Put in Counter or stack W/D
We are buying an existing house with a utility room that is sort of small but has most of what we want. The picture I have are not ideal:
On the left when you come in, is a small cabinet with a sink. To the right is the freezer:
That side of the utility room is fine as is.
On the right, you have next to the door the washing machine hookup with a cabinet above the washing machine (not pictured but looks like the one above the sink). To the left of the washing machine is the hook up for the dryer. To the left of the left is a small space (maybe 18" - I forgot to measure it) that has nothing in it. I could keep broom or mop there.
They have created some hanging space but really that isn't important to me (rarely do I need to hang anything in the utility room).
The utility room is missing two things, one more critical than the other:
1. No counter space to fold anything.
2. No place for cat litter box. When we were planning to build (decided not to) I was going to have a counter that was open underneath and put the cat litter under the counter space.
I see two options (we have a front loading washing machine and front loading Dryer).
1. Keep the basic layout as is except put the dryer in front of the washing hookup and the washing machine in front of the dryer hookup (this is because of how the doors open on each one). Built a counter over them.
Advantage - Easy to do and creates counter space.
Disadvantage - Counter space is a little high since it has to go over the washer/dryer. Also there would not really be room for the cat litter box. There would be space between the wall and washing machine (where the dryer is now) but it is not wide enough for the cat litter box. There would then be no room for brooms mop if we did that so maybe we would put in a small brook closet in what is now the open space.
Stack the washer/dryer then build a counter next to it. There would be room under the counter for the cat litter pan as well as the cat food bowls/water.
Advantages - Place for cat litter pan/food/water, counter at proper height.
Disadvantanges - stacked W/d. Assume I would put the stacked W/d next to the door on the immediate right.
Would give up having a place for brooms/mops. Well,actually not entirely as there is some room next to the freezer space but would not have room for broom closet.
Any other thoughts/ideas/feedback?