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Article posted: 4/28/2013 4:01 AM

Laundry rooms are moving up in the world

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Q. To my wife's amazement, I'm moving our laundry station from the basement and building a laundry room in the area that used to be an open mudroom. I have water and drains close by for the plumbing.

So, my question has to do with the new laundry sink. Since this room is going to be in the living area, I want to make it fancy with built-in countertops. Can you give me any ideas on what type of laundry sink I should use?

A. Living-space laundry rooms are quickly becoming the new "family working areas" for many homes. They are now the place to go for working on school projects, pet needs and, of course, washing and folding laundry.

Not everyone is lucky enough to have the extra room to move the laundry area out of the basement, but if you have the space, the investment can be well worth your time and money.

That said, in today's plumbing market you have some great choices for laundry sinks. For countertop installation, I have seen some nice cast-iron drop-in-style laundry sinks. These sinks are a little deeper than normal to give you additional washing room. Plus, the cast-iron construction resists scratching, chipping and staining, and some nice custom options are available.

Spray-head faucets, soaking pans and drying racks are just a few accessories that can help turn a basic laundry sink into the room's command center.

Be careful on the accessories, though. Remember that the best laundry sink will do the job without taking your wallet through the ringer!

Master plumber Ed Del Grande is the author of "Ed Del Grande's House Call" and hosts TV and Internet shows. Visit eddelgrande.com or write eddelgrande@cs.com.

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