The biggest problem with the whole room was the height of the ceilings which was just under 7 feet. The door way itself measured about 5'9" in height. With the genius help of my dad and a faithful friend, we decided to raise the roof on that part of the house (Read more about that undertaking here: Raising the Roof).
As for the inside, the room was quite small with a door down to the basement (we took out that wall and built a hatch for downstairs access) and a closet in the middle of the room. The far side of the room was the laundry room.
Here's a peak at the transformation!