How should I rearrange my utility room?

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Right now my washer and dryer are in the utility room and every thing is gas. I want to purchase an electric dryer so as to not deal with the gas line needing to get moved just turned off. So when you come into house through garage you come in trough that space on right hand are utilized, and on left side washer and dryer. There is barely enough room to walk through and for shoes forget it. So I end up with a pile of shoes and then when I do my laundry it's so dreary. Now I asked my furnace guy if I could place louver doors he said yes but there is a pipe that I would have to have moved. So currently will be looking into that because I think I am better off money wise to move pipe and place doors. Then I won't see and be creeped out buy all the gas in that space. Then the move dryer to family room and have small closet for shoes. I plan on hiring someone I'm not doing it but then closing that area into a small place of its own room. I wish I had thought of that before we bought this place. I could have it moved into kitchen eat in place but would have to move pipes around which gets costly but a great option. Plus would have a window and more space. Then family room won't be touched and pipes are accessible in crawl space so maybe not that bad. Would have to have move electrical 220 volt as well. What do you all think. I'm terrible at this but I want to know what house you would buy because we will be moving soon when H retires. So I like doing improvements that increase value. We have only been here 11 months.
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  • William William on Jan 31, 2017
    Most people want the washer and dryer next to each other. Also people prefer gas dryers over electric dryers. Electricity is expensive and an electric dryer uses a lot at 220 volts. You don't say what rooms are on each side of the utility room. I would see if there is a way to expand the laundry room either on the right or left taking some space from the adjacent rooms.
  • Eroque022810 Eroque022810 on Jan 31, 2017
    William thank you. Behind utility is the hallway that leads into kitchen and not super wide standard. Behind dryer is the garage area but washer in family room . And I agree and I would need to move water over as well. If it wasn't for my height I would get stackable washer and dryer since these are going to die soon. If you look at wall from family room it butts out for washer so I was thinking of just making rather having it made to expand so it would only butt out the same amount as washer for dryer. This wood put them next to eachother. Yes I have only ever had gas dryer but both contractor and repair man for dryer both said that they have electric due to high price of gas and house is wired for 220 above dryer. I have 5 adults 4 are men taller than me so when they wash it's several of darks then all the rest. We must do at least 30 loads a week so saving money would be nice. I could have gas line moved as well. I have a 5ft tall crawl space. I hope that helps.
  • Hillela G. Hillela G. on Feb 01, 2017
    I agree, it might be very annoying to have to move wet laundry into a different room to dry. Maybe instead, give the room some nice decor so that it bothers you less, here are some fun ideas: http://www.hometalk.com/categories/makeovers/laundry-room Good luck!!
  • Eroque022810 Eroque022810 on Feb 01, 2017
    Thanks Hillela.
  • Eroque022810 Eroque022810 on Feb 01, 2017
    I think I've seen every make over its just that none of them are like mine. Since its 2 rooms in compact quarters I just wanted to not have to look at utility closet and I just threw that idea out there hoping for a miracle. One doesn't seem to exist, so thanks to anyone how even looked at this but at this point I'll just deal with it as it is and not bother with it for now. Thanks.
  • Lindcurt Lindcurt on Feb 12, 2017
    I may not correctly understand your lay out from your description. Would it be possible to build a closet out into the garage to set your w/d in. They could still be accessed from indoors but they would essentially be using up garage space rather than house space.
  • Eroque022810 Eroque022810 on Feb 13, 2017
    No would take up garage space that is needed, but thanks.
  • Eroque022810 Eroque022810 on Feb 23, 2017
    Thank you so much I will look at it and I was thinking that maybe instead of placing doors by utility side I can place them on laundry side to separate and then just paint room but decorate the laundry side so that when I open doors I can see that and not focus on utility side since it will be painted and left alone. But I will check out website right now to see what or how to smile when I have doors open. Your great, I see you helping others and me and really appreciate your love for the community and your love of decorating and helping.
  • Judith Judith on Mar 15, 2017
    My home is built on a slab. I purchased a new three door refridator and I am trying to figure out how to run the water line. It is across from the kitchen sink and on the back wall of the living room.
  • Eroque022810 Eroque022810 on Mar 15, 2017
    So I take it you have never had a water line their hum....this is a tuff one you would probably have to go from attic assuming house is one level othwise if 2 story you may need to see because usually to keep cost down they run water line from where kitchen sink is to upstairs bathroom, is that a possibility in your case because a plumber may be able to connect line from upstairs down through wall out into where connection needs to be. I hope that makes sense. So is that a possibility?
  • Ltt834476 Ltt834476 on Mar 16, 2017
    Why don't you go ahead and get the stackable. And since your height might be a problem. Buy or make a long narrow storage bench. You can then use the storage bench to store the shoes & use it as your step up bench to reach your washer dryer settings. Posting a picture of the area in question would really be helpful. :)
  • Eroque022810 Eroque022810 on Mar 16, 2017
    Thanks but I'm just going to have room painted and take it from there.