once you have finished drawing out the room's dimensions and the placement of appliances and storage. Continue to redraw and redesign the room until you reach a design you like the most. Use your final design to build your utility room.

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