Sunday, August 17, 2014

Project: Laundry Room - Part 2


This is how the area looks like before anything is done to it. As you can see, there is a power outlet but no water inlet or outlet. The storage water heater is mounted on the top left and it comes with a release outlet as well which the previous owner simply connects a hose to and let it run loose on the floor to the opposite side of the room where the drainage hole is.

Piping - Drainage

Not a tough job actually. Since this is a drainage pipe with no pressure, there isn't a need to glue the pipe together. Simply joining them with L-joints were sufficient. All I need to do is cut them to size.

Items required - PVC pipes, joints
Tools required - saw

This is end result.

Piping - Inlet

What I need to do is to cut the existing inlet piping for the water heater and install a T-joint in between (circled red in the picture below) which will then add an additional inlet for the washer. The pipe will then run horizontally on top of the heater before going vertically down at the back of the heater (along the blue line) where a tap will be connected at the end.

This is not a really a tough job but made difficult due to limited access, especially when joining the new horizontal and vertical pipe to the L-joint at the back of the heater. Luckily the existing pipes that I need to cut is in front of the heater and easily accessible to be worked on.

Items required - copper pipes, white tape, pipe head, 2x L-joint, 1x T-joint
Tools required - pipe cutter, spanner

This is the end result.

Electrical source

There is already a power source nearby. All I need to do is to tap from it and have 3 additional power sockets - one for washer, dryer and iron each.

However, after much thought, I decided that a high quality extension placed at the end of the table just under the existing power point will suffice. No work needed here.


After taking the actual measurement, I had to make some changes to the initial design as there isn't enough space left for a base cabinet after both the washer and dryer is placed side by side. The size of the wall cabinet had to be reduced too due to the ventilation window as well as the huge storage water heater mounted around the same area.

Since not even the smallest 30 cm wide base cabinet can fit, therefore it will be just the worktop for the base. For the worktop, I decided to get a 126 cm in length instead of anything longer and save the hassle of having to cut it later on. I can then mount them on 3 sides with the fourth resting on a spacer above the dryer. As there will not be much weight on the worktop, it should be strong enough.

All Ikea worktop except Pragel will do and I decided to go with Fyndig because it is the most cost effective for the type of usage.

Unfortunately the Fyndig wor top is temporarily out of stock so I got an as-is table top instead. Once the Fyndig is in stock, I will replace it with the worktop and use the table top for other purpose.

For the wall cabinet, the maximum size I can go with is 90 cm x 70 cm. As 30 cm is the smallest door width available, it will be 3 doors then. A small door helps in a constrained space when opened.

Item required - wall cabinet, worktop, mounting brackets.
Tools required - drill, screwdriver.

This is the end result.

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