Here'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???