Regarding noise concerns for having the laundry on the 2nd floor: Whenever I remodel a room I put fiberglass insulation inside the interior
walls for sound proofing. Very quiet.
We have to yell to be heard in the other room
the downside... my wife is quite used
to yelling at me...
I had thought about benefits of a laundry room on the 2nd floor. However, I am planning for a 2nd Master Suite on the 1st floor for my mother. When The Lord calls her to join my Dad, this room could become a home office, or perhaps I might use it when I get up in years.
The benefits of a laundry and Master on the first floor: You carry laundry up & down stairs when your hips & knees are young and you are physically able to run marathons up & down 50 flights of stairs. When you get to be the age of your parents, laundry, kitchen, & bedroom are on the same floor. Of course, we all must live within the restrictions of our own budget.
A laundry chute
I currently live in a 1 story ranch with a basement. When I remodelled one bathroom, I installed a laundry chute. The clothes slide down into a basket 5 feet away from the washer. Saves the trips carrying dirtly clothes down to the washer, although you still have to carry the clean clothes upstairs. Being a woodworker:
I stained & finished the exterior,
sanded, finished & polished the interior, since part of the chute slides at 45 degrees from the vertical
Over the past 10 years, this has saved me 50 hours doing nothing but running up and down the stairs
10 years * 52 weeks/year * 6 trips / week * 1 minute / trip
I used this 50 hours of savings ..to build the laundry chute.
More fun than running up & down the stairs.
Obviously this would not work for most floor plans. You need a bathroom directly above the laundry room... You're son's sitting there watching TV with his friends, and Dad's Pepe LePew boxers drop through the living room ceiling... well...he'll never live that down...