Having your washing machine and dryer or laundry in the kitchen isn’t that common here in New Zealand, yet. It’s a trend that is seen in European cities and is catching on in the USA in big cities and smaller apartments where space is at a premium.
Does having the extra counter space over under counter appliances make up for the inconveniences of having your laundry in the kitchen or do you still prefer it to be in the garage or separate room?
There’s a lot of advantages to having your laundry in the kitchen –
- The kitchen is a ‘wet space’ with lots of other plumbing already installed
- The flooring is suitable in case of accidental spills or overflows
- It’s central to your homes layout, so it’s an easy place to get the laundry on while you’re preparing dinner
There are a few potential drawbacks to having your washing machine and dryer co-exist with your fridge and oven –
- Noise – having your dryer, washing machine and kitchen appliances all going at once may be noisy
- It may not be possible to close off your kitchen/laundry from other parts of the house
- If bench space is at a premium, sharing the newly folded washing with a cake that’s cooling may be problematic
- Laundry machines may take up precious kitchen storage space
Here’s a few handy tips for managing your washing in the kitchen:
- Have your washing machine and dryer in a cupboard or behind a curtain so they are out of sight when they’re not being used
- Try under counter cabinets so they don’t look that different to your other kitchen appliances
- Only take washing into the kitchen when you’re going to put it straight into the machine
- Do small loads often to avoid your kitchen being overtaken with washing if you have a designated washing day
What do you think of having the kitchen and laundry sharing space with each other? If you’re unsure whether it’s a good idea for your home, consult a kitchen designer today and share your thoughts below.
While great design and installation are both important to the performance of your air conditioning or heatpump, so it’s a must that you find an experienced installer.
It’s not recommended to buy a heatpump and install it yourself as you may void the manufacturer’s warranty.
Find out what you need to know when choosing an air conditioning unit.
Ask them about their qualifications and experience, and find out if they follow EECA’s Good practice guide to heat pump installation publication.
Your installer must have the appropriate licence to carry out any electrical work, and issue a Certificate Of Compliance if required.
A professional heat pump or air conditioning installer will have the knowledge to: Continue reading
Summer is right around the corner, so now is a great time to start deciding how you’ll keep your home cool during the summer.
Selecting the best air conditioning unit and having it installed by a professional through Builderscrack will make all the difference between an efficient system which cools your home at a low-cost and a system which may be expensive to run and not bring much relief from the heat.
Selecting air con for your home is a major decision. It’s an important investment today which will play a key role in your energy bills for years to come. When the summer heat is at its peak, you’ll want the best, most reliable cooling possible. Here are a few things to consider. Continue reading
Last week, we blogged about the different kind of floor plans you can have for your kitchen.
Now that you’ve settled upon the floor plan that will work best for your family, space and needs, it’s time to consider what luxuries you can include to transform even the most basic of kitchen layouts into your dream design.
Consider features in your kitchen layout such as an eat-in area, small computer nook/home office, entertainment center, walk in pantry or other specialised meal preparation areas.
Whether its a builder, designer or handyman, a tradesperson from Builderscrack can help you realise your kitchen layout dreams. Continue reading
If you love cooking and are always in the kitchen, then you’ll surely agree you deserve your dream kitchen, including a great layout to help you create delicious masterpieces.
Whether you’re starting with the floor plan or other features in your dream kitchen, there’s a number ways to include comfort, luxury and practicality into this room.
When you’re looking through different design options, think about the different ways you can make a beautiful yet functional room. Use the Builderscrack dream kitchen layout guide to help you whip up the kitchen of your dreams, then hire professional tradespeople to help you make your dreams come true. Read more about hiring kitchen professionals and trends in kitchen design. Continue reading
The pressures of modern life have contributed towards us having hectic lifestyles, while we constantly rush around without time to relax and enjoy ourselves. Add to this the need to save money on heating and water, and you’ve got one of the biggest contributing reasons to the increased popularity of a walk in shower compared to a bath tub.
If you want to be well informed about the benefits of a walk in shower, then this article will help you. Always seek the expert assistance of a trusted tradesperson through Builderscrack for more information, quotes and design ideas. Continue reading