A funny thing happened today. I stopped by a job site to check on progress, and decided to take out my tape measure to double check a few things.

In case you were wondering, this is my favorite go-to tape measure. I love using laser (non-tape) measures for quick measures. They have a good degree of accuracy, speed, and ease of recording measurements without a 2nd person to hold a tape measure in place.

Back to the measurements! In the kitchen, we had a new closet installed. The entire purpose of that closet was to conceal a new stackable washer and dryer, since the only place we could fit the unit was in the kitchen, and the plumbing already existed.

If you were building a closet for a stackable washer dryer, what is the first thing you would do? Would it be to measure stackable units to figure out how big the closet needs to be? Well, that would be a good place to start. But, of course, not everyone starts the same way.

On this site visit, I measured the interior and door width, depth, and height of the closet. I was shocked to discover that the closet was built too shallow. Not even the most compact stackable units would fit in this closet and have clearance for the dryer vent at the rear of the unit.

I had a quick chat with the contractor and explained the situation. He admitted that the closet needed to be “adjusted” (after he was already done framing and had begun mudding the walls, and was about to install the door). His mistake set the schedule back a few days, but it would have been much worse if the floors had already been installed before the closet framing was fixed. A few days later, we had a fully functional closet, with a door and all!

And even better with the brand new stackable washer dryer:


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