WTFF: The Kink-Rethink

A simple solution to "just tucking that thing away."

posted Jan 18, 2012 by

Sometimes a little "been there, done let's improve this at Jeff Click Homes" enigma pops up in rather tucked-away places. In this case of this week's "What the Feature?! Friday," we encourage you to forget about tucking anything away, as we have come up with a sweet cubby hole for none other than the flimsy, foil-esqe, 4" tubing that attaches on to the back of a clothes dryer. It's anything but glamourous, but quite obviously a necessity.
Rats! Foiled again...not! At least in a JCH home. Plug your foiled dryer duct right into our sweet cubby.

"This has to be one of the most unnoticed features in our homes" says Brodie Tucker, our community manager. "However, it is quite a role player in the overall design and function in all of our mud/laundry rooms. In most cases, 4"-6" doesn't make a big difference..." Hold that thoughtwe're going to cut right here and give you Jeff's libretto on why it DOES make a big difference, especially when it comes to the newer styled front-loading washers and dryers.

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"After I lived in a home whose utility room lacked the few necessary inches to enable a door to freely open without almost bumping the dryer, I knew we had to start thinking more about this. The door had a hard time opening due to the dryer having to be about 4" away from the wall to keep the duct from kinking. While at the International Builder Show, I discovered a stainless steel inset panel which allows an additional 4" for your dryer vent duct to turn upwards and connect to the exterior dryer vent. It saves kinks in the duct, which means less stress on your dryer, and clothes dry more quickly."

It could be said that we've left the "gettin' kinky" stuff for what it's really intended for...not dryer ducts.

The toil with foil ends here.

And since every inch of a JCH home is smart and beautiful, why would we leave the laundry room to suffer? Our stager, Sharen Polkinghorne appreciates the gesture because from a design standpoint, you can make a lot of difference in a smaller space with more square footage and walk around space.

This is a standard amenity in ALL of our new homes in Oklahoma City and Edmond, and we spend around $50 more for this "freeture" over just a basic sleeve that sticks out of other builders' walls.

Smart, simple fixes. Why didn't we think of that first? Oh wait, we did.

A few Fridays a month, we post a new WTFF, or "What the Feature?! Friday" blurb scoping in on special elements of our homes that make us one unique thumbprint. Some are standard features, some are options, but all have a cool story.