Full height cabinetry allows for easy concealment of brooms/mops/vacuum cleaner. Having the washer and dryer separated creates more benchspace in an already tight area. Perhaps framing the dryer with cabinetry would create a more streamlined look.
The shelf on top hiding the hanging rod looks much nicer than an exposed hanging rod. Don't like the soap and iron down low. [maybe the laundry room is our closet? or just all the hanging clothes in there.