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Question DetailsAsked on 5/28/2017

Ballpark, how much would it cost to convert a covered porch into a laundry room

I want to convert our covered porch into a laundry room. The roof/ceiling is in good shape but there is no electric out there. I don't know how far away sewer/plumbing is, but the porch is right outside our kitchen, if that helps. So we would need to frame the space and add walls (my husband can do the drywalling and flooring), plumbing, and electric. I don't know if I should expect $5000 or $30000. This is for the Baltimore area so it's more expensive than some places but not as bad as others.

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You said covered porch - not enclosed, so I am assuming it is open to the weather all around 3 sides now.

For the laundry hookup only - without any room modifications, depending on how far the run is to necessary electrical, water and drain connections and on the accessibility for doing those connections (i.e. basement or crawlspace or slab on grade or what), probably about $700-1000 in most cases, possibly a thousand to maybe two if difficult runs or requires more than minimal drywall/plaster holes for running them so more repair / repainting need afterwards.

In your case, assuming the drain piping from the kitchen runs through or under the kitchen floor and that is same level as the porch, water/drain connections likely to be relatively easy unless slabon grade construction.

This assumes this is a move of existing laundry facilities - or if brand new washer/dryer installation for the home that you have gas in the house already (if gas dryer) and adequate electrical capacity (if electric dryer) at the breaker panel.

Assuming you are looking at converting just the necessary part of the porch to laundry use - so a laundry room built on the porch, wall framing and drywall and painting probably about a couple thousand dollar range (or about half that isf husband doing all the drywall/flooring/finishes) - possibly half that for a utility "closet" sized installation in an area where it does not get significantly below freezing - commonly built as a pass-through room right off the kitchen or hall door to the patio, similar to a mud room with the laundry equipment along one wall.

If in a cold area (with a winter) like yours, add maybe ballpark $500-1000 for heat connections for that new room.

Be aware this is almost certain to need a building permit in your area - meaning probably an Architect to prepare framing and utility drawings for probably another $500-1000 range.

So - that gets you up to about 3000-5000 for a utility hall or room up against the house wall - if this porch is tiny or you want to enclose the entire porch (side it all in and heat it) then you could easily go another $5000 ballpark for say a 10x12 or so porch, taking you up to the $10,000 ballpark by the time all is said and done, as I see it.

Your Search the List category would be Remodeling - General Contractor.

Certainly if you were expecting $5000 or $30,000 as possible ranges, I would expect to get your laundry room including drywall, painting, and vinyl or linoleum flooring for $5,000-10,000 or there about (depending on whether you go with a "utility cubby" or enclosing a normal sized smallish porch respectively.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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