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Honey, Can We Please Move The Laundry Room?

On home inspections I imagine hearing this question a lot - "Honey, can we please move the laundry room?" 

And the answer - "Sure.  I can make it work."

Ladies and gentlemen, let the games begin!

Later - veeeeooola!  The new laundry room!

It is now in the old, and current, furnace room!  The spot the architect designed was dumb anyway.  Well, just sayin'.

If you think that dryer looks like it's crammed into a small space you are right.

The dryer is wider than the opening between the door frame and that metal return duct for the furnace. 

And it's so close to that duct in front that the door cannot be opened all the way.

So if that opening is narrower than the dryer how did they get it in?  And how do you get it out now?

The return duct has to be taken apart, you silly!  It has sections that were  taped high and low.  Oh, and get rid of the washing machine that's blocking the doorway.  It's blocking too.

And the dryer vent tubing winds all around the furnace room to go into the wall.  I did not see an opening on the outside of the house, so I assume it vents INTO THE WALL.  And I did not see where they derived the power for the new dryer receptacle.  But I'm sure it's fine.

Hey, cool, the washing machine fits too!

There just happens, JUST HAPPENS!, to be enough space between the door frame and the furnace to fit the trusty washing machine!

It's up against the wood on one side and the furnace on the other side.  IT WAS MADE FOR THE SPACE!  PERFECT!

I think (I say I think because I could not see the connection) the washing machine drains into the powder room sink behind the wall and immediately to the left of this photo!

Can the washing machine share the same drain as the powder room sink, you ask?  No.

But at least the sink drain provides a place for the displaced air to go when the washing machine forcefully drains its water out!  Yes, that was a tad sarcastic...

Say, that's the water heater back there!

And the furnace filter, um, how do you get to it?

Like the Bo and Luke of the Dukes of Hazzard sliding across the hood of "The General," you take a running start, jump, and slide across the top of the washing machine!  And the filter opening is over there, trust me!

Oh, how long has it been since someone slid across the top of the washing machine to replace or clean the furnace filter?  Well, I looked, and let's just say it's been a while.  Maybe since the advent of the new laundry room!  Hey, c'mon, one thing at a time!  At least they got the new laundry room...

My recommendation:  if you can conceive and believe, you can achieve!   But make sure your remodeling project something that makes sense and is workable.  You might pull a permit too.  Just in case.  What the heck.  Get crazy.

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 29 commentsJay Markanich • November 22 2014 03:21AM

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Good morning, Jay.... just the fact that the dryer vent into the wall is unbelievable.... 

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) almost 5 years ago

C'mon Barbara!  There is plenty of room.  And think of all that extra insulation.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 5 years ago

Good morning Jay Markanich . You are just getting to be a picky old fart arent'you? - LOL  

C'mon guy, lighten up!

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) almost 5 years ago

Wait around long enough and that dryer might just light things up Michael!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 5 years ago

I know, folks do things without ever thinking of the consequences.

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) almost 5 years ago

You know, you just reminded me of a customer who is thinking of moving the washer/dryer to another spot in the apartment and may have a venting issue.  but, it also seems there would be a venting issue on current location.  I'll be calling him next week so will alert him. - Debbie

Posted by Women of Westchester Working Together, Women helping Women get ahead (Women of Westchester Working Together) almost 5 years ago

Oh my what a mess.  I can't believe (all the venting/draining issues aside) that anyone would be happy trying to USE those things.  There are some frustrated people in that house.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty) almost 5 years ago

Home owners are not expected to understand these matters.  That's why we have permits and inspections. 

If that home is for sale, the question is, will the buyers pay attention to the home inspection report or buy a pig in a poke???

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) almost 5 years ago

It pays to think ahead, Michael.

Venting is usually a huge deal Debbie.  And so is drainage!

Kat - or very happy!  It's where "she" wants it!  Hey, how do I know it's the she who wanted it there?

Lenn - here the former laundry room was turned into an office closet, but the laundry stuff was still there on the wall.  It could be moved back.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 5 years ago

Jay, Uncle Bob was vertainly not asked his opinion on this one. Or, was he the architect? Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) almost 5 years ago

Could be there was some "vocabular" Uncle Bob help, Wayne.  But overall, I think they saw this on HGTV and thought it was a great idea!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 5 years ago

I would just as soon buy another home with the laundry room the way the wife wants it.  

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) almost 5 years ago

Sure James, but then she would want the sewing room somewhere else!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 5 years ago

I say that because that was my experience...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 5 years ago

Maybe it is a "laundry for decoration" and they really send it all out ? 

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) almost 5 years ago

I see things like this A LOT in older homes where the laundry room was originally on the carport OR there was no laundry connection at all.  I lived in a house in Spartanburg, SC years ago, washing machine on the service porch, dryer in the kitchen, no vent to the outside.  Yes, I put a pair of pantyhose over the end of the vent tube to catch the lint.  I called it passive heating for the kitchen!

Posted by Jenna Dixon, Empowers You With a Better Real Estate Experience (DRA Homes | Cobb County Real Estate ) almost 5 years ago

Could be S&D, but wouldn't it be fun to replace the furnace filter?

I see the pantyhose more than you imagine Jenna!  Passive heat for sure, except when you don't want it!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 5 years ago

Good morning Jay,

Amazing some of the remodel jobs and to think: what the hell were they thinking.

Make yourself a great day.

Posted by Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) almost 5 years ago

Raymond - but how many times do you get to play Dukes of Hazzard in your house?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 5 years ago

Jay, it is all about the convenience.

Posted by Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC (NCW Home Inspections, LLC) almost 5 years ago

In one way Don!  In terms of getting to stuff, like the filter, or removing appliances when needed not so much!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 5 years ago

Jay- this falls into my category of "just because you can, doesn't mean you should."

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 5 years ago

Yeppers, Kathy.  Yeppers.

Don't you jump over your washing machine though?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 5 years ago

Why get a permit when I can still do the Bo Duke Slide JayMan?

Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366) almost 5 years ago

You should have seen me Tom!  I looked great!  Bo would have been jealous.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 5 years ago

People think it should be easy. Just need hot and cold water, a drain, a power source for both the washer and dryer, and a vent for the dryer... voila! The laundry room is used pretty often, it shouldn't be an after thought, or just a place to store that bulky, pesty washing machine and dryer! Where do they fold the clothes... take em into the living room and dump them on the couch and fold them while you're watching tv? I know a lot of people that do this. 

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) almost 5 years ago

Our builder-provided laundry room is not much bigger than our washer and dryer Fred.  On wash day everything is on the kitchen floor!

Fold?  Isn't that what kitchen tables are for?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 5 years ago

Only if you don't have a place to fold them in the laundry room Jay! Personally, I have been looking for some self-folding clothes...

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) almost 5 years ago

Good luck Fred.  About as much luck as I have finding my self-Swedish-massage masseuse.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 5 years ago

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