Latest Trend: Laundry Moving On Up
If you are sick of climbing the stairs, it may be time to move your washer and dryer to the second floor. Consumer Reports has some advice on this new renovation trend.Posted — Updated
Having an upstairs laundry area eliminates the work of carrying loads up and down the stairs. Consumer Reports looks at the latest renovation trend.
Gina LeDone recently renovated her home and one of the big changes was moving the laundry room upstairs.
"I just couldn't believe what a great idea it was. It makes perfect sense," LeDone said.
"One of the first things you need to do is check with an engineer to make sure your house can take the extra weight and vibrations of a washer and dryer," said Celia Lehrman, of Consumer Reports.
As for power, an electrician should run dedicated electric lines for your washer and dryer. Plus, the dryer needs a vent.
Consumer Reports said front-loading washers tend to be quieter than top-loaders. However, some top-loaders can be stacked with a dryer, which saves space in an upstairs laundry room.
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