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Old 12-29-2010, 08:21 AM   #1
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Good Morning- I had some success with this forum a while back and was hoping I might be able to get some more advice. My husband and I just bought a house. The kitchen is pretty small, kind of like a galley. There is, however, and fairly large "dead space" directly next to it. The furnace, hot water heater, and washer/dryer hookups are in that room, which we are referring to as the mudroom. We are hoping to "closet-in" the furnace and water heater, and also the washer/dryer. In order to do this the way we'd like, the washer/dryer would have to be moved from one wall to another. (These walls meet -- the machines would need to be moved roughly 5 feet). I put together a potential layout including a few pictures I was able to get during inspection. We settle in a month, so I won't be able to readily get more photos until then. My main question is how difficult/costly should we anticipate the job to be, and is there more than one option for getting it done. (The wall we want to remove is not load-bearing, confirmed by the inspector). All Appiances are gas. Please see the attached jpegs. The first one is the current layout, the second is prospective. Thanks in advance! (I apologize for the quality of the images, I'm at work and cannot improve them right now).
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almost forgot- there is currently no dishwasher. We'd like to install one. My husband's understanding is that the dishwasher will need to be on the same wall as the sink so that it can tie in. Is this correct? Thanks again

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sorry I keep adding to this--- I just scrolled through the other forums and am wondering if this topic should have gone into the kitchen/bath remodel. I put it in appliances because it concerned the washer/dryer hookup, but can move it if someone thinks it's a good idea. Just let me know
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Good morning- I'm copying and pasting a thread I started in the "appliance" section. I think it is a more appropriate topic for plumbing. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Here is the post:

Good Morning- I had some success with this forum a while back and was hoping I might be able to get some more advice. My husband and I just bought a house. The kitchen is pretty small, kind of like a galley. There is, however, and fairly large "dead space" directly next to it. The furnace, hot water heater, and washer/dryer hookups are in that room, which we are referring to as the mudroom. We are hoping to "closet-in" the furnace and water heater, and also the washer/dryer. In order to do this the way we'd like, the washer/dryer would have to be moved from one wall to another. (These walls meet -- the machines would need to be moved roughly 5 feet). I put together a potential layout including a few pictures I was able to get during inspection. We settle in a month, so I won't be able to readily get more photos until then. My main question is how difficult/costly should we anticipate the job to be, and is there more than one option for getting it done. (The wall we want to remove is not load-bearing, confirmed by the inspector). All Appiances are gas. Please see the attached jpegs. The first one is the current layout, the second is prospective. Thanks in advance! (I apologize for the quality of the images, I'm at work and cannot improve them right now).

Also- we want to install a dishwasher. Currently there isn't one. My husband's understanding is that it has to be next to the sink in order to tie in. Is this accurate? Thanks again!
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If the house is built on a crawl space or basement, then the move is straightforward. If on a slab, the drain lines will require demoing a trench in the concrete. Read more $$.

Dishwasher next to sink is the easiest to plumb but it can be in any location if you are willing to pay the cost of a drain and supply.
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Thanks! We are built on a crawlspace (I think it's concrete, but still a crawlspace). Does that mean we're asking the professional to simply relocate the hookups? Also, does being on a crawlspace make moving the dishwasher away from the sink a less expensive task?
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almost forgot- there is currently no dishwasher. We'd like to install one. My husband's understanding is that the dishwasher will need to be on the same wall as the sink so that it can tie in. Is this correct? Thanks again
The dishwasher needs a water supply and a drain. If you can supply those two items, you can put the dishwasher anywhere you want. It's just convienient to put it near the sink.
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How easily it can be changed depends on access to the water, drains and gas supply piping. If you have a basement under this, it should be pretty straight forward.
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Any plumbing job is easier if you can get below the fixtures to run the supply and drain lines. You still have to be concerned with running the vent lines but that is doable although you may have some drywall repairs to do.
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The house is built on a crawlspace. Will this be similar to the basement as far as ease? (Thanks for your help!)
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There is no drywall in that area yet. We figured that it would go up once any plumbing/gas etc. work had been finished. Will that make venting an easier task? Also, since there is already a water supply to that area because it is where the current washer and dryer are located, will that ease the cost of having the dishwasher put there? Thanks again
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The house is built on a crawlspace. Will this be similar to the basement as far as ease? (Thanks for your help!)
Standing is easier then crawling around, but it's better then a slab.
The smaller the crawl space, the more effort involved.
You also need to make sure the supply pipes are protected from freezing as most crawl spaces are not heated.
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Yes, having the walls open and a ready source for the water supplies will reduce the cost. Do not forget to add a dedicated GFCI electrical receptacle for the washer & and a 240 VAC circuit for the dryer (unless it is gas, then you need a gas connection).
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The washer and dryer are both gas. They will only be moving about 5 feet from where they are currently supplied though. Is it a complex process to extend the gas service to the wall where the new hookups will go?
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Thank you, I really appreciate your input!

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