Wednesday, July 13th, 2011.
Sorting out options for laundry has been an interesting side-note in making our tiny house a reality. Its one of the aspects of a home many likely take for granted. One thing that stood out in our decision making process: we did not want to rely on driving to a laundromat every time we needed to do our wash.
There were a few parameters that we needed to stay within to have laundry capabilities. With the house being an exercise in maximizing limited space, we would need something very small. Even the stackable apartment units would be too extravagant for this space. We’d also need to stay within the limits of our 30amp electrical system.
We spent a lot of time searching for the right product online and discovered a niche in the laundry world that we never knew existed- washer/dryer combo units that utilized the same drum from both washing and drying. We found varying size/capacity ranges within this product set, with many brands represented.
Reviews by folks who’ve used these units were mixed, and seemed to vary to great degree by brand. Pros discussed were the substantial savings on energy and, of course, space. Many users reported that these units wash great but the drying capabilities leave a bit to be desired. Common complaints were excessively long drying times (6 hours reported by some!) as well as clothes that just never came out dry. The damp clothes required hanging to dry completely. This could lead a reasonable person to just buy a washing machine.
After a good bit of research we set our sights on an LG 13lb combo unit. It would plug right in to our 110V system and had reasonable dimensions at 25″W X 33 1/2″H X 25″ D. The price tag was a bit steep, however, at about $1,500.00.
We knew this was the product we wanted to go with, so we built our kitchen counter, electrical layout, and plumbing to accomodate.
Due to the hefty price tag, however, we were content to leave a hole where the combo unit would end up until we had an extra 15 hundred bucks laying around.
And then Gabby’s Stepmother, Nini, mentioned that she knew of someone interested in selling a very similar product. Turns out Nini’s brother had been using a high quality German-made model for the past 20 years and was ready to upgrade to a larger system. Everything was still in good working condition, and if we wanted it, he’d give it to us for our tiny house for FREE! Of course we were thrilled, and gratefully accepted.
Our sincere thanks and appreciation goes out to Richard Binkley for this generous gift! We are touched and so very grateful!