Luckily, they had a quirky little space upstairs with an attached half bath near the bedrooms that proved to be an ideal location. Taking down the bathroom wall opened up the space for laundry machines between two windows and for a sink, folding counter, and cabinets on the wall opposite. Running plumbing lines up from the kitchen below and into a half wall between the washer and dryer kept pipes off the exterior wall—important in a cold climate. Beadboard wainscoting and cabinet doors, original windows and moldings, and Claudia's collectibles help give the room period flair.
The result marries convenience and charm. "I like that when you walk in, it doesn't feel industrial," Chuck says. "It's so well integrated with the rest of the house."
Shown: Peeling wallpaper dated the tiny space, and the bathroom wall enclosed one of the two large double-hungs.