Utility Room Design Ideas
One of the most needed but least talked about rooms in any home is the utility room. If you are thinking of adding one to your custom home or upgrading your existing space, Lions Den Construction has some ideas to get you started. Before you start your project, you should think about what you need to store and what type of compartments this room should feature. The goal is to create a space that is functionally efficient and aesthetically pleasing at the same time.
What the Room Should Hold
Aside from a functional laundry room, what other purposes would you like your utility room to serve? Some ideas include:
- Arts & Crafts Area
- Ironing & Mending
- YouTube Filming Room
- Pet Room
- Mud Room
- Photo Staging Room
After you figure out what you want your room to do, now you need to decide what you need to make it happen. Speaking with a professional team like the one here at Lions Den Construction will help you better understand what is needed to make your project successful. Depending on your room’s specifications, you may need special lighting or even customized storage units.
Adding in a few universal features that would appeal to potential home buyers is also a good idea. Consider adding a small platform to bring the dryer up to an elevated height. This makes drying clothes more comfortable regardless of a person’s size. Adding multiple outlets around the room will also make arts and crafts easier to complete.
Where to Place the Room
Depending on your renovation plans, you may have a few options for utility room placement. Most people will build this room somewhere on the first floor. The most common area is next to the kitchen, or even between the garage and the back door. You can also transform your basement into a workroom, or use a room in the second or third floor of your home as a utility room. Not all homes have a washer and dryer upstairs, but for those that do, it can make household chores much easier.
Consider Your Lighting
Working with a design team will help you create customized lighting solutions that fit your room and your budget. Make sure you explain what type of lighting you will need in each area and what type of projects you will use the room most often. Cabinet lighting can be paired with overhead lights or even a skylight to create a dynamic space for all occasions.
Think About Your Cabinets
Aside from bathrooms and kitchens, utility rooms need the most installed cabinets. Think about matching the doors in your utility room to the other cabinets in your home, or choose those that have a similar style for total cohesion. Utility rooms also tend to attract a large amount of dust and lint. Surfaces and styles that are easy to clean paired with a sturdy finish will ensure your space looks pristine for years to come.
How We Can Help
Upgrading your home to include a utility space, or to expand your current workroom is a great way to add functionality. If you are looking for suggestions or want to get an idea of how much your project will cost, we can help. Contact us today at (416) 893-8318 to find out more about our Toronto home renovation services.