Washer/Dryer Closet Installation

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Dan O2.

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I'm exploring the idea of installing a stacked washer/dryer combo in a former closet. The closet is of a decent size and is against an exterior wall, so dryer venting will be easy. Being that the appliances are going to be stacked I have some concern about access to the washer taps(?) with the appliances in place. I could be missing something but it seems to me that it would be much better to have the taps located somewhere up front on the outside of the closet where they can be easily accessed in the event a line should burst or develop a leak (as opposed to having them buried behind the appliances at the rear next to the standpipe). I have some ideas on how things can be arranged but would like to hear some opinions.
 

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Some stacked washer dryer combos I've worked on had a middle panel for access that would come out.
Which units are you considering?
Back in the day we used to see a lot of washer shutoffs that were more remote though really still over the washers. With the same concept though, you could have them placed more conveniently.
 

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We most often put a recessed cut out on the side of the combo and use an access panel on the exterior of the closet to make access a piece of cake.
 

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If you have sufficient width in the closet maybe put a washer supply box on the left or right wall instead of the rear wall; makes access to the shutoff valves easier, and if it's a closet no one should complain about the valves being in plain sight.
 

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Those approaches all sound like thought went into them but looking up installation cases online usually shows the valves buried at the rear which is probably the worst location possible; I was just curious as to why I couldn't find any sort of installs that showed some innovative thinking.

This is the sort of appliance I was thinking about:

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That particular example is ONE unit (inseparable washer/dryer), LG does make very similar individual units that are stackable; they all have supply line connections at rear which is perfectly normal.

I drew up this to show the sort of arrangement I had in mind:

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Two possible locations for the valves are shown, as Jadziedzic suggested one location is inside the closet. This is basically the same sort of arrangement that would feed a lav sink, only the valves are different and located somewhat further away. Washer/dryers in closets is not exactly a new thing and if anything I'd say it's become more prevalent in recent years; why then do I feel like I'm inventing a new way to slice bread?
 
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