Striking hallways, because first impressions count, functional laundries and linen presses with an impressive amounts of storage space.
It was a tough week on The Block with three out of five couples failing to completely finish their rooms.
Ronnie and Georgia were beaten down this week, tired and things did not come together as they had expected. It seems like it’s a lot to do in six days and thank goodness we all have more time when undertaking our own DIY projects.
However, excitement for Sticks & Wombat as they had their first win on The Block and well deserved it was too!
First impressions do count and all the period homes had striking entrances.
The judges were somewhat concerned about the entrance to House Number 3. Ronnie & Georgia have selected a Victorian archway even though it’s an art deco Federation home. Apart from that minor detail which Shaynna Blaze couldn’t get past, the entry has a nice feel and we love the cornice, even though it is from the wrong era.
Other contestants hallways were fresh, white and crisp and Jason & Sarah’s majestic feature sky light is jaw dropping.
Sticks & Wombat finally found their ‘inner girl’ and their styling appealed to the judges. How Uber Leich!
“Never underestimate storage,” wise words from Shaynna Blaze and something we always tell our clients.
Whilst Ronnie & Georgia’s laundry was spacious, Shaynna was quick to point out – there’s no space to store your mop and broom!
Yep, rookie mistake. No vertical cupboard – you should’ve used Cabinetmakers Choice Ronnie & Georgia, we would have got it right!
Josh and Elyse had a brilliant idea with their drying room under the stairs. Interesting to see how much this is used; with Melbourne’s Winter, probably a fair bit!
Designing a laundry
Installing cabinets or hanging shelves will increase your storage space – the more vertical space you can use, the better.
If you’re using shelves, open shelving is great, but remember you need to dust the shelves from time to time!
The area above your washer and dryer is another good option for storage. If you can, choose a front-loading washing machine and make sure both appliances have controls on the front rather than the top, so you can place a benchtop over them to provide a space for folding or for storage.
Cabinetmakers Choice Laundry ‘must haves’ and ‘nice to haves’
To design an efficient laundry, think about the tasks you’ll be doing in there.
Sorting clothes, washing, drying, and folding.
Here are some things to think about when renovating or building a new laundry:
Lots of storage space
Drying rack and hanging bar
A vertical cupboard or space for brooms and mops
Cabinets – low and high
Safe place to store washing powder and fabric softener
Cabinets kids can’t reach
A place for your iron and ironing board
Pull down ironing board
The Linen Press
The Linen Press. Linen Closet. Linen Cupboard.
Whatever you want to call it, this is often the space in the home that is really difficult to keep perfectly neat.
Fitted sheets are often the culprit being particularly difficult to neatly fold adding to the disarray.
However, with a bit of thought, you can fold linens neatly to fit wide or narrow cupboard spaces – working with what your space will allow. Call on Martha Stewart if you need to!
Try and have as many shelves as you can in varying heights to make organising your linen a lot easier.
Check out our Pinterest Board for linen press ideas.
Cabinetmakers Choice has a range of materials – laminate, melamine, veneer – and cabinetry hardware for your DIY laundry renovation and we’ll help you build an impressive linen press too!
Images: Channel 9