Re: Private home dishwashers: 18" vs 24"
From: Grace Kim (
Date: Mon, 21 Oct 2013 12:02:20 -0700 (PDT)
As another architect in the fray, I thought I'd add my 5cents.

I have designed a few cohousing communities, but more importantly numerous 
renovations for multifamily projects.

While I'm a staunch supporter of living more compact and efficient boat-like 
designs, I would advise you to seriously consider the 24" dishwasher as it is a 
more standard (read readily available and cost effective) size.
There are typically only 1-2 options for any of the smaller appliances...which 
translates to higher cost for replacement (and sometimes delay in ordering).
If you are consciously making a decision to downsize for your own personal 
unit, that's fine.  But I think it is unwise to saddle future homeowners with 
that decision.

grace h. kim | schemata workshop inc.
aia, principal architect


> Our architect, Charles Durrett (extensive cohousing experience) recommends an 
> 18" unit however our developers/project managers (extensive small strata 
> development experience but no cohousing experience) say 18" is too small and 
> to install 24" units.

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