I Don’t Want a Stackable Washer & Dryer in My Small Home
Here at Cozy, we recently received a great email praising our floor plans and concepts proclaiming, “Somebody finally got it, a small home is NOT 1500 sq. ft.”
Not being my first rodeo, I waited for the shoe to drop… It did!
She continued by making the observation about my “almost” exclusive use of a stackable Washer & Dryers in all the designs was questionable. “Why didn’t I use more traditional side by side ones more often?”
I gladly thanked her for the email and gave her my reasoning behind this. Micro, Tiny and Cozy houses are all under 1000 sq ft and most under 500 sq ft, so compromises definitely need to be made. During the design process when the layout of a new cozy home is coming together, something that can be accomplished in 9 instead of 18 sq. ft. just makes sense to me. It’s that simple…
The W/D is #5 on the “6 Essentials” list. Having spent several years without one, I became very appreciative of having one close by. It wasn’t necessarily about the in-convenience and additional expense of the Laundromat, it was more of a time thing. I just felt for me, those hours could be better spent doing something else.
It’s impossible to please all the people, even most of the time… We love to try though, especially when these exchanges spark a new design.
The Dew Drop’s small house floor plan concept was inspired by this exchange and we introduced it in Flickr last week for the world to contemplate. A blog post is coming soon talking about all it’s great attributes and the use of a standard washer & dryer.
Cozy Home Plans is all about Living Large in a Cozy Home, regardless of your taste in W/D‘s
Thanks for your all your ideas and input, it really does help us create the most completely functional small houses for everyone to enjoy. Contact us anytime!
Cozy, Kevin B Harrington
In the interest of “full disclosure” though, I currently have a Fisher Paykel regular washer and dryer in storage in Colorado. Their by far the best W/D I have ever used and they do an amazing job of cleaning clothes. Definitely by the extended warranty though but that’s another story. Currently, they do not offer a stackable unit so this will obviously dictate my own future tiny house if I want to keep them.