When it comes to a laundry, fresh is always best, but practicality is king

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The butler's sink and chrome brass taps are a distinct focal point in the laundry.

Even when planning a small room, it's a good idea to ensure it stays in character with the rest of the house. Jasmax architect Philip Porritt designed the laundry in this renovated home to have classic style, and new functionality.

Situated off the main hall, opposite a pair of glass doors to the living area, the room feels traditional but is very much contemporary.

"We wanted it to be both convenient for the owner and smart because it's highly visible. It's between the powder room and the entertainment room, and not far from the kitchen," says Porritt.

A light colour scheme helps enlarge the look of this windowless room, with the walls featuring subtle attention to detail. White wall tiles are laid in a brick pattern with a marble bullnosed tile that caps the top of the dado.

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The laundry chute ends in an upper cupboard and is accesible from two points on the floor above. The built-in dual taps are controls for the washing machine below.

The upper and lower cabinets were designed to include the collection point for the upstairs laundry chute. The cabinets feature black marble and brass doorknobs, which were purchased by the owners in Hong Kong.

On the left side of the laundry, the solid granite benchtop sits atop the washing machine and dryer before partially framing the butler's sink.

"The ceramic sink is an interesting and practical feature of this room. We used chrome brass taps to accentuate its traditional style, and to match the material used on the bathroom taps. White porcelain tap handles and the marble trim of the tiles complement the sink," says Porritt.

An even flow is created from the nearby kitchen to the laundry by incorporating the same light grey, glazed ceramic floor tiles in both rooms. The laundry also contains a storage facility for the entertainment room next door.

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Coat hangers along one side are colour matched to the dark granite benchtop. the laundry also incorporates ample storage space

"The cupboard on the far wall houses a projector. We did this to hide the projector and to reduce noise problems in the entertainment room."

This home won the Placemakers Supreme Award at the Registered Master Builders 2006 house of the year competition.

Credit list

Philip Porritt, Jasmax Architects (Wellington)
Main contractor
N T Stevens
Cabinetry manufacturer
Renalls Joinery
Halogen recessed from Reil Lighting
Butler�s sink from Armitage Shanks
Interior designer
Liz Mark,
Cabinetry designer
Marble and ceramic
Granite from Bramco
Imperial from Plumb-Line

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22 Jun, 2007

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