We had planned it for quite a while, but only together with the (overdue) renovation of our kitchen here: we wanted – in the course of this long-planned renovation – to relocate our washing-machine and the clothes dryer to our new garage, even if that would mean somewhat more walking there and back, in order to get more space in our kitchen, which is somewhat on the small side, after all. As I said, we had actually planned that in the course of the renovation, but then, some weeks ago, our washer gave up its ghost and we decided to get a new one. Possibly the old one could have been repaired [after all, it only couldn’t get the water pumped out any more], but there’s no one here in Karnes City to do that, so we’d have to have got someone from San Antonio. And that guy would probably not have had the required spare part and thus would have had to come here a second time – adding to the costs. That’s why we decided to get a new washing-machine.
At the same time we bought a new laundy dryer, because the old one [actually, it isn’t that old] runs on natural gas, and we don’t have that in the new garage. This is why we needed an electrically powered one, since we wanted to have both the washing-machine and the laundry dryer out of the kitchen.
In addition to that we needed a tankless water heater [aka on-demand or point-of-use water heater], since the washing-machine, contrary to what I was used to in Germany, needs to be supplied with warm/hot water. It does have its own heating system, but that is only powerful enough to keep the water at the required temperature or raise it to “very hot” should that be required. We decided in favour of an on-demand water heater and against the more usual ones with a tank as we don’t need the hot in the garage that often and it would be a waste of energy to always keep a supply of hot water there.
Thus we had the plumber and the electrician here during the last few days, to connect the washer and dryer and the water heater, plus run a water line to the new garage. That, which included an old one that ran half the way but was corroded, was quite a bit of work for our plumber. Our electrician had to install a 60 Amps circuit breaker plus run a 220 Volt [not the more usual 110 Volts] to the water heater.
Well, that’s what the garage looks like now:
We had planned to put the washer and dryer in this spot – under the stairs – already when we built the garage, and we were happy that it worked out, even with both machines raised – for easier access – on pedestals.
And to the left of the washing-machine there’s our freezer, as said in the caption. We bought that a while ago as our fridge in the kitchen, even if it has “American” dimensions 😉 has not big enough freezing compartments for our purposes.
And this here is the front of the freezer:
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