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Old 01-25-2009, 11:52 AM   #1
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Relocation of washer and dryer

How are you? I'm searching a new house, and that house has washer and dryer in the basement. I like to have them in the first floor. Which area could be the best location for them? The bathrooms are so tiny, so I don't think there will be enough space for washer and dryer in the bathroom. It is old house, so the kitchen is also quite small. What about sunroom? Do you think it will be a good idea to have washer and dryer in the sunroom? The sunroom is connected to the deck, and it is quite close to the kitchen. Will it be expensive? Thank you!
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Old 01-25-2009, 01:42 PM   #2
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Your question is too generic. There are many options as to the why and where a laundry room can be moved. Some are better than others.

I would suggest you contact local tradesmen to get estimates and advise as to what options you have and a price. Try a carpenter and a plumber because you'll be needing both.
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If these are full-size units and they're side-by-side, the minimum room size is generally 5' X 5'. This allows for a few inches between them, and adequate space in front. I like the door to be 2' 8" (32") rather than the more standard 2' 6" (30"). A washer and dryer will fit through a 2'6" door opening (with the door removed), but just barely. When you've chosen the room, mark the floor with the outline of the washer and dryer, make sure they fit, and the door is in the right place.

Remember that you'll need to get electrical, water, drain, and vent to this room. Maybe you can extend the originals, maybe running new is best.

Be careful when laying out the dryer vent, there is a maximum length allowable, it varies with the number of 90 degree elbows, and the type of louver installed outside. If you install the vent yourself, don't use screws, they trap lint and will eventually plug the pipe completely.

If you live in a cold climate, be sure the room can't get below freezing.

When I designed my house, I put the laundry room on an outside wall. It has a 2' X2' window in it. When I run the dryer, and it's hot or cold outside, I close the door and open the window a bit. This way the dryer uses outside air, not inside air that I've paid to heat or cool.

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