Small house, big mistake

We did some measuring on the house we’re buying earlier this week, which explained a peculiarity about the house…and brought a huge problem in a tiny space to our attention.

Where is this problem?

The utility room.

Somebody made a huge mistake in that tiny cramped space when they planned the utility room.  It has all the basics–the closet for the central air/heat, the water heater, the washer hook ups, and the 220 volt plug in for the dryer, as well as the dryer vent.  It all looks good when you just look at it.

The House laundry fixtures

Utility room's laundry hook ups. They look "normal", right?

But we had noticed a peculiar thing about it too.  It sports two doors–the “back” door and a door into the living area.  On the door to the living area, there was weather stripping, and a lot of it.  Why on earth would anyone put weather stripping on an interior door?

Initially, we thought perhaps it was to prevent heat transfer from using the dryer, or to block noise from the machines.  We were happy with that explanation until we measured.  It seems that here was the mistake.

There is exactly 26″ from the back of the space for the machines to the door frames, both of which open inwards into the tiny space.  Without allowing for hoses behind the machines, the machines measure 26 1/2″ on upwards to about 29″.

It won’t fit…and allow the back door to be used.

Moving a door is a major project, even if GM does it himself.  It’s not exactly an afternoon’s work.  There is plenty of room to move it further away from the machine without interfering with the water heater’s closet or the closet holding the central air/heat unit…so why on earth did they screw this up so badly?

We’ll never know the answer, but eventually, we do have to come up with a solution.  We don’t currently own these appliances, and they are a ways down the list in terms of priorities for purchasing them as well–we’ll get by initially with trips to the laundromat.  (Thank goodness it offers free wi-fi, right?  Nothing ranks as boring as sitting and waiting for laundry to wash!)

Problems are easy to find.  The real challenges are found in finding solutions that fit our budget, tools, skills, and abilities.  That’s next…but not until after closing.

The formal handing over of title and deed seems so far away right now!


About giascott

Writer, blogger, cook, grandmother, mother, wife, radio personality, outdoor enthusiast, dog enthusiast, crafter, artist, and part-time nut~~I've earned a lot of t-shirts in my day! I'm one of those crazy independent women who can cut down a tree, build you a shed, sew you a dress, cook your dinner, make some soap, pitch a tent, build a fire, catch some fish, dig in the garden, chase a kid or two, write you a poem, paint you a picture, and a dozen other things...just don't ask me to sing! I'm also embarking on a relatively new portion of my life, one of being disabled. I'm learning some lessons along the way about a lot of things too.
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