Re: Private home dishwashers: 18" vs 24"
From: KJ (
Date: Sat, 19 Oct 2013 19:05:02 -0700 (PDT)
We are two adults, we cook a lot and run a full 24" either every day or every 
other day...

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On Oct 19, 2013, at 3:43 PM, Diana Carroll <dianaecarroll [at]> wrote:

> 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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