Re: Common laundry question
From: fergyb2 (
Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2012 08:56:39 -0800 (PST)
Dear Jerry,
      Swans Market Cohousing in Oakland has 20 units with a total of 27 adults 
and 3 children currently and we have 3 washers and 3 dryers in our common 
laundry facility ( one single person household has their own washer and dryer, 
the rest of us all use the common facilities). We've had this configuration for 
12 and 1/2 years so far and it continues to work well and seems adequate.  We 
have a system where we mark the machines with magnetic letters corresponding to 
our units so that if the load is done and someone else needs the machine they 
can unload the laundry into one of the several large plastic tubs we have for 
that purpose with the letter on top so there is no confusion about whose 
laundry is where and machines don't stay tied up with completed laundry in 
them. We have had as many as 30 adults and 7 children (including 2 in diapers) 
in the past and it worked then too.  Hope this helps.
              Bonnie Fergusson
              Swans Market Cohousing
              Oakland, CA

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On Nov 12, 2012, at 7:47 PM, Jerry McIntire <jerry.mcintire [at]> 

> Does anyone have a formula as to the number of washers for communities that
> have only a common laundry facility? We are looking at 15 - 18 homes,
> average size two bedrooms, with an average of 2.7 people in each home (I
> made that up, I don't know what the average number of people per home will
> be.). Will three machines be enough, or ...?
> Thanks,
> Jerry
> -- 
> Jerry McIntire
> Stone's Throw Ecovillage
> Viroqua, Wisconsin
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