See an Amazing $400 Laundry Room Remodel for a Family of 8
Ronda Batchelor and her husband, Les, have six kids. Yes, you read that right. The children are ages 20, 18, 16, 13 (twin girls) and 10. Needless to say, when it comes time to do laundry for the family of eight, Ronda spends a solid day or two doing nothing but sorting, washing, drying and folding.
(we're judging the laundry room, not the launderer)
The mother of 6 might only have to do laundry for 2 children , and not for too much longer either.
ever taught all my children how to do the laundry and they often help. They also have many other chores around the house they are expected to do weekly as well as daily. I love my laundry room and all that goes with it and my big family!!
No. NO one 'need(s) to wonder why the older kids aren't...' If all you got out of this article is that other people aren't doing things the way you would do them, you missed the point entirely.
Maybe think twice before liking a comment that is a catty judgement of how another woman runs her household? That's your 'inside' voice talking - ignore it.
As terriwk points out, 'this is HOUZZ, folks.'
Most American appliances are huge. If the laundry is sorted, then it's more economical to do it all at once. Plus, if the machine is in a place where the noise interrupts living space, having teens run the machine when it's dinner time or later at night can be an issue.
As an aside....I have 5 kids and we do family laundry also. All the older kids know how to run laundry and help out regularly;)
ReStore is such a great a treasure trove, I've asked "oh my gosh, where did you find that fabulous ----" and so often the answer is ReStore. It's fun to go regularly because the inventory is an every-changing surprise.
Ronda, I love the baskets in the wall! I only have my husband and myself here but this is a great way to hold everything g separately until you have time to put the laundry away. This is something I will copy, thanks!
Thank you for sharing this inspiring makeover.
This carefully thought-out low-budget design is an inspiration. Thank you for sharing.
And, please, ignore people who tell you how you 'should' get your kids to do their own laundry. Your way works for you and your family. Other families do things differently. Different strokes for different folks.
I love this combination of cabinets and soothing walls. Thx
We are a family of five and my laundry room (and budget) are even smaller but I'm so inspired I'm no longer thinking my dreams are impossible! Please bring more of this to Houzz. We all love to drool over the gorgeous rooms, but seeing gorgeous rooms that are attainable is unbeatable!
I looked at Ronda's website and her take on renovations is really inspiring but also depressing. Why did I ever spent all this money on buying new instead of buying used and re-purposing stuff!
Ironing board center is genius!!
I'll have a laundry cart to place clothes from dryer to fold on the counter across the room and to move laundry to and from the 1st floor master. Kid-powered empty laundry baskets will be available for carrying clean clothes upstairs to their rooms.
I love the sweater drying racks! I was planning wooden racks, but I'm rethinking pullout or fold down mesh trays/drawers. Would love to see the material used.
Very well thought out example of form following function--and a resourceful and creative mom who did it on a dime!
Needless to say, this laundry room is highly impressive and I would PAY her to redo and organize (or at least consult me on how to makeover) all the rooms in my home! :-)
I really want to take advantage of stacking my washer dryer like this, but I've had continual problems with how bad my LG washer goes out of balance in the high speed spin cycle. It seems like each time I have it level and not walking it still vibrates like crazy to the point that you feel the shake on the second floor. I don't want to rip up the tile floor the washer sits on, but also don't want to just stick a piece of plywood beneath it. Has anyone found a way to tackle this problem. Also wondering if the weight of the dryer itself will help this issue.
just one comment on design choices... i am not sure why creating faux counter finish is a good idea .... arborite is a perfectly functional and modest finish that has its own virtues, although real linoleum is the most practical unless you can afford soapstone.
... carrera or other white marbles are silly materials where bleach and caustics might spatter... too "homes and gardens" for me.. (in canada read canadian house and home)... jmho ;-)
But from reading the comments here I can see that this wonderful remodel has totally struck a chord with so many readers.
I would love to see a regular article when I receive my weekly Houzz update on projects that reuse and recycle and don't cost a fortune. As so many other posters have pointed out, most of us readers live real lives and do have budget constraints for almost everything we do.
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I wish more Houzz articles talked about that minor detail.
I have a related question for Ronda and/or other "houzzies." I am considering replacing my standard washer/dryer with a stacking set. My trusty appliance service guy warned that repairs are more costly because the upper has to be removed to service the lower, & mechanical components are harder to reach.
I'm aware that many new appliances are less reliable than my 20-year-old Whirlpool Maytags, but we are now empty nesters doing less laundry although needing capacity to launder king size bedding. Comments please? Thank-you very much.
Also, does enclosing a dryer reduce its energy efficiency savings or cause over-heating? Thanks again.
Supermom Laundry Tip: I bought hangers in a specific color for each family member. No one could claim, "I didn't know they were MY clean clothes" or leave empty hangers laying around. (I never ironed much but put damp-dry garments like blouses on hangers to prevent wrinkles.)
Amazing what you can do for $400 if you're reasonably handy and have a good eye for value and design. Great job Ronda!!!
PS. people should mind their own business on how Ronda runs her house.
I have had my extra large capacity front loading machines stacked for well over a decade (two different brands in that time) and all that is needed is the manufacturers stacking kit to accomplish it. I'm of average height for a woman and I've not had a problem reaching controls for the dryer or getting all of the clothing out. I've also had back problems for a number of years... I'll say this, getting laundry in and out of any kind of machine is a difficult task when back pain is flared up. However, with my washer being on the bottom it at least forces me to bend properly at the knees instead of bending over at the back. (Though usually I just tell my kiddos that I need help with the laundry and they step up to help poor mom out.)
I like my machines stacked because I've never had a massive laundry room... Stacking machines means I've had space for a sink in the laundry room and it helps *me* to not be able to clutter the tops of the machines. LOL!
Love the drying drawers... Wish I'd thought of that when we did a DIY remodel of our laundry room.
There are other stacking kits available for other makes and models; however, I do not believe that all front-loaders are stackable. You have to first check with the manufacturer.
Others asked about vibrations from front-end washers - you can purchase Anti-Vibration rubber washers/feet (also available in sheets if your washer has no feet) to place under your washer. You will have to level your washer again afterwards.
Hopefully this will be helpful.
Ronda: your creativity, workmanship and attention to detail are amazing. Thank you so much for sharing with us your process!
If I had the space I would go with side by side mostly because of accessibility and cost of repair.
This was one reason why I decided not to go the build-in fridge route.
Over the last 15 years a lot of my major appliances had a life span between 5 and 7 years. I am currently on my third frontloader.
I don't see the back saving point. I still have to bend down to get the laundry out of the washing machine. If they are side by side all you do is bend down scoop out and put into the dryer.
One point that hasn't been mentioned. If you do a diy project of this scope and professionalism you need some serious tools otherwise the frustration factor will be rather high.
Also, I am getting one of those "if the house was designed by a mom" dream: no more hallway closet and mudroom closet. It will be a big walk-in closet for all our family's coats. o more storing according to the seasons. And plenty of room for when we have guests!
AMEN! Houzz please include more articles for the real world.
Personally as a mom who did all the laundry when my kids--even my adult kids--were living at home...I preferred it that way...
It could be that her older children are going to school and working and doing laundry for them would fall at times when the rest of the family was trying to sleep or when they should be sleeping...
I can judge the quality of the work, the design, the ingenuity--
all A+ in my book...
I noticed that the initial negatives about the kids not helping and posted my reply--
why didn't anyone complain that her husband didn't help with most of the work vs complain about the kids not doing their laundry???
I don't care--it's not my business who does what in that family--
I just think it strange that most people jumped on the kids' share of the work load vs the spouse's....
I am shocked by the number of people in this thread who think it is within their scope to comment on the parenting techniques in a family they know almost nothing about.
Ur still AMAZING any way u spell it!!
Ronda and I must be long lost sisters- I was just in my local ReStore and found a marble countertop for the exact purpose she did. But her creativity is over the top on this redesign.
Solidarity on the 'older' children doing laundry. I get that, Ronda.
Kudos!! Amazing job!! Looks like a million buck! How did you install the fan?? Great idea!!
Great work for such a price. What is the size of the her laundry room?
Brilliant! Love, love, love!
Fantastic, clever, ingenious, budget-friendly. My hat is off to you. you are an inspiration!
This is one creative woman. Bravo!
Thank you, Sutti Assiciates, for photos of the laundry room in the Net Zero Energy Home. They serve as an effective contrast to the images of Ronda's far more efficient, creative and realistically scaled project.
Well, I had a similar set up for my six children....the youngest is 33 now. Don't allow to happen what I did....the laundry room became the dressing room!! They would rush in, late for school, practice, play, whatever, and throw their dirty shirt, pants etc. on the counter and grab clean ones from the baskets and away they would go. It never did work the way I had envisioned, but it was better than piles of laundry all over the house.
What a resourceful woman. I'm very impressed.
Gotta love a woman who knows what she wants and then 'builds' it herself - very nicely done.
I love it esp. in that someone pays attention to the cost, not just the beauty.
Hi Ronda, Just wondering why you decided not to incorporate a laundry tub into the design for soaking/rinsing? Are you able to do this somewhere else or do you just throw everything in the washing machine and put on soak cycle? I love absolutely everything else about your design & think you are a star! :)
To those who have commented on her children, stop being so self righteous and critical!!! Giving people great ideas and tips should not open them up to critiquing them as parents!!! Geez!
Rachelle Plantagenet I couldn't figure out where to put a sink, didn't really have the budget for the plumbing and there is a bathroom about 5 steps away from my laundry room!
Not to detract from Ronda's great job, I find it very misleading to have a title stating "$400 laundry room remodel". Although it may have been possible to get most of the materials from thrift stores at a cost of $400, the title does not specify if hardware was included and it was mentioned the project took over 6 months to complete... I wonder what her labor costs and time spent salvaging were? I also noticed pictures of a full workshop she had access to; I am guessing most DIYer's don't have access to a completely stocked woodshop and space to store components as they are being refinished. I would hope that in the future a more accurate title would be given, rather than grabbing readers with a false reality of how much it would cost to redo any room in a house.
For just $409! I can hardly believe it, but it sure gives me hope! Laundry is my chore at home, and our laundry room looks and feels a lot like the "before" picture which makes it a nightmarish experience every time. But seeing the video on HouzzTV and all the wonderful renovations, I'm almost inclined to think that laundry now has the possibility of being fun!
There is nothing quite like an organized and beautiful laundry room! (except maybe an organized and beautiful walk-in closet) You may actually want to do your laundry!
very practical and creative away to go
What a fantastic space!!! Clever solutions which are inspiring. Thanks for posting!
Incredible reuse of space, reuse, recycle, reimagine, reduce clutter. Great job! Can you come help me with my mess?
So inspiring, AWESOME job!
Love this laundry room, and love that her kids are helping out. Two good goals for me!
Bonus here is that she has single handedly increased the value of her property. Congratulations on pulling it all together so incredibly well!
Wow. Just wow. I wish I was that handy. . .
Rhonda, I just finished looking at your bath remodel. Girl you have SKILLS! Just so impressed with your vision and practicality. You inspire.
Kudos, Ronda. Take a bow for smarts, aesthetics, and financial know how. Love the barn door.
You are one extremely talented lady. I wish I had 1/2 of your skills. I love your girls bathroom, as well. Your décor is very clean, simple and warm at the same time. I hope your family appreciates your skills and learns from them. Would love to be your apprentice!
If you find a speaker in that dumpster, get the magnet out. Put it on the dryer on-button so it will run while you are hanging up an item at a time. Just be careful you don't hurt your arm, but there will be no wrinkles! :)
Great job Ronda! Way to be creative with your space. Love to see people make things function the way they want. Even the door is beautiful and functional. Love it!