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10 Small Laundry Room Ideas [With Answers to Common Home Building Questions]

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, May 18, 2015 @ 11:05 AM

Laundry Room Layouts for Small Spaces:

Functional laundry rooms are essential for daily (or weekly) routines. Although we're seeing more new home plans that expand laundry rooms into multi-purpose mud room spaces, many home buyers also prefer to keep laundry spaces compact (and uncluttered). 

We've compiled photos of our most popular small laundry rooms -- typically 6'x6', 6'x8', or 6'x9' to give you layout options and storage samples that work well in compact areas.

Here are some examples of Raleigh custom homes with large laundry rooms or mud room combinations:

Compact Laundry Room Layouts:

These Raleigh custom homes contain compact laundry rooms -- usually placed near the garage -- that pack a lot of utility into relatively small spaces. See photos of small laundry rooms, with answers to some of the most common questions we hear about building efficient laundry rooms.

Popular layout and storage questions include:

Small Laundry Room #1: How big should my laundry room be to fit a sink?

The laundry room should be at least 6'x8' to comfortably fit a free-standing sink. Here is an example of a small 6'x8' laundry room that comfortably fits a base cabinet with drop in sink. 


The built-in tile step raises the height of the side-by-side washer and dryer, making them a bit easier to load and unload. A small walkway allows you to reach the washing machines.

The sink offers under-cabinet space; two upper cabinets provide additional storage space, without taking up precious floor space. A window keeps the room feeling more open. See more photos of this home.

Small Laundry Room #2: How can I fit more storage into a small laundry room?

Here is a great example of a small corridor style laundry room with well-integrated storage space.

Built in shelves line the back wall, for out-of-the-way storage.

A utility sink -- slightly more compact than a cabinet sink -- fits between the washing machines and shelves. And a built in ironing board folds out of the wall. (See examples of master bedroom closets with built in ironing boards, here.)


Small Laundry Room #3: A drop zone won't fit in my laundry room. How can I modify my floor plan to get the storage I want?

If you love a floor plan as-is, but want additional mudroom style storage, consider re-locating your drop zone into a hallway.

In this version of The Heatherfield, the compact laundry room can't accommodate a large drop zone. Instead of expanding the laundry room, the home owner asked for a drop zone in the hallway.

This hallway connects the garage to the laundry room and kitchen -- placing the drop zone in a location central to all three high traffic rooms.


Small Laundry Room #4: I want storage in my (small) laundry room -- in addition to wall cabinets. What options do I have?

Here is another small laundry room with flexible storage options. Cabinets hide cleaning supplies, while wire shelves double as open storage and a clothes handing racks:


Don't forget to take advantage of wall spaces -- you'll find lots of ways to add fixtures and racks to make a compact laundry more usable.

Small Laundry Room #5: What layouts do you recommend for very small laundry rooms?

In this version of The Smokey Ridge, the powder room and laundry room wrap around each other, allowing each enough space for a sink. 


In this custom floor plan, see how the powder room and laundry are each "L shaped":


What's another benefit of this layout? The powder room toilet is hidden, even if the door is left open. From the living room, you and your guests will see straight to the formal sink.



Small Laundry Room #6: What's the smallest laundry room you've built?

Every custom home we build is unique -- and many feature small laundry rooms.

This version of The Worthington II takes the cake, however, for our smallest laundry space. There is no door on this laundry room -- it is completely open, located in a hallway beside the kitchen.


From another angle, you can see the "butler's pantry" style laundry sink. This sink is separated from the washer and dryer by a small hallway.


See the floor plan for this Raleigh custom home, here, to get a better idea of the laundry layout.


Small Laundry Room #7: What will make my small laundry room feel bigger than it really is?

Two tricks can help any room feel bigger: windows and white or light colored finishes.

If you're laundry room is located on an exterior wall, consider adding or enlarging a window. In this version of The Cannon, an arched transom window and formal white trim give the room a more open feel.

White upper cabinets (paired with a white washer and dryer) keep the room feeling fresh.


Small Laundry Room #8: How does a custom home builder modify a floor plan to adjust room sizes?

In this version of The Bryson, the home owners asked for a mud room style laundry -- complete with a dog shower and indoor dog house -- in addition to adding enough space to the garage for two cars and a motorcycle.

To save costs (and avoid expanding the foot print of the home), Stanton Homes made a few floor plan adjustments. We:

  • Custom built the dog shower on-site to fit beside the washer and dryer.
  • Added a dog house under the staircase (to avoid taking up floor space).
  • Moved the garage wall inward to create an alley style, single wall laundry.

Overall, this laundry room is on the small side -- but it maximizes efficiency and incorporates a few floor plan modifications and architectural tricks that make it feel much bigger.


Get a better idea of the laundry room layout in this floor plan:


Small Laundry Room #9: I want to save costs in the laundry room. Where do you recommend cutting costs?

While most home buyers choose to include upper cabinets in the laundry room, you can always choose to save costs with the storage, flooring, and layout you choose.

The lower cost of simple shelving -- rather than full cabinets -- will save you a chunk of money.

Alternatively, by installing vinyl -- rather than tile -- floors, you can cover the cost of additional cabinetry or custom built-ins. (The photo below is an example of vinyl flooring.)

The finishes you select should reflect your lifestyle. Will your next laundry room service as a "home hub" or will it be a quick stop on your way to other activities?


Small Laundry Room #10: How else can I save money in my laundry room design?

If you plan on using your laundry room for daily chores, you won't regret adding a folding counter top.

Another great way to save money in your counter top laundry room is by adding the counter WITHOUT also paying for cabinets below.

Here is an example:


The home owners left an opening below the counter top to save money -- while also leaving a space for laundry hampers. Do you own pets? This is also a great, usable space for a cat litter box or dog bed.


Laundry Room Tips - From a Raleigh New Home Builder:

Whether you're looking for a full mudroom design or a small laundry space, the functional laundry rooms pictured in this blog contain a range of floor plan layouts and ideas to consider for your next home.

What's updates is your family looking for in your next home? Tell us what you're looking for, and we'll show you how to built it - with recommendations for floor plan features and selections that fit your budget.


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Raleigh Floor Plans with Laundry Room Next to Master

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Dec 02, 2014 @ 05:12 AM

Floor Plans with Laundry Room Access Through the Master Closet

Raleigh Home Plans

Raleigh Floor Plans with Laundry Room Next to MasterFloor plan designs typically place the master suite and laundry room on opposite ends of the home.

A separated layout keeps washer and dryer noise down, and it directs traffic patterns away from your bedroom.

Stanton Homes is seeing a shift in new home requests, with more home buyers asking to see floor plans with the laundry room next to the master bedroom, with or without an additional door straight into the master bath or master closet.

Here are a few favorite North Carolina new home designs - with a laundry room close to the master bedroom.


(This laundry room - located directly across from the master suite - is taken from a version of The Dinsmore.)




The Timber Ridge - Max Fulbright Design

The master bathroom leads directly into the laundry room in this Max Fulbright design.

Separate his and hers closets wrap behind the dual vanities. Floor Plans with Laundry Room Next to Master

The Ingram - Alan Mascord Two Story Home

In this version of the Ingram, a two story Alan Mascord home design, the master bedroom has direct access to the laundry room / craft room through the walk in closet.

A two story design - with the master bedroom on the second floor - has the added benefit of keeping the laundry room on the same level as all (or most) bedrooms.

Floor Plans with Laundry Room Next to Master



The Halstad by Alan Mascord

In this main floor master design, the laundry room is located just around the corner from the master bedroom.

Ample storage cabinets, a built in ironing board, a sink, and two counter tops create a functional design - with easy clothing transportation between rooms.

A separate mud room keeps the working laundry room clear of outdoor gear and everyday clutter.

Floor Plans with Laundry Room Next to Master

The Sherri - Custom home design by Stanton Homes

In this version of The Sherri, the master bedroom includes a private entrance to the laundry room, through the walk in closet.

Access between the master closet and laundry room couldn't be easier.

Floor Plans with Laundry Room Next to Master


The Madison - Max Fulbright Designs

Inside The Madison, the first floor laundry room is located just steps away from the master suite.

Across the hall, a linen closet offers tucked-in storage space.

Floor Plans with Laundry Room Next to Master


Floor Plans wtih Laundry Room Next to Master


In this laundry room, doors lead to the master closet and main hallway.

An extra large drop-in stainless steel sink with spray faucet adds a sleek and practical design.





Raleigh New Home Design Ideas:

Get more ideas for your master bedroom layout and laundry room design, here:


Floor plans with a mud room - with drop zone photos

What is a Universal Design laundry room?

Master Suites with outdoor living spaces

Master Bathroom Trends

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Mud Room Designs for Custom Homes | How to Add a Mudroom

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Mar 12, 2012 @ 10:03 AM

Raleigh Floor Plans | How to Add a Mudroom

"Home Hub" Storage Room

Mud Room Designs for Custom Homes | How to Add a Mudroom


The Carwiles came to Stanton Homes with a traditional-style floor plan and a few questions. 

And with some modern thinking, we made savvy improvements on the livability of their floorplan.


With an entertaining style of casual elegance rather than formal, the Carwiles were willing to eliminate their formal dining area in order to put that space to better use.

The small laundry room behind the kitchen was moved into the dining room space. The laundry room space became an ample walk-in pantry with exterior window.

Mud Room Designs for Custom Homes | How to Add a Mudroom

The new laundry was customized to become more than just a mudroom - it was designed to be an entire "Home Hub" - a space for "life" to occur.

We started by wrapping the room with cabinets and built-in countertops. The tall cabinets were designed to house large cleaning tools and supplies. The upper cabinets were designed to house wrapping paper, light bulbs, pet supplies and a first aid kit. 

Mud Room Designs for Custom Homes | How to Add a Mudroom

A sink base cabinet with faucet and sprayer was added for cleaning out pet dishes, re-filling water dishes and pre-treating clothes with stains.  Areas below the countertops were left open for pet feeding dishes and large baskets for outside plastic toys and outdoor gear. 

Mud Room Designs for Custom Homes | How to Add a Mudroom

Above the sink, an open area was fitted with a rod for hanging hand-laundered garments and delicates. A security system panel and large bulletin board (for children's artwork) are conveniently located to the left as you enter the room.

Mud Room Designs for Custom Homes | How to Add a Mudroom

The countertop backsplash areas were fitted with extra outlets at desk height - perfect for phone and camera charging stations.

The Carwiles also plan to add adhesive-backed 12 x 12 cork tiles (coordinated to match the cork plank flooring) to the backsplash area for calendars and appointments.

This forward-thinking design of "green" cork flooring is loved for its exotic earthy looks, resilience (moisture friendly) and hypo-allergenic qualities. Cork is an ideal choice for a 21st century home hub.

The color scheme and casual style of the Carwile home hub will lend itself well to future needs. Yes, we thought of everything in this "life friendly" room - even finger painting can happen in this 100% washable, kid-friendly design.

Here’s how the team at Stanton Homes worked with the Carwiles to modify their floor pland it, together:

The Carwile - Modified Floor Plan




Mud Room Designs for Custom Homes | How to Add a Mudroom

Above is the modified Carwile floor plan, after custom modifications were made to meet the needs of the homeowner:

 - Formal Dining Room has been replaced with large "Home Hub" mudroom/laundry room combination

 - Laundry Room has been converted into extra large walk-in pantry


Mud Room Designs for Custom Homes | How to Add a Mudroom
Want to add a large mudroom to a floor plan you already love? Our design team will sit with you to sketch up ideas for your floor plan, together.

Design sessions and in-house design work come at no extra cost in your custom home package.

See your ideas come to life in the hands of our experts – designing real homes for real people - contact us to talk about your own special layout.

Want to see more custom modifications in The Carwile?

Click the image below to see how Stanton Homes can transform your master bathroom floor plan:

Mud Room Designs for Custom Homes | How to Add a Mudroom


Contact Stanton Homes for floor plan ideas
, or to get find out more about building a custom home in North Carolina.

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