Remodeling to add Laundry Space
Our current layout is a 2 story home with a full basement (3 levels) and our laundry is on the main floor in our kitchen. We have space on our 2nd level, I think, to add a laundry space and was hoping to get feedback from others that have something similar or care to share your opinion. We have a rather long and wide hallway on the 2nd floor with an open space/railing to view down onto the first floor that runs parallel to the hallway. The open space is about the same width of the existing hallway. We were thinking of remodeling to use the existing hallway space to incorporate a laundry space and eliminate the open area by building over the open space to the stair railing for a new hallway. The space would not be large enough to be a laundry "room" but rather a laundry "closet." As it currently is in our kitchen, it is a closet behind bifold doors. The space is wide enough that I could add a laundry sink as well. It would involve us only having to relocate 1 bedroom door (to the master). The plumbing is close by to the space we want to make into a laundry area. We would have to run vent for dryer and 220 power as well. Any thoughts/ideas? The bifold doors would have to be much larger to incorporate the width of washer/dryer/laundry sink - think that would look bad? Don't want to leave the space open because you'd be able to see it from the 1st floor (existing railing up the stairs and down the 2nd floor hall). We really want to get our washer/dryer out of our kitchen and are willing to sacrifice the open area to the 2nd floor to do so. We would still keep the open feel by extending the railing along the new hallway area (as it currently is) rather than building a wall all the way to the ceiling. Opinions/ideas?