It is a small house and I haven't had a chance to attack it with a tape measure yet. There is a small area off the kitchen where we might put the washer/dryer, but it's possible that a conventional set may not fit there either. So then comes up the "stackable" or "over/under combo" unit question. Appliance stores seem to be rather devoid of these- I only remember seeing one example that was dogshit brown (and beat up looking) and could possibly handle half the load(s) of a standard set. There was no price tag on it.
1) do they make 'stackable' units that can handle a full load of laundry?
2) "what are you gonna do when one side breaks?" is what i hear a lot. Any real-world experience on reliability/repair, etc? Something tells me that having the guy from Sears out to fix your dryer will be about the same experience for me whether it's stackable or not.
3) how are these efficiency-wise? Gas dryers available as stackables?
4) Is the end cost of acquisition less, same, or more than buying a conventional set?
5) Any recommendations of brands and stores to acquire appliances are appreciated.