Those who live in newer houses often have a washer and dryer on the second floor, close to bedrooms and baths. But if you live in an older, multilevel home, there’s a good chance your laundry room is stashed in the basement or on the ground floor. What to do? One quick and not-so-expensive fix is to install a laundry chute.
Why: Because running up and down multiple flights of stairs may sound like a fun New Year’s resolution, but it gets tiresome after, say, load number 20.
Adding a laundry chute can be quite easy, says Seattle architect Nils Finne, who has installed quite a few chutes in both new and existing homes. “We generally allow for a 10- by 10-inch clear vertical shaft space, and the contractor inserts a sheet-metal liner into that space,’’ says Finne.
Who to hire: Adding a laundry chute in an existing home is probably not a job for the novice DIYer.
“If your chute is on the second floor, this will be trickier, because you will have to create a clear path from the laundry chute door to the exit of the chute in the basement,” Cherne says. “You will have to cut the hole for the laundry chute on the second floor, then create an opening on the first floor.”
General rule of thumb: Chutes typically need to dump into a container,
not on top of the washer-dryer Cabinet-S-Top ~ 1977 Medina Road, Medina, OH 44256 ~ www.cabinet-s-top.com ~ 330.239.3630
General rule of thumb: Chutes typically need to dump into a container, not on top of the washer-dryer
Cabinet-S-Top ~ 1977 Medina Road, Medina, OH 44256 ~ www.cabinet-s-top.com ~ 330.239.3630