The Perfect Utility Room

What is your idea of the Perfect Utility Room?

In designing your dream Utility Room, what are some must-haves and must-nots?? Here are some inspirational ideas and tips to keep in mind when modeling a Utility Room.


1. Folding Station

A folding station is a is a must when designing a utility room. There are so many different styles to choose from and it varies on the amount of space and the look you’re trying to create. For the DIYers, hang a door from the wall like in the picture above and wallah! You have a unique, creative, and space saving folding station.

If the DIY look isn’t for you, you can always add a counter to the top of your washer for an easy accessible folding station. You can pull the clothes out of the dryer and fold them right there instead of letting them sit in a laundry basket for a week and a half! This way is also utilizing the small amount of space you usually have to work with, and will work in any utility room where the washer and dryer sit next to each other.

2. Functional Storage



Maximizing the amount of storage is important in every room in the house, but especially the laundry room. It’s easy to leave your baskets of clothes laying out, or dirty clothes on the floor (Yes, we’re all guilty of it). These pull out drawers with the laundry baskets inside are the perfect way to maintain an organized space. Not to mention, they’re super trendy! Also perfect for hiding the mess when you’re in a hurry to clean up before your guests arrive ;).




Adding some type of shelving is a have-to in your utility room. Whether it’s hung on the wall or in a nook like the picture shown, every one needs one. These little cubby holes are cute, simple, and super functional. Not to mention adding the counter on top of them to take advantage of even more SPACE!

3. Utility Sink

Sinks can definitely be useful in a laundry room, but they aren’t a “must-have” item in order to create a fully functioning room. If you have the space, and it’s in the budget, why not go ahead and add one? There are endless options to choose from as well.

c79b75de41862651b61b06de12d51a72If you have pets or live near a beach, a tiled “mini” shower may be more practical for you than an actual sink. Easy and more accessible to get your dog in and out of, and an effective way to rinse ones sandy or muddy feet off before traipsing through the house.


Using an old washtub is a cute and popular sink if you’re going for the rustic look in your utility room.


If you’re trying to remain budget friendly, just find a standard utility sink and dress it up with a curtain around the bottom to create a trendy look and to keep your storage underneath out of sight. This small transformation can change the whole look of your room!

4. How to Decorate

Available counter and wall space will be limited when dealing with a utility room, but finding room for fresh flowers and a couple of wall hangings to make the room pop will make you fall in love with your utility room even more. You don’t need to plan your room around decorations, just find a couple of small things to set it off.





Adding a sliding barn wood door to your room and dressing it with a fancy chandelier give it the perfect rustic-chic look!


An old ladder attached to the ceiling is another budget friendly, effective, and super cute way to give your laundry room the perfect look. Hang it in front of a window so when you hang your clothes to dry it gives them that extra fresh smell!



These small wooden signs are popular decor for the laundry room. They are functional too! Easy to DIY, and won’t take up too much space.




5. For the Pets

You’ve already seen the mini shower that is serviceable to dogs, but how about these cozy spaces? Our four-legged friends are always an equal part of our family, so it’s only fair that they have their own “me” space as well ;). Simply remove a lower cabinet area and add a pet bed to it. Or for those who aren’t as trust worthy, you can turn it into a kenneled area even. Turn it into a space that your pooch will love too!

6. Working with a Small Space

So you don’t have a lot of space for your laundry room? No problem! Add a fresh coat of paint and some shelves and you’ll have an adorable, yet still functional room. These options only take up one wall, leaving you with plenty of extra space.

7. Color Schemes


You always want to go with a clean, fresh look for a laundry room. I mean, it is where a lot of the cleaning and freshness in your home comes from! What colors come to mind when you think of clean or fresh? Blues, greens, yellows, and white. Those are always safe choices when painting your utility room.

8. Types of Flooring

Tile? Hardwood? Painted concrete?

Tile is clearly the most favored flooring in a laundry room. There’s a large variety to choose from. Between size, color, design, the options are endless.

Another trending design is hardwood floors. Obviously this circles back to the look you’re wanting, but if you are going for more of a rustic look, hardwood floors would be perfect!


Don’t rule out your chance of having a cute utility room if yours is located in the basement. Simply spice it up with a coat of paint on the floor!

9. Unique Organization

This is where you can really make all of your creative dreams come true. There are SO many ways to organize a utility room that will make your OCD peak with happiness.

Get a slide out card to store between your washer and dryer. Install a fold out ironing board in your cabinet to utilize more space.


If you make your own laundry soap, store it in a large drink dispenser! Not only is this super cute, its easy to store on a shelf and completely functional at the same time.

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Again, for the DIY lover: glue a magnet to the side of your utility sink to hang your paint brushes from so you don’t have to worry about the left over color staining or making a mess on your counter or sink.



Last but not least, here are a couple ideas of putting your space to use to benefit the pooches. Using a pull out trash can to store dog food is mess-free and just plain genius!

10. Inspirational Pictures

For even more laundry room inspiration, follow our “Utility Rooms” board on Pinterest!


Nontoxic Methods to Get Rid of Pesky Ants


It’s that time of year again! Dealing with those pesky ants in and around your home can become quite the job. Don’t like using toxic chemicals in your home? No worries! Here are a couple of remedies to get rid of them with nontoxic products you probably already have laying around your house.



If you’re noticing an abundance of ants outside of your home, cornstarch is a safe alternative you can use to rid of them. You can use this method inside of your home too, but it could get a little messy. Simply apply a generous amount around the area where the ants are located. You want there to be enough cornstarch for them to carry it back to their home.

Once you have done that, you will need to make the area wet. Whether you turn your sprinklers on, use a watering can or spray bottle, make sure the cornstarch is nice and damp. It will then turn into a concrete like substance that will eventually kill the ants. It may take a day or two for the process to completely work.


DIY Spray

TWO Ingredients:

1. White Vinegar

2. Any Essential Oil

Find an old spritzer bottle and fill it with white vinegar. Depending on the amount of vinegar used, add several drops of an essential oil (I use peppermint or lemon because I like the smell of those best). Shake it up a little, and you’re good to go! Just spray the designated area and your ant problem will be gone. This method is especially good to use in the home because you don’t have to worry about dumping/storing toxic chemicals around.

Hope this helps! Follow us for more useful tips and tricks to use around the home.


-Pine Ridge Homes Family

Advantages of Modular Construction vs. Stick-Built Homes

Advantages of Modular Construction

Why should you buy a System-Built Home instead of a traditional Stick-Built Home? The reasons may surprise you.


Below are some of the main advantages of our system-building technology.


  • Climate Controlled Environment- Since the harmful effects of the weather are eliminated, the wood used to construct your home is more true and square. that in-turn results in a better quality home that is free from weather related defects.
  • Consistent Quality- Our factories have refined a detailed building process, resulting in superior and consistent quality. They maintain quality through the steady employment of experienced, skilled and highly trained employees who have a sense of pride and ownership in the homes they build.
  • Quality Control Inspections- Throughout the building process, quality control inspections are performed by employees, as well as third-party inspectors to ensure consistent quality and code compliance that meets or exceeds local, state and national building codes.
  • Superior Strength- Every home is built with 1/3 more lumber and fastening materials than traditional stick-built homes to withstand the stress of transportation and erections, resulting in a more durable end product.
  • Cost Savings- Our ability to build your home, while also completing a site preparation, reduces total construction time and lowers interest payments on a construction loan.
  • Precision Engineering- Computer aided drafting (CAD) allows precision customization and flexibility in floor plan designs. We offer a wide variety of ranch, cape and two-story floor plans and elevations.
  •  Energy Efficiency- The vast majority of our suppliers are ENERGY STAR* partners and committed to using energy-efficient building methods and materials. Our homes are capable of being ENERGY STAR* verified through an optional third-party home energy rater to ensure.
  • Outstanding Customer Service- Every home comes with a full, one-year limited warranty and a 10-year structural warranty. Pine Ridge and our suppliers have a dedicated service department that works with you to provide professional service. In addition, many of the brand name components, such as appliances, shingles and siding used in your home, are covered by separate manufacturer warranties.


Feel free to contact us at or give us a call at 618-283-4340 with any questions.


-Pine Ridge Home Family

Moving Tips


So, you just sat down with one of our awesome and knowledgeable employees, you have picked out your dream floor plan, and building is about to begin. Exciting times…and then you realize that you actually have to go through the daunting task of moving. Don’t fear, we have put together a list of helpful moving tips to make your moving experience a breeze.

Get Started Early: Where do you start? You are getting ready to pack up all of your belongings, and it is normal to feel a bit overwhelmed. We recommend starting early. Pack up seasonal belongings and items that you aren’t going to use first. Really think about whether or not you are going to use that blender that has been sitting in the cabinet for the past six months. If it has really been that long, chances are you aren’t going to be making margaritas any time soon.

Organize Based on Rooms: Packing up a room at a time seems logical, right? Well, you should really try to think about what room the belongings are going to end up in at your new house. Packing in an organized fashion will make it easier to unpack later.

Don’t Over Pack: It is easy to put a box on the counter and start stuffing it until it is full. You do all of that work, proudly seal the top, and then you realize that the box weighs as much as you do, and there is no way that you are going to be able to lift it. So you have to spend the next 30 minutes unpacking half of the box into another box.

Use Sticky Notes: Once you have finished packing, you will have to unpack. (I know…it seems like some sort of cruel joke!) Go into your new home and decide where you want everything to go, before you bring a single box in. Label the drawers in the kitchen and the doors to each room to keep confusion to a minimum. The more organized you are, the less likely you are to misplace something.

Invite Friends to Help: Moving is one of those “the more the merrier” kind of situations. If everything is already labeled (see above tip!), than they won’t have to ask you where things are going. Just order some pizza and stock up on cold beer, and watch the helpers arrive!

We are excited about your upcoming move, and you should be too! Hopefully, these tips will make your moving experience a little easier…or at least provide you with some inspiration to keep from throwing everything away and starting over (let’s be honest, that sounds easier!)

Hosting for the Holidays?

The holidays are upon us, and many of you may be expecting house guests in the coming days. We have put together a little list to make hosting family easier on you…and your house!

1. Stock up on toiletries.

Don’t assume that your guests will pack shampoo and toothpaste. Make sure you have a variety of toiletries, and place them so they are easily accessible for those who are visiting. You may even want to grab a couple extra toothbrushes. It is hard to squeeze in a trip to the store when you already schedule full of events.

2. Prepare Towels and Wash clothes.

Keep a stack of fresh towels and wash clothes handy for your guests. You want everyone to feel at home, and you don’t want to have to fetch them a towel…especially if they are hollering for it from the shower!

3. Stock the fridge.

Pick up a variety of beverages and easy to grab snacks for your family. You may even give them a call before they arrive to see what kind of items they prefer.

4. Charge up.

Make outlets easily available so your guests can charge all of their devices. If your outlets are easy to spot your guests won’t have to crawl around unplugging things that need to stay powered up.

5. Enjoy the Holiday.

Don’t forget to take some time to relax, visit with your relatives, and just enjoy the holidays. The holidays are usually stressful enough. Don’t spend the weeks to come stressing out about the stress of your home or house guests.

An organized home can certainly make visitors feel welcome, and it can really make things easier for you. We hope that you found this small list helpful.

Not hosting, but hoping to in a new house next year? Pine Ridge Homes would love to help make that dream a reality.

We Want to See You

Have you stopped by any of our locations? If you haven’t, what are you waiting for? Sure you could easily hop online and scroll through our many floor plan options, but walking through a display home can me so much more helpful…and fun! Getting a first hand experience in the homes will allow you to see the dimensions, view the options in person, and test drive the layout. Even if you are not interested in any of the homes that we have on display, you can experience the quality that Pine Ridge Homes has to offer.


We have several display homes that you can walk through. Each home is set up to showcase some of the options that we have available, and priced so you can have a good idea what the homes would cost to build. Each of our locations is staffed with knowledgeable employees who would be happy to assist you and answer any questions you may have. They can help you determine which options are best for you, and price the home of your dreams.


If you haven’t come by to visit us, we would love to see you! We have two locations in Vandalia, and Benton, Illinois. You can find directions and contact information by clicking here.

Decorating Your Water Closet

Water closets are pretty common in most floor plans, but they are not very pretty to look at. Why is that? Shouldn’t every space in your home be pretty and inviting…even those not so glamorous spaces? I sure think so. So, here are some ideas that will help you make your water closet a space that you can really enjoy…and keep it from feeling like a stall in a public bathroom.


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Texture and Pretty Lighting: You can add some fun texture to your space with some thin brick tile on the back wall of your water closet. You could also try wooden planks or a fun mirrored tile for a glam look. It will be an unexpected surprise that is sure to warm the space. Add some fancy lighting, and you are all set!



Floating Shelves: Shelves are a great addition to any space, but they are especially handy in the bathroom. Neatly store extra rolls of toilet paper, a candle, and maybe even some reading material.



Do Something Unexpected: Draw the eye up by painting the ceiling and top 5 inches of wall with a light and fun color. It will be a refreshing finish to a tiny room.

Remember…when you are decorating a tiny space; a little can go a long way. You don’t want to overwhelm the space with too many elements. Check out our Pinterest page for more ideas on how to decorate your water closet!

Have an awesome idea of your own? We would love to hear about it in the comments!