Every house needs a washer and dryer. Far too often, though, these essential appliances are jammed into a 3x5 closet that's optimistically called a laundry. This uses minimal space, but it certainly doesn't make doing laundry any easier. I'd rather wash clothes in a pot of boiling water over a wood fire in the backyard.

Given the opportunity, I like to incorporate the washer and dryer into a mudroom -- a multipurpose transition space between the home and the outside world. The laundry-mudroom provides the home's inhabitants with a place to drop off and organize items that don't belong in the living space, and pick them up again on the way out the door. It can...

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