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Building your dream home: The laundry room, part 1

From the Building your Dream Home: Follow these steps series
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You can’t have a dream home without a great laundry room. It’s a room you’ll use almost every day, and a well-designed space can make your life so much easier.

First, you need to decide if you are going to combine your laundry room and mudroom. If you are going to put them in the same room, use a layout that separates the two space so your clean laundry doesn’t get mixed in with the dirty boots and coats that often wind up piled in a mudroom.

I recommend having a separate laundry room because it feels less crowded and gives you more space for storage.

Plan to build the space for your washer and dryer at least 5-feet deep, though a 6-foot depth makes the room much more comfortable.

You can save space by selecting front-loading machines and stacking them. This opens up more room for cabinets and counter space next to the appliances.

A floor drain isn’t required in a laundry room, but the extra $500 cost for parts and installation is better than water damage after a washer overflow.

We’ll talk more about laundry rooms next week.

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About the author

Vladimir Oulianov has been a specialist in energy-efficient homes in Lincoln since 2002. He is ranked in the top 100 real estate agents in the U.S. and is the top Salesperson in Lincoln for the last 6 years. Other awards include a Lincoln’s Choice Award from the Lincoln Journal Star for Best real estate agent, a 40 under 40 Award from the Lincoln Business Journal and Realtor of the Year from Woods Bros Realty.

Vladimir's Real Estate Services believes in Fair Housing and an Equal Opportunity for all. Contact him at 402-890-0535 or


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