|What could be more convenient|
than a laundry chute in the bathroom?
• The laundry chute, a domestic must from Victorian times through the twenties, disappeared as multi-story homes lost favor. However, the resurgent popularity of traditional two-story home styles has revived the step-saving laundry chute as well. While the cost of a chute is minor (most are made from twelve-inch diameter sheet metal duct), its planning does demand a bit of ingenuity. The chute must be in a convenient central location on the upper floor, while still aligning with the laundry room beneath.
| With the arrival of|
permanent press fabrics,
most built-in ironing boards
ended up looking like this.
• The “cool closet”—a tall, built-in kitchen cabinet designed for storing fruits and vegetables—was a very popular home feature from the turn of the century until mechanical refrigeration caught on big in the 1930s. The cabinet was located on an outside wall and fitted with a set of louvers near the top and bottom to admit outside air, creating a natural draft that pulled cool air over the food inside.
|The two stacked louvers seen on this Berkeley, California|
bungalow are the telltale sign of a "California Cooler"
or convective cooling closet. No electricity required.
(Photo courtesy of diginstructable)
|A long, long hose is just about the only drawback to|
central vacuum systems—other than their initial cost.
(Photo courtesy of DTV Installations)
Central vacuum units are quieter, and their large capacity also requires less emptying. Neither is there a power cord to get tangled up, nor a heavy unit to lug up and down stairs. There is, however, a hose up to thirty feet long to contend with. The systems are most useful in large homes or those with multiple stories or levels.