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Post# 191821   2/17/2007 at 04:07 (4,415 days old) by mavei511 ()        

How many of your houses have (or have had)the washer connection in one place and the dryer in another? Did you relocate the machine(es)? Some older houses here are like that because local codes only required a washing machine connection or laundry tray.The dryer (usually gas)was added on later by tapping into a water heater or stove connection.

Post# 192118 , Reply# 1   2/18/2007 at 17:28 (4,414 days old) by golittlesport (California)        

Many older tract homes built during the post WW2 boom (late 40s and into the 50's) here in California had a washing machine connection in the kitchen, but no space allotted for a dryer. In those days most women used clothes lines in the yard to dry the clothes and with the So Cal weather they could do that year round. As clothes dryers became popular, many people added them on the back porch or in the garage and would carry the laundry to them from the kitchen. Many of these older homes have now had their kitchens remodeled to accommodate a full laundry. In the 60s, most laundry machines were both in the garage. In the 80s and into the 90s they moved inside, usually in a small utility room. The last 8-10 years they have moved upstairs near the bedrooms. Almost all new homes have laundry rooms on the upper floor. With the price of land out here now they don't build one-floor ranch homes like they did in years past.

When my family moved from Pittsburgh PA to Orange County CA in the 70s, my mom thought she was in heaven. After doing laundry in the basement all her life, she now had the washer and dryer in her large kitchen - behind louvered doors on the far side of the breakfast bar. She had a TL Westinghouse pair.

Post# 192141 , Reply# 2   2/18/2007 at 20:06 (4,413 days old) by petek (Ontari ari ari O )        

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I've never heard of it...but then most if not all houses around us growing up had full basements and that's where the machines were located, often with a laundry chute somwhere but not necessarily falling into the laundry room. just whereever it happened to line up with a hall closet off the bedrooms. So in essences sometimes you had the laundry chute emptying into the rek room

Post# 192143 , Reply# 3   2/18/2007 at 20:07 (4,413 days old) by whirlcool (Just North Of Houston, Texas)        

When I was in college, the house I rented in NOLA had a washer in the kitchen with a electric dryer outside on the back porch. Whenever it rained the machine would get rained upon. I was always worried that I would get fried using it while wet. But nothing ever happened. I just never used it when it was raining out.

Post# 192154 , Reply# 4   2/18/2007 at 20:42 (4,413 days old) by exploder3211 ()        

you see it some around these parts.. i have seen many old homes with a washer next to the sink and the dryer on the porch.

Post# 192163 , Reply# 5   2/18/2007 at 21:46 (4,413 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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The first house my cousins bought--mid to late 1950s vintage had this arrangement. (this is the same subdivision that was behind the one I gerw up in. This is the same subdivision Austin thinks is really nifty, which it is with its architectual designs). The dryer was put in the garage, which was totally detached. At some point, an owner put the washer & dryer in closet space/common wall shared by the hall bath and one of the bathrooms.

Post# 192183 , Reply# 6   2/18/2007 at 23:05 (4,413 days old) by mavei511 ()        

I just wanted to add that I have a friend whose parent's post-WWII house had the washer in the kitchen,but the Kenmore gas dryer was in a closet at the rear of the house. Which means that they had to carry the laundry from the front all the way to the back. It was a large walk-in closet with a small window located behind the back bedroom.
The house was flooded during Katrina and they lost everything.

Post# 192198 , Reply# 7   2/18/2007 at 23:47 (4,413 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Those friends of ours in Dallas (had the frog-eye just like Jetcone just restored; the hotpoint dishawsher and eventually the slant fronts)--the washer was in the kitchen. The electric dryer was located in the converted garage in an inside storage closet. So it was a little bit of treck. I honestly do not remember if I was able to carry the wet load from the washer to the deryr or not, that would have put me about age 5 that I can remember.

Post# 192211 , Reply# 8   2/19/2007 at 01:21 (4,413 days old) by sudsmaster (East of SF, West of Eden, California)        

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My previous residence was a rental house. There was only enough space on the small back porch/room for a washer. It was good because it was right next to the water heater. That was the '83 Whirlpool Super Capacity belt drive. Good washer. The yard was too small to string much of a clothesline. So I got a WCI gas dryer (small footprint, same as the frigmore dryers) and stuck that beside the stove in the adjacent kitchen. It tee'd off the stove gas line, and I used the former stove vent pipe for the dryer. Worked great. I never really noticed any problem moving clothes from washer to dryer - it was less work than hanging things on a line, not to mention a too-small line.

Post# 192269 , Reply# 9   2/19/2007 at 12:36 (4,413 days old) by retromom ()        
Been there!!

When we moved into our home, we discovered that the washer connection was in what is now our butler's pantry. The dryer was in a separate room off of the garage. In order to dry clothes, we had to unload them from the washer and walk them into the garage and into the little utility room. Needless to say, this was not going to last long!

We ended up knocking down some walls and moving the washer into the utility room on the same wall where the initial water connection was located. The downside to all of this is since it would cost a small fortune to move the plumbing, the washer and dryer are diagonal from each other. Not the most convenient of placement, but at least they are in the same room!!

Post# 192283 , Reply# 10   2/19/2007 at 14:25 (4,413 days old) by dadoes (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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I recall visiting one of my dad's cousins years ago. We were in the back yard, and a small storage closet behind the garage was open, with a Maytag 806 (single-dial electronic) dryer inside. It was just large enough for the dryer, with no access except from back of the house. Even a laundry basket wouldn't fit inside, unless set atop the dryer.

Post# 192316 , Reply# 11   2/19/2007 at 19:49 (4,412 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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It was also common in very old homes, built in rural areas without basements to have a washer installed in the kitchen and if there was a dryer, it would have been on an enclosed porch. Depending on the person, the dryer was utilized mostly as a work surface for the majority of washing was still line-dried outside.

Post# 192335 , Reply# 12   2/19/2007 at 21:37 (4,412 days old) by alr2903 (TN)        
Work Surface? Greg,she would of killed us.

Greg, you know you gotta keep your Automatic warm in the winter, esp. up there in the land of the TV Dinner. :-) Seriously though, My Grandmother sure did keep her SQ's warm with a wood burning stove in the (smokehouse) read shed. IIRC, there was a discussion about putting the Auto SQ in the kitchen, Grandmother said that was nonsense, She always kept the fire burning in the stove to keep her Wringer Sq warm and to dry clothing in the winter. A rural water line in the early 1970's rescued her from cistern water and made an automatic washer feasible. Of course she continued to wash my Grandfathers heavy work clothes and rugs in her Wringer.There was Never a reason to wash rugs or extremely dirty work clothes in her New automatic SQ, dryers were for winter, Summer sun made her whites whiter, and only lazy people used a dryer in the summer. She covered Her machines when washday was over, with covers she sewed herself,"keeps em from gettin skinned". She never had purex or clorox, she pronounced it "purox", detergent was "warshin powder".I miss her, alr2903

Post# 192390 , Reply# 13   2/20/2007 at 08:32 (4,412 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        
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I remember at large family gatherings, the laundry rooms at my grandmother's and aunt's homes were right off the kitchen and the washer & dryer tops would be piled with cake pans, tupperware boxes full of pies, cookies and assorted goodies, waiting for "after dinner" to be revealed!

Post# 192421 , Reply# 14   2/20/2007 at 12:21 (4,412 days old) by lavamat_jon (-)        

Although we've always had the washer and dryer next to each other, it's still really popular here for people to have a washer in the kitchen and their tumble dryer either in the entrance hall, cupboard under the stairs, or the garage (the latter being the most popular). It can be a bit of a hassle I suppose, but most people do this as it's the only way they can work a washer and seperate dryer around a small space rather than having to have a washer dryer.

I know somebody who has a washer in the kitchen and their dryer under the stairs, and it's quite a nice setup as they have quite a well organised storage for the iron, ironing board, and folded dry laundry worked around the tumble dryer under the stairs, which otherwise wouldn't really be utilised that well if the dryer was in the kitchen.


Post# 192647 , Reply# 15   2/21/2007 at 10:54 (4,411 days old) by chachp (Conway, AR)        
My mothers three season room is a frig in the winter.

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I had to chuckle about the pies, etc. in the laundry room. At my Mom's house her three season room becomes a huge refrigerator as she starts her holiday baking. At Thanksgiving and Christmas you will find the funiture covered and put against the walls. In the middle of the room you'll find 3 conference style tables covered with all kinds of goodies. Mostly backed goods. Everyone knows when they come to our house they visit the porch to graze just a bit or to make a "plate" to take home with them. She keeps stacks of seasonal plates in that room where folks will grab one and load it up to take with them.

She is very Italian and loves to feed all who visit. Once the winter breaks and it gets warmer what's left usually finds the way to the freezer or frig in the basement.

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