Saturday, November 7, 2009

to front load...or not to front load...

That is the question...

I am embarking on a total gut and reno of a room in my basement to use as a new laundry room. As strange as this is going to sound...I love to do laundry. I do. And I am ok saying that outloud. It must be the part of my brain that likes everything to be neat and orderly...and smelling fabulous. Yes, I can stand next to you and tell you what brand of fabric softener you use. A strange and useless talent, but whats a girl to do...

Growing up we had a huge room for our laundry room. It was a big old farmhouse, and it had those great wood cabinets that went all the way to the ceiling, cabinets and counters everywhere. Lots of windows for natural light. Even then, when I was too young to know anything about the value of good counterspace and a deep farm sink, I remember loving all the workspace.

Sadly, in my current home, I don't have a huge room to use for my laundry room. I gave it up to my husband for a workshop. A backhanded gesture since he spends his time in there fixing and building the furniture I paint!

Anyway, my "new" laundryroom is in the basement, so has no luxury of natural light, and is only an unfortunate 7 ft x 8 ft. So...there goes my dream of a center island for folding. I am looking for a gorgeous yet space saving and efficent layout.

So the question I have for all of you is...

Do you have a front load washer??...and if you you love it..or hate it?

I am not totally sold on the whole front load thing, anyway. Maybe it  is because I am tall. At 5'11" those front loaders seem pretty short! It is going to be like doing squats every day getting the laundry in and out. Not that its a bad thing, I guess. Maybe my bum would shrink a little.

But I like the idea of having a counter on top, especially since my room is small. Is this a good idea? I am not sure...I would love to have the drawer underneath just for the sake of making them more user-friendly. I think having them right at my height would be a great idea.


Oh, and I am throwing the picture in below just becuase I think the sink is so stinkin' cute!!

I hope some of you will leave me a comment on your opinion of the front load washer. Are they really worth the expense? Do I want a counter over it, or should I have a drawer under it to make it a more comfortable??

Can't wait to show you the before and after pictures!