July 1, 2008 4

side porch

By in Side Porch

My side porch had become quite a junk repository until about a month and a half ago when my mom and I cleaned it all off and organized it. I would like this to be a nice sitting area, a place where one could have coffee in the morning or read in the afternoon or cocktails at night. I also want to be able to have people leave their shoes out here, store my skis and some garden supplies. My dryer is housed out here right now and I really don’t want it there. Where else can I put my washing machine ( located in the kitchen) and dryer?

4 Responses to “side porch”

  1. Jen S. says:

    Hi! I’m enjoying your blog so far. Home and home improvement themed blogs are fantastic to me.

    Well, that porch looks like it has quite a lot of space. You could section off a small part of it (I’m just thinking of using a half-wall to do so … either halfway to the ceiling or just 2-3 feet out from the wall … so it’s not its own room) and have the laundry facilities in there and still have room to sit comfortably. But if you have other space elsewhere, like a big wide closet, you could turn that into your laundry area.

  2. Anna at D16 says:

    Can the washer and dryer go in the basement?

    Alternatively, it looks like it would be very easy to have a water line run out to the porch for the washing machine. That’s the kitchen on the other side of that window, right? And the sink is right there?

    You could get a stacking washer and dryer (the new front-loading washers are SO much more efficient) and build a little closet right into that corner on the porch, and you’d never see it.

    Something has to be done about that dryer hose, too. Can’t it be run through the ceiling?

    The best option would be to get the W&D; in the basement, though, I think.

    Or…get front loaders and put them side-by-side in the kitchen with a countertop over them (and a pretty curtain in front).

  3. Adam says:

    The porch gets cold in the winter (yes it is the kitchen through that window)so I think it would be too cold to put the washing machine out there. The dryer hose could be run through the drop ceiling, you would have to cut a vent outside on the porch. I would put a front loading dryer in the kitchen but then where would I went it?

  4. Anna at D16 says:

    Adam, I thought of the plywood subfloor on your side porch when I read this:

    "We tore up nasty old carpet, then cut grooves in the plywood that was under the carpet to replicate plank flooring with a skill saw – and used a dremel to get closer to the walls. This worked better than the router which was recommended in the web article I got this idea from. We stained and then did three coats of poly. Everyone's amazed that this isn't 'real' plank flooring! We varied the width of the planks, using a 2×4 as a guide."

    What an awesome idea!! I guess what you'd have to do is set the cutting depth of the blade to slightly less than the thickness of the plywood. I LOVE THIS IDEA. I think you should try it, it would be free!

    BTW, did you know you can but ventless washer-dryer combos?! That could work perfectly in your kitchen! There are other brands, but here's one example:

    It's not cheap, but it's a washer & dryer in one, and you wouldn't have to deal with the venting issue.

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