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Farmhouse Laundry Room

Posted on | January 23, 2012 | 41 Comments

country laundry room with brick floor and beams Farmhouse Laundry RoomDesigned by Amanda Jones and skillfully created by cabinetmaker David Bowen of Salisbury Artisans.

I collect a lot of inspiration; identifying elements that I can pull for my house renovation. Lately I’ve been thinking about our first floor and where I hope to create a mudroom/laundry/pantry space that flows into the kitchen. The worn wood bench I shared a few weeks ago was an element in my plan.

I’ve been brainstorming a number of places for laundry. Right now, I have to shlep to the laundromat each week—so you can imagine my mind often drifts to my dream space. My house does have a lot of square footage but each room is not large enough or could handle the proportions of front loaders side-by-side unless I want to put them in the basement.

A popular idea in old homes in Marblehead is stacking the washer and dryer and concealing inside a cabinet. I discovered this laundry room on pinterest.

Designed by Amanda Jones and skillfully created by cabinetmaker David Bowen of Salisbury Artisans based in Salisbury, Connecticut. The open beams and styling were the first elements to caught my eye. The room feels utilitarian but with sophistication that lends itself to an older home.

Miele washer and dryer are stacked and concealed inside a gracious cabinet. A single door opens to reveal both machines. A charming washtub re-imagined as an indoor sink is set upon a marble countertop with a wall mounted faucet. Below chicken wire covers the cabinet openings and allows for circulation.

I love the brick floor and proposed the idea to Greg. He has major concerns because he feels the foundation could not support the extra weight of heavy bricks. We’ll have to see if we can reinforce the beams to accommodate once we get closer to the project.

For more detailed photos of the laundry room and home click here to view on Salisbury Artisan’s website.

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wash bucket sink with wall mount faucet Farmhouse Laundry Room

All photos courtesy of Salisbury Artisans.

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41 Responses to “Farmhouse Laundry Room”

  1. Jane Flanagan
    January 23rd, 2012 @ 11:14 am

    Love this. I have shared laundry facilities in my building, but often fantasize about my own laundry room!

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  2. Monica Dunkley
    January 23rd, 2012 @ 12:11 pm

    LOVE that sink!

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  3. Steve
    January 23rd, 2012 @ 12:24 pm

    It looks great and the sink is uber charming but I’m not sure it’s something I’d want to soak my best white shirt in. Cuter than it is practical, I think. I’d love to have that marble backsplash though.

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  4. mopar
    January 23rd, 2012 @ 3:42 pm

    Love the brick floor and the cabinet detailing also. I’d find a salvage laundry sink, or maybe one of those Shaws type china farmhouse sinks.

    We have been grappling with laundry issues & just moved ours from the kitchen to a pantry. I was the dummy who located the washer in the kitchen in the first place, where it looked awful. The great lesson learned is to tuck the ugly thing away in a pantry, a closet, or a pretty cupboard such as you have here.

    Since we don’t want to clean 30 + feet of duct work every year, we plan to buy a combo washer dryer that is electric and ductless. (Right now we have just the washing machine. My mother in law thinks we’re bonkers.) These aren’t for everyone, but they’re good if you live in a row house with no room for laundry on the back wall.

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  5. Kit Mitchell
    January 23rd, 2012 @ 4:34 pm

    I had to throw in my two cents on this post.
    I have designed a few laundry rooms with the Miele combo in a side by side configuration and the washer needs to be perfectly level which is quite a challenge, or the whole house shakes when it goes on the spin cycle.
    Secondly, I love brick floors, but moving wet clothes from washer to dryer always results in something falling on the floor. Murphy’s Law will come into play and a favorite white shirt gets mucked up if the floor isn’t immaculate.
    What a wet rag I am, eh?

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  6. Katy Elliott
    January 23rd, 2012 @ 4:41 pm

    Kit I love sharing real world experiences. Without it I would have to learn the hard way. Thanks for your input!

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  7. abby Belknap
    January 23rd, 2012 @ 11:47 pm

    I highly recommend putting it in the cellar with a laundry shoot from other floors. Then you have plenty of room for ironing without having to put it away each time.. You can have your brick floor and you dont have to take up all that room with totally utilitarian blocky ugly appliances.
    It sounds like a lot of stair climbing, but that keeps the weight off, Not a problem with you now but as you get older.
    My sister did this in her old house in upstate New York.
    In California they are sometimes put outside in small apartments… Not an option in NE.

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  8. Jill
    January 24th, 2012 @ 6:00 am

    You certainly wouldn’t mind doing the laundry in that room. The floor is lovely and the old tin bath used as a sink brilliant idea! I have just come across your blog and will definitely be a follower. Love from a very rainy England.
    Jillx

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  9. Michelle
    January 24th, 2012 @ 9:44 am

    Wow, love your inspiration images. Always do. I would just kill for a brick floor! Whatever you decide, it will be awesome.

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  10. Katy Elliott
    January 24th, 2012 @ 10:32 am

    I don’t think I can fit my washer and dryer in the basement. And it’s the scariest basement you’ve ever seen and not a full basement. It’s all dirt and has a large rock bulging on one side and the ceiling is so short I have to crouch.

    Once I move all our utilities (currently a 2-family) into the space I won’t have any room left. So the options are first floor next to kitchen or second floor in my office area.

    I think the thing I like most about this image is that it doesn’t feel like laundry and more like furniture or something I can blend with my kitchen cabinets. My main kitchen inspiration is simple looks similar to furniture and includes cabinets. See here: http://www.katyelliott.com/blog/2010/03/dreaming-of-a-fancy-girl-kitchen.html

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  11. Patsy
    January 24th, 2012 @ 12:21 pm

    Moving my laundry to the second floor was the thing I loved most in our first reno.

    Clothes don’t end up sitting downstairs forever and we have lovely doors that conceal the inner workings of my laundry empire!

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  12. Lynda
    January 24th, 2012 @ 1:47 pm

    Katy,
    Love your blog! I feel we are kindred spirits, with the exact same taste, and similar houses. Mine’s in Ipswich. I fantasize about moving my laundry from a little pantry area off the kitchen to an upstairs room, but have to say when the kids were little it was great where it is. The top of the washer was the changing table, and I could tend to it easily. And our funky little 18th century back staircase was the laundry chute! Also, I like hanging things outside in nice weather. I bet my basement beats your basement(although they sound exactly the same!)
    best, Lynda

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  13. Edward Herrmann
    January 24th, 2012 @ 2:58 pm

    I have worked with David Bowen on two projects, both of them slightly unusual, not to say eccentric, that demanded imagination and skill. He was just what the doctor ordered. The work was lovely, careful and exactly what I needed. He is also charming to work with and entered into the spirit of each project with enthusiasm and creative suggestions. I enjoyed his company as well his work! That he contributed greatly to the charming laundry room is no surprise. It is terrific.

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  14. Lynn
    January 24th, 2012 @ 6:00 pm

    If there really is no other way to do it, then maybe stack behind a door. It seems like a tidy solution, but be aware, it is inconvenient, and will get old once the thrill of skipping the laundromat is gone. You also have to work really hard to keep things neat with this set up. I’d be trying to think of ways to get at least some folding height counter space. And ditto on the brick floor gunking up your clean wet clothing, especially as there’s just no way to transfer clothing in a stacked set up without dropping some of it. If you have to stack behind a door, be aware of traffic past it. People often stash these in a closet just off an entry way and that’s a nightmare.

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  15. ddleith
    January 24th, 2012 @ 7:06 pm

    I grew up in a 200 yr old+ farmhouse and my folks used octagonal terra-cotta tile in the entry/mudroom into the kitchen sink area. Same color/ feel of brick without the weigh.

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  16. amanda jones
    January 24th, 2012 @ 8:13 pm

    I love the brick floor. It is easy to clean, impervious to water damage and, ‘tho I have dumped our fresh laundry onto it many times by accident, it has never marked or damaged it.

    The Farmhouse is very old and dates from the 1770′s. No corner is true, the walls bow, the roof sags, the floors sag too, but my intention has been to save the integrity of the structure and its remarkable character.

    I have been fortunate to work with a truly gifted cabinetmaker. My home is a work-in-progress and David Bowen is integral to that.

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  17. Katy Elliott
    January 24th, 2012 @ 8:36 pm

    Hello Amanda!

    Thanks so much for sharing your experience with your lovely laundry room.

    David is indeed talented!

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  18. Rebecca Crowell
    January 25th, 2012 @ 9:46 am

    I love the look of the brick floor, too, but a more practical idea might be to use those half-bricks over a subfloor, thereby decreasing the weight. Not sure if they’d hold up to people traffic though. Also, take it from one who didn’t mind schlepping to the basement to do laundry for many years, I am now almost 64 with arthritis and doing laundry 2 floors down from the bedrooms is almost impossible now for me. Everyone gets old and you never know what condition you will find yourself in. Keep the laundry on either the main floor or upstairs. I’d give anything for mine to be upstairs now-a-days.

    (a-former-Marbleheader-now-in-Salem)

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  19. nicole
    January 25th, 2012 @ 2:41 pm

    those pics are truly old house porn. so pretty. we’re lucky enough to have a laundry room in our basement – it’s not glamorous or anything but i have been thinking about making it a little prettier with built-in, kitchen-esque cabinets. i get green with envy when i see martha’s laundry rooms. have you seen finished pics of her home depot cabinetry in laundry installations? even if you built something custom to replicate the look, it’s so very pretty and looks functional.

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  20. David Bowen
    January 25th, 2012 @ 3:41 pm

    I want to mention that there is a pullout between the two machines for folding. Also, the old brick floor is heated.

    The whole space works well and is beautiful, as is the rest of this jewel of a house.

    I so enjoy Katy’s blog.

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  21. Katy Elliott
    January 25th, 2012 @ 3:47 pm

    So smart David! Love the pullout idea between the machines.

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  22. Kelly
    January 25th, 2012 @ 8:37 pm

    As usual you have phenomenal taste! Not sure if you’re going for the Miele but I love mine, worth every penny. (Their vacuums also rock!!) Anyhow, when I researched brick flooring for my master bath & kitchen (years ago) I came across a few suppliers of reclaimed Chicago brick who sliced them like bacon, which might ease your concern over weight. Food for thought.

    Keep up the good work!

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  23. Deborah & the furry gang in OK
    January 25th, 2012 @ 8:39 pm

    Hi Katy, just found you via Pinterest. Loving your blog!

    My home is 14 years old and the Great Room has entry from the front door and also a back door.
    The room is carpeted, but the builder had installed an area of faux brick that’s half an inch thick at each exterior entry. I love it, it’s sealed and easy to keep and would probably do fine over a heated floor. Wish I’d use it over the entire room.

    Don’t have any idea about the brand or source, but a good flooring shop would know what’s available.

    The basement laundry sounds good, but my in-laws in ME had one and as they aged it did become an issue.

    Blessings and health

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  24. quintessence
    January 27th, 2012 @ 8:53 pm

    Beautifully done!!! And I see that the floor is heated – fabulous! I had the stackable Miele washer/dryer when I lived in the city and I can’t say enough good things about it!!

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  25. Sweet Hollow Almanac
    January 30th, 2012 @ 3:27 pm

    This is truly a gorgeous inspiration photo. Definitely check with tile suppliers or patio material suppliers for half-depth brick or tile that looks like brick–there are many manufacturers that make it. Depending on the subfloor situation, you can also pour a very thin layer of concrete and a layer of epoxy, then stamp any pattern you want into it, including brick. This technique relatively inexpensive, and it’s used outdoors all the time for reviving old patios. Stain it and throw a no-slip poolside sealer over it, and the floor should stand up to anything, and clean up easily.

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  26. Karen
    January 31st, 2012 @ 7:01 pm

    People (including me) are very passionate about laundry rooms! Fwiw, I dream of having the laundry on the bedroom level, where almost all of the laundry is generated and needs to be put away! (Clothes, sheets, towels…) We have four kids, and I often feel like the laundry is like mail and I’m living in the post office — it just keeps coming! Anyway, whatever you decide, I’m sure it will be lovely — I love your ideas so far.

    Lynda(from Ipswich) makes a great point about hanging the laundry outside though– that, along with putting the snow clothes, etc. and combining it with a mudroom would almost convince me to do that as well. (PS: Lynda, I agree re: Katy being a kindred New England spirit!)

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  27. Katy Elliott
    February 1st, 2012 @ 10:32 am

    All great ideas.

    I would love to share a floor plan but trying to overcome privacy issues and weirdness about my house map being available to the whole world.

    But I agree Karen. I think the best place might be to incorporate the laundry in with my mudroom. I already have a large white sink and a bathroom next to it.

    I’m thinking about how easy it might be if we do have kids to strip the clothes off, throw the clothes in the washing machine and rinse the kids off in the bathroom all in one space.

    If I put the laundry on the second floor which is immediately above the first floor proposed mudroom (with back stairway), I limit the space from ever becoming a guest or additional bedroom. If we have more then one kid the guest room is gone.

    Of course all these ideas are based in *someday* ideas. But I do think it’s smart to think how different rooms can grow with you and be re-purposed for different stages of life without having to renovate every 10 years.

    Thanks for sharing all your ideas and input.

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  28. Harper
    March 13th, 2012 @ 1:25 pm

    The sink is fabulous!

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  29. tracy
    March 20th, 2012 @ 11:38 am

    Love the floors and the sink… Where can I get the sink?Can I lay the bricks in a upstairs bathroom? My home was built in 1915.

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  30. Karen
    April 19th, 2012 @ 9:18 am

    I love that sink. Take the vessel you are planning to use to one of those spray on pick-up truck bed liner guys and have them spray it after you cut out the drain hole. They could do it in a pale grey and then you wouldn’t have to worry about what the metal would do to your fave white shirt!

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  31. franky
    April 27th, 2012 @ 1:02 pm

    LOVE this farmhouse laundry room…its super rustic looking and it has such a warm and cozy look to it and the fact that you hide the laundry machine and dryer into the cabinet is a great idea.

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    May 1st, 2012 @ 1:01 pm

    Do you have any ideas on how to create a fun and cozy laundry room look?

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    December 10th, 2012 @ 4:04 pm

    Interesting concept,how did you do the drain? what drain body did you use?

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