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Does anyone have dishwasher in their utility room?

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goingtobefree Sat 15-Nov-14 06:22:31

We are planning on an extension and will have a kitchen diner with a utility off the dining area.
I was thinking of having a large double sink ,,insinkerator, and dishwasher in the utility.
The idea being we can eat and the dirty dishes can go straight to the utility to be put in the dishwasher.

Does this sound right?

eurochick Sat 15-Nov-14 06:26:57

I think they are better in the kitchen so you can put things in as you cook. And do you want to have to go to the utility room with every dirty cup and glass through the day?

Alwayscheerful Sat 15-Nov-14 06:33:23

It really depends what space you have in your kitchen.

If you have space, Eurochick is right you will need one in the kitchen but I would have a pair of dishwashers if I had space.

dragonfly007 Sat 15-Nov-14 06:51:36

Ours is in the utility, I hate it :-( I have a large work surface in the utility which also has washing machine and tumble dryer, so it often has lots of clothing to be ironed, so dirty pots doesn't work in that space. We use our dishwasher once or twice a week, mostly we wash pots by hand as the dishwasher isn't in the kitchen .

blackteaplease Sat 15-Nov-14 06:54:28

I would want it in the kitchen. In the morning breakfast dishes get taken straight out of the dishwasher and then items get loaded in throughout the day. All that tooing and froing would annoy me.

SanityClause Sat 15-Nov-14 07:06:36

The trouble is, you will be trekking back and forth into the kitchen to put everything away.

TipseyTorvey Sat 15-Nov-14 07:21:53

Agree with previous posters, you'll be constantly walking back and forth, plus where will you stack dirty dishes when it's on/full up? I have visions of your utility room being stacked with grimy plates? I've just had new kitchen put in and followed advice on here to have it a) close to main sink and b) close to crockery cupboards so I don't need to move my feet when un stacking.

goingtobefree Sat 15-Nov-14 07:26:35

See.. I thought it was such a brilliant idea but you are right I will be walking back and forth with dirty dishes.
So will have to have double sink and dishwasher in the kitchen.
Another question ....
We have a 10 year old fridge freezer and have another small one in the utility now.
If I don't make place for American fridge freezer in our new kitchen but replace it with a larder fridge in the kitchen and a larder freezer in the utility
When they stopped working.

I don't like throwing or replacing things for the sake of it but can afford to buy American style fridge freezer if I must...

Am I committing a serious kitchen design mistake?

AnnOnymity Sat 15-Nov-14 07:45:13

We have a larder style fridge freezer in the kitchen and another (taller one) in the utility room and find it works well. The one in the kitchen is used for things we eat/drink frequently (milk, yoghurts, cheese, salad stuff, frozen peas, ice cream, ice). The one in the utility room has meat and veg we'll cook with over the week, spare milks, and a freezer full of meat, bread and fruit from the garden. It works for us.

We live rurally and tend to do a big shop every week or couple of weeks, so buy things like milk and bread in bulk.

berceuse Sat 15-Nov-14 07:49:41

I would like the sink/dishwasher in the utility idea! Especially if you are eating in the kitchen. Just put everything in a bowl and carry it through .... and eat in a dirty dish free space. Would work for me! I hate seeing dirty dishes when I eat, have a huge kitchen with a table for 8 in it and the only thing that makes me use the dining room when I can be bothered is the dishes in the kitchen.

plumnc Sat 15-Nov-14 07:57:04

If I had my dishwasher in the utility it would never get emptied. The biggest thing preventing dirty dishes being put straight in the dishwasher is it being full of clean stuff that hasn't been put away.

We have larder fridge/ freezer in kitchen and a spare in utility. It works well here, same way as Ann says

Footle Sat 15-Nov-14 08:01:47

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FrauHelgaMissMarpleandaChuckle Sat 15-Nov-14 08:03:28

I had two dishwashers when I was married (we bought a house, there was a dishwasher, we brought ours from the house we had and put it in the utility. ) It was very handy when cooking for a lot of people.

I'd have two separate fridges and a freezer - if an american fridge freezer breaks, you're up the creek, whereas with separate ones you have a back up if one goes pfft.

TipseyTorvey Sat 15-Nov-14 12:35:17

I have two fridges - one small undercounter one for milk, cheese, everyday stuff within the main kitchen next to the kettle and an American big one at the end for longer term stuff, wish I'd got one with more freezer space tbh.... But works well enough

ArcheryAnnie Sat 15-Nov-14 12:39:50


I don't even have a full-size kitchen sink, never mind a dishwasher or a utility...

PigletJohn Sat 15-Nov-14 15:00:05

old fridges and freezers can be surprisingly uneconomical on electricity.

We have a tall newish FF in the kitchen, and another in the futility. The futility is next to the front door so shopping gets unpacked in there.

Yes to sink and drainer, plus enough work surfaces for folding washing or unpacking shopping, and watering cans, carwash stuff, ironing board, kettle and mugs.

Goldmandra Sat 15-Nov-14 15:04:02

I went against the designer's advice and had the dishwasher put in the utility thinking I needed kitchen cupboard space more. I was wrong.

We are hoping to move house soon and I am looking forward to having a more conventional arrangement.

UsedToBeAPaxmanFan Sat 15-Nov-14 15:23:13

I can't understand why people think its a problem having dirty crockery etc stacked up in the utility room. Surely that's better than in the kitchen?

Our dishwasher is in the kitchen but if it's full, or there are pots etc which need hand washing, they go straight to the utility room and stack up there out of sight which is much better than having them in view in the kitchen diner.

The cupboard where we keep our plates, bowls, mugs and glasses is not next to the dishwasher, it's about 5 steps away. Our kitchen designer did point out that this meant we'd be walking up and down the kitchen when we unloaded the dishwaher. I explained that I was only in my 40s and perfectly capable of moving a few steps each morninggrin

It really isn't a big deal. If that's where you think your dishwasher will work best for you, then put it there.

RudyMentary Sat 15-Nov-14 15:28:26

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RaphaellaTheSpanishWaterDog Sat 15-Nov-14 17:23:31

We currently have our dishwasher in the kitchen/breakfast room - our house is Georgian and we extended it as part of a huge restoration project when we purchased three years ago - a large room (36' x 15') with a small loo-tility off to the rear end. Tbh, with the benefit of hindsight I wish we'd made the latter space larger - it only has room for loo, butler sink unit with single single and loads of drawers, floor-standing boiler and washing machine - so that the dishwasher could go in there too.

For us, having piles of dirty dishes in the utility is preferable to the kitchen and it's only a few steps extra from its current location by the kitchen sink to the other room.

In the (Victorian) house we're (hopefully) buying, the current kitchen is much too small so we plan to re-locate the kitchen to one of the reception rooms and use the former kitchen as a utility. At the moment the dishwasher is in there and we have no plans to re-site this in the new kitchen space. Mind you, there's also an Aga in the current kitchen and we don't intend to move that either!

We will cook roasts/do baking in the Aga and cook most meals on a large hob in the new kitchen. Both rooms will have butler sinks and some washing up (our everyday dinnerware is terracotta which I prefer not to wash in the dishwasher) will be done by hand in the new kitchen, whilst pots, pans, baking trays etc will be washed in the dishwasher - but many of these will come straight from the Aga anyway......

I guess it's all down to personal choice!

RaphaellaTheSpanishWaterDog Sat 15-Nov-14 17:25:49

Forgot to add - the new utility will be just across a secondary hallway from the proposed kitchen and with the Aga being sited there we will also keep some saucepans, roasting pans etc in that space for convenience....

Plockplock Sat 15-Nov-14 21:04:58

We have our dishwasher and sink in the utility and it works really well, not at all inconvenient. I wouldn't have it in the kitchen area as I prefer cupboard space. The big plus is that the kitchen always looks immaculate as all dirty dishes are hidden from view! We have a full height larder fridge in the kitchen and under the counter freezer in the utility.

DramaAlpaca Sat 15-Nov-14 21:09:44

We rented a house for a while & the only place we could put our dishwasher was in the utility room.

It was a complete pain having to trek in & out of there from the kitchen with dirty dishes, and a hassle to unload as well.

When we moved into our new house the dishwasher went close to the sink, where it should be IMO. Much more convenient.

SkyHighWhy Sat 15-Nov-14 21:25:12

Our utility is off the kitchen/diner, just off the dining end, which is also the end with the crockery & glasses cupboards. Taking dirty dishes from table to d/w is about 5 steps. D/w is under a worktop so it's easy to unload onto. A tray can be handy to reduce trips (but I'm trying to lose weight so more trips mean more exercise!). It works just fine.

We have a tall freezer and a tall larder fridge. The fridge was a godsend for a while, especially when entertaining, but it seems oversize since the children moved out.

goingtobefree Sun 16-Nov-14 13:00:38

Fridge freezer - going to keep both of them and not going to buy a huge American fridge freezer.

Dishwasher - changed my mind and thought that I was going to have one in the kitchen. Am I really mad if I have a drawer type dishwasher / single large sink in the kitchen and a full size dishwasher in the utility with double sink..

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