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
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