On to the details.
1. A utility sink is a must have. I am sick of soaking clothes in my kitchen sick. Also, now that we have a pet, I love the idea of a big galvanized tub with a shower nozzle!
2. A fold-down ironing board. My grandmother has one of these in her kitchen and I've always thought it was so smart! Mine will have a shelf for the iron and an outlet right in there so I can plug it in easily.
3. Tons of storage. I would actually like a couple of floor to ceiling cabinets. This would be our linen closet for sheets, extra blankets, and table clothes, though towels would be stored in the bathrooms. If there is room, this would be an excellent place to have bins for the kids' off-season clothing.
4. A place for sorting. A good friend of mine has a set-up for this and she loves it. The family all has laundry baskets in their rooms. When the baskets are full, they bring them into the laundry and sort them for washing. Then, when the whites basket is full, she can simply toss in the load.
5. Location, location, location. Main floor. (If I am customizing a forever home, I want to be able to access things when I am 90 as well as when I am 35.) If I could have my first pick, it would be on the east side of the house (prettiest sunlight) and right next to the kitchen.
6. Above all, Utility. This room needs to be a workhorse and I want it to look like a laundry room. I am okay with being able to see my monster-sized Tide box, the Windex bottles and the spare rolls of paper towels, BUT, there must be a place for everything.
7. Easy care floor. Laundry, by it's nature, makes for a littered floor--at least at my house. Between sand falling out of the rolled up pant legs, lint from the dryer and the muddy shoes fresh from the meadow, there is always something on the floor. In the laundry room, I am completely happy with a good sheet linoleum. No grout, no warping, deals well with moisture and dirt.
Your turn. What did I forget? What would you recommend?