Re: Washer/Dryer in Common House/Units
From: Kay Argyle (
Date: Wed, 12 Dec 2001 13:10:01 -0700 (MST)
> I'd like to hear how those of you doing laundry in the common house feel
> about it.

Laundry rooms tend to get stuffed into leftover basement corners, a hangover
from the days when ill-paid overworked twelve-year-old maids did the
washing.  Most architects having wives who do the laundry, they see no
reason to change the location or ambience.

Regard the common house laundry room as a place for socializing, and design
it accordingly: pleasant, well-lit with preferably natural light, and with
counters or a table big enough for several people to be folding and sorting
their dry laundry at the same time without bumping elbows.  Make it big
enough, with extra hookups, so you can add more machines, if needed.  A
built-in ironing board that folds down from the wall would also be nice.

In addition to being small, our laundry room features the common house
furnace hanging down through a huge ragged hole in the ceiling.  Ugh.
They'd never have been permitted to do that in any other room.

I do appreciate the big window.

We have 26 units, of whom maybe half(?) have their own machines.  The
laundry has two front-load washers and two gas dryers.  That would be
enough, if so many residents didn't have similar work schedules.  As it is
we have laundry rush hours nights and weekends -- one more reason for this
particular procrastinator to put the laundry off!

Wasatch Commons
Salt Lake City, Utah
argyle [at]

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