Dirty dogs, tracked-in messes. The spring melt puts laundry and pet areas to work. Three Northern Michigan homes do the job—in style. Check out these laundry room ideas. 

1. Little Gem

When Designer Paige Lee Maurer’s client requested an ADA (American Disabilities Act) certified laundry room on the first floor of their century-old home, Paige delivered in style with this tiny gem designed into a small addition off the kitchen. The space-saving, easy-opening barn doors are simultaneously vintage and stylish. Additionally, the barn doors enable a wide doorway so that the room feels like a part of the kitchen when they are open (important because the refrigerator is in it), but can be closed off when guests visit. The brightly patterned Ann Sacks ceramic tiles are easy to clean and will hold up to plenty of traffic, and the spacious utility cabinet puts detergent, dog food and other essentials within easy reach.

DESIGNER // Paige Lee Interiors

APPLIANCES // Max’s Service

TILE // Tile Craft, Ann Sacks, Los Jardins, Azul in 12-by-12-inch

PAINT // Benjamin Moore, Pistachio

BARN DOORS // Builders FirstSource

2. Lucky Dogs

The first-floor laundry/mudroom follows much of the theme of this modern farmhouse on Torch Lake, particularly the nearby red, white and black kitchen. The entrance to the room is through a sliding red barn door. Transitional cabinetry in bright white provides an accent, and tall architectural windows flood this busy area with light. Metallic tile lines the walls; hand-crafted metallic grasscloth reaches above the cabinets to the ceiling. The counters and sink are warm soapstone. The homeowners are both veterinarians so doggy-details mattered. Stone tiles hide foot traffic, including muddy paws, and the subway backsplash, concrete countertops and dark farmhouse sink allow for quick cleanups.

INTERIOR DESIGN // Jones-Keena & Co.

CABINETRY // Signature Kitchens

BUILDER // Widing Custom Homes

COUNTERTOPS // PMP Marble & Granite, Soapstone

WALL TILE // Beaver Tile, EPRO Fire Wrought Metals in Pewter

WALL COVERING // Phillip Jeffries Gunmetal Lacquered Raffia

LIGHTING // Light & Living, Kennedy Hanging Lamp

SIDE TABLE // Hyde by Cyan Design

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3. Water Dogs

Who doesn’t love dogs … but not the sand and mud they track in. The solution? A walk-in dog shower, equipped with a versatile spray faucet and grab bar that is perfect for hooking a leash onto. Tile on the floor and walls makes for easy clean up and the built-in shelves put pet shampoo within easy reach.

The rest of the room is as well thought out. Check out the clothes drying bar and the clothes folding counter. The refrigerator is for restocking the boat cooler. And we love the water-colored board-and-batten walls that make this utilitarian room fun and light.

CONTRACTOR // Mac Custom Homes

DESIGNER // Design Strategies, Dorina Rudd