Re: Private home dishwashers: 18" vs 24"
From: Diana Carroll (
Date: Sat, 19 Oct 2013 12:43:11 -0700 (PDT)
I would be very unhappy if our unit could only accommodate an 18 inch
dishwasher. We are two adults and three children.  My husband and I both
work at home and we home school our children so we are home (generating
dishes) ALL THE TIME. We do two loads a day in our 24 inch washer.

Do not assume that everyone goes to every common meal. We have 3-5 meals a
week, but I think very few families go to all or most of those.  We have a
very successful and popular common meal program here, but at any given meal
less than half the families are there...which means a good number of
families are home...generating dishes.

It's easier to replace a large DW with a smaller one than vice versa.  I
don't remember anyone suggesting we go with 18" washers during development
but if they had I'd have argued vehemently against it.  I would not advise
it, except perhaps for 1 BR units. Unless you are building in an extremely
tight footprint such as an urban retrofit, the extra 1.5 square feet
required to accommodate 24 inch washers is totally worth it, in my opinion.

On Saturday, October 19, 2013, Don Benson wrote:

> Too small for what?  Reducing footprint has consequences.  Perhaps on
> consequence is to run the dishwasher more often?
> Does the developer understand the intention of the community, or ever
> visited a home in Europe and noticed the size of the washers there?
> Don Benson
> Ubuntu - I am because we are.
> On Oct 18, 2013, at 12:48 PM, Taryn Leigh <taryn_leigh [at] 
> wrote:
> > One question that has come up is dishwasher size in the private homes.
> >
> > 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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