Move-It-On-Up, The Laundry Room

I remember as a child going to visit my Aunt.  She had an old wringer-washer in the basement and every Thursday was laundry day.

wringer washer

From: GoldOldDays/Pinterest

I helped, and was fascinated, by the old washer. And then came the time to hang everything outside on a clothes line to dry, which had to be propped up with a long pole.  The possibility of the washing machine overflowing happened a lot, which is probably why the laundry was originally located in the basement by a main floor drain.

Nowdays, the need for laundry to be near the main floor drain is almost non-existent with the state-of-the-art washing machines and dryers we now have. Over the years, laundry rooms have gone through several transitions. First, they moved out of the basement and onto the main floor. Still, they were often neglected and placed in the mud room or garage. More recently, they have been making a move to the second floor, or close to the bedrooms. Oftentimes, laundry rooms will be located nearest the master bedroom, or even part of the master closet. The biggest advantage in having the laundry room near the bedrooms, or as part of the closet, is because it is near where most of the dirty clothes, sheets, blankets, and other items are generated.

Upstairs laundry room

Photo from Connie Fitzgerald, RE/Max Closers, Pinterest

So, why then, do we still have our bedrooms on the second floor of our homes along with our clothes closets and laundry still being done in the basement?  Why not Move-It-On-Up near to where your clothes are stored?  Makes sense to me, especially as I get older and stairs can sometimes be a challenge.

While kitchens and bathrooms are still the most popular home renovation projects, the laundry room is beginning to become a sought after renovation area. We have been moving laundry rooms UP more and more.  Good bye to the days of having the laundry room hidden from the rest of the home! We can help you integrate a new laundry room into your home design, instead of being thrown into the floor plan as an afterthought.  Dreaming of that new laundry space, then give Adams Design Construction, Ltd a call 608-241-9009, we’d love to help your dreams come true!

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Prevent Dryer Fires

Cleaning out your dryer’s venting system is a quick weekend project and an important cleaning chore to help keep you and your family safe.

Every year, an average of 14,500 clothes dryers catch fire!  This isn’t due to a wiring issue–rather, it’s because lint collects in the dryers exhaust ducts.  Lint builds up very fast, is highly combustible and can spread a fire quickly.  Cleaning your dryer vent once a year can help prevent a fire.

The easiest way to clean the dryer vent fully is with a dryer vent cleaning brush.  Start from the outside of the house, where the vent is and work inward toward the dryer.  You will be amazed at what comes out of the dryer vent, so keep a trash bag or two nearby.

Also remember to turn off the dryer when you are not going to be at home.  Dryer fires spread so quickly, so it’s definitely better to be safe and not sorry!

After the vent has been thoroughly cleaned, you can take several steps to make sure that your dryer is operating safely year-round.  Always clean the dryer’s lint screen after every use. Vacuum behind the dryer as part of your regular housekeeping chores.  When you are behind the dryer, make sure the dryer vent duct hose is made from aluminum.  If you spot an older plastic dryer vent, be sure to replace it to reduce your risks of fires.

Need a new laundry room or update an old one?  Give Adams Design Construction a call – 608-241-9009 or visit our website http://www.adamsofmadison.com . We love making your home new again!