Having gone to the basement 4 times already while doing today’s laundry, with 2 more trips to go, I got to wondering why laundry rooms generally seem to be placed in the basement or garage. Isn’t the vast majority of the items laundered from the bedrooms and linen closet? Doesn’t it make sense to have to washer and dryer bedroom adjacent?
Friends of mine did just that when they had their house built eons ago. The entrance to their bedroom is a corridor - on one side is a large closet with the washer and dryer, on the opposite side is an identical closet with an ironing board and all kinds of storage. So very sensible. But every house we’ve lived in had the laundry appliances in the garage or garage adjacent, except this one, where we’ve got a basement laundry room.
Granted, I haven’t looked at new home construction so there’s a good chance the paradigm has changed. But if it hasn’t, it should.
Are there other things we do because “we’ve always done it that way” that would be better done another way?