What to my Wondering Eyes Should Appear? UPSTAIRS Washer/Dryer! YES!!!

Real Estate Agent with Equinox Real Estate Licensed in Oregon

washer/dryerHere's an interesting factoid for those of you who don't have the opportunity to regularly explore homes for sale:

Some single family dwellings have UPSTAIRS washers and dryers!

I was touring a Hayden home in Springfield with my mentor. We walked in, took off our shoes, looked around downstairs, nicely appointed, great job, stagers. I walked up the stairs and linoleum caught my eye. I thought to myself, "That's a weird (and pretty yucky) choice of floor covering. An office maybe?"

But as I crested the last step and peeked inside, I saw something amazing. These babies you see to the right. Not these actual babies. This is just a photo. It struck me as silly for a split second, a little Salvador Dali-esque, even. Before I finished my thought, I realized how intelligent this placement is. And I wondered, WHY isn't this more common in two-story homes???

Being a major research addict, I checked out a few things online.

Here's what I learned:

1. People have a major fear of flooding. Even though there are wahers and dryers in upstairs apartments, even though people have other water sources upstairs, it was the number one concern.

2. A drip pan with a built in drain solves the problem of the flooding.

3. People who have had the pinnacle experience of having an upstairs laundry room never want to go back to the olden days! As they point out, most of the laundry in a two-story home is upstairs. Laundry chutes help, but once you've had the second story treatment, a laundry chute is cold comfort, unless you're a big brother or sister.

I know many of you reading this are scoffing at my ignorance and lack of exposure. But seriously:

Why isn't this more common in two-story homes???


Posted by

Kelly Bogan

Equinox Real Estate

Licensed in the state of Oregon


Comments (8)

Will Nesbitt
Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria - Alexandria, VA
Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.

Contact Kelly Bogan for all your Eugene OR real estate needs (541) 683-2200. Keep up the good work!

Mar 25, 2013 03:31 AM
Brian L. Sirota, Esq.
Bristar Realty (Realtor/Attorney) - Orange, CA
For Solutions: (714) 501-7660

Kelly, pretty astute.   A number of builders in Southern California routinely build second story laundry rooms.   It sure beats using the dumbwaiter for double duty.   ;-)  Brian

Mar 25, 2013 08:02 AM
Kelly Bogan
Equinox Real Estate - Eugene, OR
Your Gateway to the Emerald Valley in Lane County
Thanks for the shout out, Will! I lived in your neck of the woods during college. I grew up in the Maine woods and I was culture shocked something fierce. Cool area, though. So happy I had that experience. ****************************************************************************************************** Well, Brian, when I plan my next dream house, I know where the laundry room will be located! :)
Mar 25, 2013 08:27 AM
Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
Seattle Home Inspector

Kelly around here it is pretty much the norm to have the laundry on the second floor in new construction---pretty rare to see it anywhere else.  Check out this link for a dang cool washer tray:

Sometimes there are better mouse traps and we still don’t use them.


Mar 25, 2013 11:10 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Definitely want the drip pan but also a drain in that pan like the bottom of a shower so water spilled, overflowing in with high seas laundry does not ruin the ceilings, floors, walls and cause lots of moisture with follow up mold in the drip drip drip tsunami in the laundry on the second floor. But laundry on the level where it is made and no up and down stairs, even with the laundry chute to save a little of the climbing must makes sense! If the new home is designed for them, they have their special place! I see many stackables on dollies so they can wheel out to clean and it does not get so disgusting below, behind, beside them in tight little quarters that are typical.

Mar 25, 2013 10:47 PM
Kelly Bogan
Equinox Real Estate - Eugene, OR
Your Gateway to the Emerald Valley in Lane County
Andrew, check out Charlie's link above if you want to see the Cadillac of drip pans and it's clever drain system. It's a work of art.
Mar 26, 2013 01:44 AM
Charita Cadenhead
eXp Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)

You are definitely a colorful writer.  You were born to blog.

Mar 27, 2013 04:57 AM
Kelly Bogan
Equinox Real Estate - Eugene, OR
Your Gateway to the Emerald Valley in Lane County
Charita, blogging sure is fun. I had no idea how addictive AR could be. I guess that's why there's a group for us!
Mar 29, 2013 08:16 AM