We are at a bit of an impasse here. Our 4 year old Frigidaire washing machine sucks. It’s been ever so slowly NOT washing our clothes, and while *most* of our stuff has made out ok, there are a few stains in things that I am kind of cranky about (ie. shorts that Kitten peed on, with pee stains – these are dark purple shorts, people… pee should wash out of things, and my white bedding that has slowly turned yellow as it has filled with body oils). So, we’ve decided to do something about it.
First, we decided to just replace the washing machine. I was planning on getting the new LG machine, with all the bells and whistles. It’s shiny and red and has an “add water” feature (plus about a zillion other features that I didn’t know about until I read the owners manual). I was/am fairly excited about this machine, although not terribly thrilled about the bill. We have the money set aside for it, so it’s not a “big deal” in that regard, but dude. $$$.
Then, I talked to Rob’s folks and they kind of convinced me that we should remodel our laundry room so we can get a (reliable) top loader. You know, an old school washing machine. The reason we would have to remodel is because when we bought the house, we had the builder build up a ledge in the laundry room to put the front loading washing machine and dryer on. I thought that it was so clever – we wouldn’t have to buy the pricey pedestals for the machines, and tralalalala everything would be perfect. Well, I *have* to have a front loader now, because if I get a top loader and it becomes unbalances and decides to “take a walk”, it will fall off the ledge (and through the wall – the laundry room is *very* small), so that is kind of out of the picture for us. Anyway, it would be A LOT of work to remodel the area – remove all the lino and lay down new stuff, take out the ledge, put up gyprock and repaint, put up new baseboards, cut the drain in the floor under the washer down. All a giant PITA. Rob HAAAAATES this idea. He is definitely in the “lets NOT remodel” camp.
So now I’m back to the idea of my shiny new LG machine. But I want to know: what would YOU do? Remodel and get the top loader (it will come out to about the same cost as the fancy front loader), or just buy the new machine? Or is there a 3rd option?