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    • asc1991
    • By asc1991 11th Aug 18, 6:47 PM
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    Replace toilet with washing machine - cost?
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    • 11th Aug 18, 6:47 PM
    Replace toilet with washing machine - cost? 11th Aug 18 at 6:47 PM
    Hey,

    We're thinking of moving the washing machine out of the kitchen to free up space for a dishwasher.

    We have an outside loo (not used). We were thinking of removing the loo and putting the washing machine there. The outside loo doesn't have electricity, but shares a wall with the kitchen (directly behind oven), so putting electricity in shouldn't be a big job. Most of the work will be removal, disposal, and plumbing.

    I could give it a go, but I think in this instance I'd rather spend the money to get it done properly - unless I'm over estimating how hard this would be? I have no idea if this would be expected to cost 100 or 1000... and wondered if somebody had a good idea at a ball park figure. I appreciate it varies regionally (I'm in Devon) and if there are complications.

    p.s. ball park figure to not include the new dishwasher or the installation of that.

    Cheers.
    Last edited by asc1991; 11-08-2018 at 6:51 PM.
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    • jim1999
    • By jim1999 11th Aug 18, 7:50 PM
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    • 11th Aug 18, 7:50 PM
    I paid around 500 for a similar job to this. Had new electric ring put in, sink removed, toilet removed, and repiped for washing machine and dryer.

    Paid a guy who was qualified as both electrician and plumber as the bathroom needed Part P documentation.

    I'm not in a cheap area though (nr London), I reckon Devon should be a bit cheaper.
    Last edited by jim1999; 11-08-2018 at 7:55 PM.
    • Owain Moneysaver
    • By Owain Moneysaver 11th Aug 18, 9:32 PM
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    • 11th Aug 18, 9:32 PM
    If the outside loo is liable to freeze you might want to put a small frost protection heater in.
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    • owen_money
    • By owen_money 12th Aug 18, 6:20 PM
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    • 12th Aug 18, 6:20 PM
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    • 12th Aug 18, 6:20 PM
    I wouldnt recommend replacing a toilet with a washing machine, you're more than likely to have an extended flush cycle and will no doubt end up with 'residue' in the drum.
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    • Robin9
    • By Robin9 12th Aug 18, 6:31 PM
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    • 12th Aug 18, 6:31 PM
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    • 12th Aug 18, 6:31 PM
    If this is your only downstairs loo I suggest you think again.

    My MIL has this sort of arrangement, its not ideal but very useful.

    Think bigger.
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    • eastonian
    • By eastonian 15th Aug 18, 2:37 PM
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    • 15th Aug 18, 2:37 PM
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    • 15th Aug 18, 2:37 PM
    We did exactly this when we renovated our house 5 years ago - there was a rather grim downstairs toilet which was outside the house i.e. accesses by going out of the back door & then into the WC. I know some people love a downstairs toilet, but having it outside made it rather unappealing. We're also in our 30s so no problems getting up stairs yet!

    We had our builders at the time remove the toilet, and simply punch through the kitchen wall into the new 'utility room' with power from the kitchen ring as well as a cold water supply. We had space for the WM as well as a freezer above - this meant we could get away with having no cupboards in the kitchen as we had freed up 2 units under the counter.

    In terms of plumbing, the WM waste uses the original toilet waste, with a large rubber grommit as a spacer - the WM waste tube runs mostly through 40mm plastic waste tube (same as a dishwasher) and that sits in the rubber grommit so no smells come up. We have lagged the water pipes coming in since the room is not heated, but have not had any freezing issues, even in the really cold snap earlier this year.

    Absolutely love have the WM outside of the kitchen - esp as we have a large open plan kitchen/diner, and we never hear any noise from it. Of course it's a bit of a pain getting washing in/out when it's raining but not much of a hardship. If we didn't have the freezer in there, I would probably stick a tumble dryer in there too with a vent to the outside.

    My one piece of advice - check whether your WM or other white goods will fit through the door frame, as the units are usually 900mm wide and door frames usually are NOT. We had to remove the door and frame to get the WM in and will no doubt have to do the same one day in the future if it needs replacing!
    • Head The Ball
    • By Head The Ball 15th Aug 18, 6:03 PM
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    ..My one piece of advice - check whether your WM or other white goods will fit through the door frame, as the units are usually 900mm wide and door frames usually are NOT. We had to remove the door and frame to get the WM in and will no doubt have to do the same one day in the future if it needs replacing!
    Originally posted by eastonian
    Am I missing something?

    Standard size washing machines are usually just under 600 wide x 600 deep x 900 tall and will easily fit vertically through most doorways.
    Last edited by Head The Ball; 15-08-2018 at 6:06 PM.
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    • eastonian
    • By eastonian 17th Aug 18, 3:05 PM
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    Am I missing something?

    Standard size washing machines are usually just under 600 wide x 600 deep x 900 tall and will easily fit vertically through most doorways.
    Originally posted by Head The Ball
    Sorry you are right of course, 900mm was a typo as I was writing on my phone!

    Still, however, my Hotpoint Aqualtis washing machine definitely did NOT fit through the PVC doorframe so off it came to get the WM through the (amittedly narrow) door aperture. A bit of a pain but not something I expect to do very often so not much of a worry. I suppose the door is narrow as the room itself is very small, and literally just held a toilet & small sink in the past.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 17th Aug 18, 3:08 PM
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    • 17th Aug 18, 3:08 PM
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    • 17th Aug 18, 3:08 PM
    "Replace toilet with washing machine"

    That reminds me of that ancient Letter To an Irishman From His Mother.... about moving to the new house and their new washing machine "This place is really nice. It even has a washing machine. I'm not sure it works so well though: last week I put a load in and pulled the chain and haven't seen them since.".

    http://abitoblarney.com/letterfromirishmothertoherson.htm
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