Originally posted September 3, 2015
I wrote this blog for the other blog I maintain for a subdivision I’m marketing with my business partner and thought it was relevant for everyone – not just new construction buyers.
Love or hate it, at some point you’re going to have to do laundry and lots of it. Whether you operate out of a laundry room or closet, use top or front loaders, throw in Tide or [insert other brand name detergent], one thing is clear – no one seems to agree on where laundry should be done.
In my mind (and basing this on the fact that we are in a two story home) and you’ve got four options. The basement, the first floor, the second floor, and the laundry mat. Let’s exclude the latter for the purpose of this blog.
I think it’s safe to say that most people really don’t want to do laundry is basement. If we assume it’s not finished, basements are normally dark and lonely, plus you’ve got to go up/down two sets of stairs to have to navigate. All in all, the worst choice.
Then there’s second floor laundry, a trend that has been increasing over the better part of the last decade. The benefits are obvious. For one, it means no more schlepping dirty clothes from your bedroom or shower to the first floor and, even more convenient, no having to haul a laundry basket full of clean clothes upstairs. It’s a time and energy saver, but it’s not a no brainer. Many people don’t like the fact that having laundry near the bedrooms means they can’t do laundry during the night since it may wake up sleeping kids. Others think it’s dangerous to have your washer on the top floor because, if it breaks a leak, the water will spill onto the first floor and create a nightmare.
Which leads us to having first floor laundry. Proponents this argument say that much of their day is spent on the first floor in the kitchen area and living space and having to go upstairs for laundry would be more work than having everything on one level. With reward comes sacrifice though, and you better be okay with lugging your finished loads up the stairs (or enlisting the help of grateful family members who will do the last step for you).
Lucky for you, Crosswinds caters to all laundry lovers by offering a first and second floor option. The benefit to the latter, however, is that by moving the laundry upstairs, you would gain a huge pantry/storage space at the entrance (on most models). But whatever one you prefer, the choice is yours