Owners of apartments with wide corridors can free up a small bathroom and move the washing machine to the walk-through area. It is best to put the equipment closer to the bathroom. It is also important to take into account the possible difference in floor heights in the bathroom and in the hallway. If you do not choose the correct slope of the drain hose, then the laundry after washing will have an unpleasant smell of stagnant water.
During the repair, it is necessary to carry out waterproofing of the corridor. To do this, you can use rolled waterproofing membranes, on which the main floor covering is then laid.
Consider the design of this zone in the corridor. You can hide it with sliding panels or mount it in a cabinet. It will also be possible to install a drying machine there and store household chemicals, a vacuum cleaner and other small things. But you can also leave the technique in plain sight, complementing it with appropriate decor.
Changes in engineering networks, if you stretch pipes to far corners, fall under the concept of redevelopment. It is worth consulting with a specialist.
The kitchen belongs to the wet areas in the apartment, therefore, no approval is required to install a washing machine there. But here you can face the problem of water distribution, for example, between a washing machine and a dishwasher. Solving this issue is quite simple by choosing a model with a timer function. In this case, you can load it in the evening, and the laundry will start, for example, at five in the morning. This method will also help save those who have two-tariff electricity meters, and at night it is cheaper.
In the kitchen, the machine can be built into the kitchen set so that it does not catch the eye. If you have chosen a top-loading model, build it into a pencil case. In a bright kitchen, the white body of the machine will not stand out much, you can even leave it in plain sight. Or choose a model in a close color to the headset.
Another place for the laundry area in the apartment is a glazed and insulated loggia, which is adjacent to the kitchen. You should not use an open balcony: temperature extremes, heat and frost are harmful for equipment.
It is also worth considering the material of the floors on the loggia and what kind of load they can withstand. And also the angle at which the water hose will pass. To solve all these issues, it is better to invite a professional. He will know what floors were used between the loggias in your house, take into account what effect vibration will have on them during washing and select a solution, such as a reinforced podium, that will prevent possible problems.
If your apartment has niches or pantries in non-residential rooms, you can also place a washing machine there. In addition to it, it will be convenient to store household chemicals in a pantry or niche: hang the shelves so as to make the most of the space without leaving empty walls.
In such a pantry, in addition to a washing machine, you can fit a dryer, ironing board, baskets for sorting laundry, shelves for storing powders and air conditioners. It all depends on the size.
Dressing room — if it was originally provided in the apartment — is considered non-residential area. Therefore, you can place a washing machine there.
A good life hack that will insure you against leaks and flooding of your neighbors is to install a leak sensor next to the washing machine. When water gets on it, the electrodes close, and a signal about this is sent to the distributor, which shuts off the water in the apartment. And so that the washing machine does not spoil the look of the dressing room, hide it behind sliding mirrored doors or ordinary fabric curtains.