Lots of inner city terrace houses around Sydney barely have what you can describe as a laundry and ours was no exception! In this post you will find all of our pointers for completely renovating the small laundry of a Newtown Terrace to create a luxurious, multi-functional space.
Tacked on to the rear of our terrace house, when we moved in our laundry was at best a shanty lean to, built in a different era from lots of leftover bits. With barely enough room to squeeze in a washing machine, it had its original trough washing tub, some leaning shelves and not much else. Ever fearful of coming across a giant spider…doing laundry was a constant struggle.
As part of the remodelling of our back-yard area, we decided it was time for the old laundry to get a facelift! Using the existing footprint, our builder shored up the footings and rebuilt the walls to make sure it was solid. We re-did the plumbing and refitted the interior (new Gyprock walls ceiling and cornice) ended up with a fantastic new shell to work with, including a new solid wood door and all.
As is the nature of renovating, once we got it to this point we took a breather while we focused on finishing the exterior and left our washer in its nice little empty home for another year…
Welcome 2015! And after a few weeks of planning and research, this month we have finally completed our laundry renovation. Yippee! Our new laundry is now luxury compared to its former self and a place anyone would enjoy spending time in.
So what did we use?
Affordability for us was crucial. The benefit of small spaces is they don’t need to cost the earth to achieve a great result.
The first thing we ordered were the tiles, which hubby laid brilliantly. Tile Mega Mart – Alexandria has a great range of floor and wall tiles which give you the designer look without breaking the bank! Our top tip is spending the $40 or so to hire a professional tile cutter (it’s well worth the money).
All the cabinetry we used gloss white Kaboodle Kitchens from Bunnings Warehouse. It was so easy to put together and gives a great quality result without breaking the budget.
The most difficult parts for us were lining everything up to cut the holes for the existing plumbing and affixing it to the walls. As well as trying to stand up the pantry cabinet in a tight space while getting the feet on. But we made it.
For our handles and hardware, the far nicer (and cheaper) option was IKEA. In a small space we didn’t want anything too chunky or overwhelming so we went with Varnhem Knobs and Handles.
Our sink and tap ware was from a small high street bathroom suppliers in Campsie called CK Bathroom & Kitchen Supplies. Don’t discount the little guys; they still have quality affordable products and are much more helpful than some of the larger retailers. (Photo on its way!)
CABINETS – Kaboodle Bunnings Warehouse
TILES – Tile Mega Market Alexandria
HANDLES – IKEA
TAPS & SINK – CK Bathroom & Kitchen Supplies
More than just the laundry!
Tackling a project like this can be daunting, but it’s so rewarding to have a space done that you can enjoy for many purposes other than just laundry. Having the extra cupboard space is a much welcome luxury in my little Sydney terrace!
Our new small space terrace laundry is not just for washing! It’s also our:
– linen closet
– outdoor bar area off our deck used for parties
– a man cave / shed
– a hidden storage facility
– a place to wash the dog (if or when we ever get one!)
Thank you to my wonderful husband, without whom, this project would have never been finished! (Well almost finished…yes it’s the old story…my hubbie is a plumber by trade and the sink and tap are yet to be installed…but that the “easy bit” I’m told!)
Check back soon for the final before and after photos!