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Old 03-05-2015, 11:06 AM
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We're going to be building a small house.

We just had to buy a new hot water heater on our current house, and had to buy a new washer about six months ago. Granted, our city house is a two story, but still, getting appliances in and out is a giant PITA.

Was thinking that most appliances are, or could be, on an outside wall. Maybe it would be worth building in access panels so the appliances could be extracted from outside rather than fishing them through the house. Hot water heater, washer, dryer, even potentially a stove might be a lot easier to replace if you could just open up the wall behind them and slide them out into a pickup.

Would have to make it secure I suppose so thieves couldn't use it, and would have to keep it insulated.
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Old 03-05-2015, 12:36 PM
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As often (or un-often) as this needs to be done I don't worry about it even being crippled up. An appliance hand cart goes a long way.

One thing to keep in mind with your plan is freezing. It's hard enough to keep water lines from freezing in an outside wall during winter - having a panel that could open to the outside would just invite more chance of freezing I think.

After the last 2 winters of many many days well below zero around here this is in the forefront of my mind. If you notice most modern type houses you will find the water lines run in an inside wall vs. an outside wall.
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