Making Moves


October 10, 2012 by Decorum DIYer

Recently becoming a family of five, the newest member of our family, Ascher, needed to take residence in the nursery.  This meant that our daughter, Claire, needed her own room, as she had outgrown the nursery and now would not be the only occupant.  Luckily, our home’s laundry room is actually the fourth bedroom.  ( I showed you the weekend mini makeover of the laundry room in a previous post.)  As you can imagine, having a washer and dryer in a little girl’s room is not ideal, so plans were made to move the massive washer and dryer into our home’s unfinished basement.

To give you an idea, here are the two units as they were:

The front load washer and dryer, as they were in the main level laundry room (our fourth bedroom.)

As you can see, they are quite big, which meant they were heavy.  Thankfully for my husband, his brother Jonathan, whom is not only nice, but also strong, agreed to help move the units from our main level to the basement.  This meant that both units needed to be detached from the wall, and using a dolly, wheeled through the room’s door, a narrow hallway, out the front door, around the house to the basement entry, and down a series of cement steps into the basement’s below grade entry.  Sure, we have an internal access to the basement, but the stairwell is very narrow and the steps are steep – one of the downsides to owning an older home with modern appliances.

The dryer being disconnected from the exterior vent. (Ignore that sweet lavender color in the background. This photo is just another example of my lack of ‘before’ photos and my impatience to get started on a paint project.)

The dryer ready for its journey.

Whew!  That makes me winded and weak just thinking about it.  It was tricky, but they did it.  Thanks to my husband, Chris, and brother-in-law, Jonathan.

And here they are in their new home… the unfinished basement.

Tada! I am not thrilled about subterranean laundry duty, but I am pleased that my daughter will have a room all her own.

So, there you have it. The process of decorating one’s home isn’t always pretty, nor glamorous. Admittedly, in retrospect, I wish I would have documented my husband’s plumbing and wiring process to assist anyone else making the big move.  Thankfully, our basement was the laundry’s original location, so it was just a matter of disconnecting the washer and dryer from upstairs and reconnecting them downstairs.  Still, it wasn’t without its troubles. So sorry, but most of his work was completed while I took care of the children.  In future posts I will try to be more mindful of my husband’s progresses in more detail.  After all, I am here to show you all of the nitty, gritty behind-the-scenes mayhem that occurs with three children underfoot.  Through the coming weeks, I am going to show you how I transformed the fourth bedroom from a laundry room into my daughter’s toddler room.  Until next time, happy painting, uh moving!


3 thoughts on “Making Moves

  1. […] round-up. First up, the disaster of a wall that was left behind after the washer and dryer were relocated to the unfinished basement. Yikes! This wall has a lot going on. I don’t think Claire would […]

  2. […] Drywall and repair  FREE – (drywall scraps and spackle from previous projects) […]

  3. […] it happen in a DIY capacity.  We’ve shared our ups and downs regarding the basement here and here.  Maybe this year will be the […]

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