moving washing machine to opposite side of wall

This weekend I plan to move my washer and dryer to the other side of the wall that they currently back up to. The wall is a typical 5 year old wood 2x4 drywalled wall. The wall is shared between the current laundry/mudroom and the not-used-as-a-dining-room dining room. The washer hooks to a single lever valve in an Oatey plastic inset box. It drains into a drain in this same box. It plugs into an outlet also on this wall. The dryer is a gas dryer. The gas line comes up from the floor, close to the wall. The exhaust goes down into the floor, also close to the wall. The dryer plugs into the same outlet as the washer. The "dining" room is carpeted. I am looking for answers/suggestions/criticism to my plan:
- The electrical outlet, and the water supply/drain box can be moved... since the basement is right below.
- For the sake of re-sale & possible change of plans, I don't want to put holes in the wall-to-wall carpet (convince me otherwise?). So, I will add to the existing gas pipe, running it through the drywall wall. I will also run the existing exhaust duct through the drywall wall. Is there some kind of protective sheath that needs to go b/w the duct and drywall?
- The new arrangement would end up with the washer on the right, instead of the left (as it is now). The dryer door handle will now be close to a wall, and open towards the washer.... instead of the other way around. OR...In order to keep the original orientation, I could run the exhaust duct and gas over before coming through the drywall.
- I plan on putting down a piece of 3/4" plywood over the carpet, and use a catch try under the washer.
I'm trying to do this the easiest way possible, that avoids an ugly situation if I go to sell my house someday and someone says "What moron put a washing machine in the dining room and cut holes in the carpet. I'm not sure others will value my change as much as I will. Thanks for any help Buzz
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- Buzz -

- Nehmo - The placement of the washer and dryer in a house should be considered permanent. The carpet under the plywood or pan under the washer and dryer is lost anyway. It's your house. Arrange it to suit your own circumstances and needs not those of some possible future buyer.
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Well... permanent? I'm about to move them aren't I? Once I move them are the appliance police going to make me keep them there? What if we change our minds and having a working mudroom doesn't pan out, and we decide to move them again? I will if it makes sense again.

It never occurred to me that the carpet would be ruined from this. Carpet seems to survive furniture... and because furniture generally has a smaller footprint, I has a fairly high pounds per square inch. Sure it looks crushed at first, but over some time and vacuuming... it comes back. Why won't it in this case? I'd have to do some math to find the full load weight versus the footprint.

Although a toilet might be convenient as a night stand... I'd warn you that I won't be buying your house if I find this.
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Buzz wrote: ...

It's not the weight itself that will be the problem, it's the inevitable water and dirt that will, over time, accumulate and get ground in that will be the problem.
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Buzz wrote:

I have to ask... what is your motivation to do this?
If the carpet is fantastic and you're worried about resale, why not just pull it up and store it?
The rest of the stuff can be restored pretty easily.
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John Harlow wrote:

Yeah, the carpet will be toast as far as resale is concerned if a washer/dryer unit sit in there for any length of time at all...and I agree, w/o knowing the situation this sounds wacko... :)
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Our laundry/mudroom is really small. It is just long enough for a washer and dryer, and just wide enough open the door. No room for laundry baskets, coats, shoes, bags, kids. (door hits them) Of course a stacked washer dryer is a thought... but I'm not posting about that.

It is wall to wall. The rest of the room will be usable with carpeting... just not the washer/dryer section of carpet.
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