I'm a big fan of front-loading laundry machines. I love the extra work space that is created by being able to run a continuous counter all around the room.
But you have to pay attention to the depth and height of the machines you select since they can vary quite a bit. I was trying to be thrifty and had selected an in-stock counter option to complement my off-the-rack cabinetry choice.
What I didn't realize until all the components were installed was that my machines stuck out too far for my standard-depth countertop uh oh! My installers also pointed out that the seals between sections of my premade counters would be susceptible to water damage from the sink. So before I knew it, I was on the phone ordering a custom slab of marble.
Fortunately I'd chosen inexpensive Carrara marble for the floor, so it cost only about $1,500, but it makes all the difference to the finished space. Choosing to keep the 3/4-inch counters at a single thickness and avoiding fancy edge profiles also helped save me a few pennies.
Flip For It
If your laundry machines are extra tall (some are as high as 41 inches) you might be concerned about mounting wall cabinets and not having enough room between the counter and the cabinets for folding.
The easy solution is to mount the upper cabinets horizontally so the doors flip up to open, as this gives a shorter overall height. (If you have ample ceiling height, you can even stack them on top of each other.)
If you opt for doors with sandblasted glass fronts, you'll be able to see what's stashed inside as an added bonus.
It may seem like a crazy concept to put a TV in the laundry room, but hear me out: Folding and ironing aren't exactly a ton of fun and can be very time-consuming, so I figured why not add a little entertainment to the experience? What you save in charges at the cleaners can be put toward multitasking while keeping up to date with your favourite talk show, soap opera or design show.