Utility rooms often have a lot of pipework to work around so custom DIY cupboards are a good choice to maximise space.
In particular if you have added a Utility as part of an extension you may well have a ‘stub stack’ to contend with.
Sub stack and plumbing in Utility room
Don’t expect a full treatise on plumbing now, but the stub stack is a necessary addition when a new ground floor level waste pipe can’t connect directly into the main soil pipe because it is too far away.
From a room planning point of view it is an inconvenience but when using a DIY Wardrobes cabinet, as many cutouts as needed can be made into the cabinet to work around it.
First of all the right side of the cabinet is offered up, marked out and cut.
Side panel in front of stub stack
Cutout started with a Festool TS55. A handsaw can be used to make cutouts as any slight chipping of the laminate surface will not be seen
Side panel cut for stub stack
Note that for this cabinet we are using kitchen style adjustable legs. The cabinet will sit on a screened floor so the adjustable legs help make the cabinet level and provide access to any services.
The cabinet is assembled in the regular way and then offered up for cuts in the left side for the pipework.
Utility cabinet before cutting left side for pipework
A combination square is a very useful tool for marking out the cutout needed. Ensure there is at least 10mm extra space to allow adjustment of the cabinet feet to make the final installation level and square.
Using a combination square to determine pipework cutout size
Drawing cutout outline
Before we put the cabinet in its final position now is a good time to attach blocks on the right hand side that we can fasten the scribe pieces to
The cabinet is placed in its final position flush with the wall.
Pipework cutout complete
Note: the cabinets featured were manufactured using the www.diywardrobes.co.uk service. Because these cabinets are made from 18mm thick material, use an extensive number of dowels and screws then large cutouts are possible without compromising cabinet integrity. Whether such cutouts work with cabinets obtained from other manufacturers we have no idea!