Re: Common House Shared Laundry
From: Douglas G Larson (
Date: Tue, 21 May 2019 14:11:19 -0700 (PDT)
> How have you figured out how many washers and dryers are optimal?   We are
> the planning stage for our cohousing in Albuquerque and plan to have a
> laundry and hookups in individual houses.  We don?t know yet how many 
> households plan to install their own washers and dryers
> Would appreciate any input

We have 3 commercial washers and 3 commercial dryers in our community of 13
households. I don't know how that number was chosen though I suspect some
research was done to arrive at that number. Only one household has hookups
for laundry. 

Our commercial machines are stackables so the dryer sits on top of the
washer.  We chose this configuration because our laundry room is limited in

We chose to have common laundry for both environmental and cost reasons,
i.e. to save on water usage and the cost of water usage. 

We have a sign-up sheet in the common house laundry room where people sign
up to use the machines. We limit use to between 8:00 am and 9:00 pm when our
guest rooms are occupied because our guest rooms are next to the laundry
room. If there are no guests then residents can use the machines anytime. 

The person responsible for the common house laundry signs up for a slot on
the schedule just like the residents do. 

The sign-up schedule is usually pretty full, though there are lulls
occasionally. Consequently, the machines get pretty heavy use and are often
in a state of repair. 

Douglas G Larson,
Songaia Cohousing, 
Bothell, Washington

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