We're looking for a home. It looks, atm, like we'll probably choose something that's about half our budget needing repairs and/or updates, and do a 203K and/or an Energy Efficiency Mortgage. We'll do things like insulation, efficient furnace and water heater, etc. But as far as the appliances I'm not sure. I don't know much about them, and I don't think a big box store is going to be able to do outfit our "special" family very well.
I have 5 children and 3 adults. Most of my choices are balancing the EE aspect with the fact that I fell like we are a small army, and have SO MUCH MORE to ask of our appliances than most families.
Dishwasher: We do dishes all. day. long. Since I saw it on a home improvement show for a large family several years ago, my dream has been to have 2 dishwashers. When you're standing at the sink loading one, you load the second, and you get your dishes done in half the time. They don't take any more resources than one, just the upfront costs of purchasing the second and outfitting the kitchen to accept it, which we can do if we're renovating. However, maybe there are large capacity dishwashers that could do the same job, and possibly be more efficient? I know restaurants have them, but I think they are a whole different setup that I'm not sure you could accomplish in a family kitchen...
Refrigerator: We have never had a big enough fridge. Doesn't seem possible. My kids will clean out our "average sized" fridge in 3 days. I can't and don't want to refill the fridge every 3 days. I want to at least keep 1 week's worth of refrigerated items. Plus, we do TFs and many of the fermented things need to be kept refrigerated, and most of our food is perishable. Pantry space, not so necessary, Fridge necessary. Where can I find a somewhat economical fridge (not a restaurant walk-in) that will fit my family and be EE?
Range and oven: Need more than the typical 4 burners. Because of the TFs I cook almost everything from scratch. I often have all 4 burners going, and a crockpot besides. I'd like the option of having it all on the stove. And the oven just isn't big enough... Also not sure where to find this item, for energy efficiency and frugality, or what else to look for than size.
Washer and dryer: If you think we do a lot of dishes, you should see the laundry. One day's CLOTHES is more than a single load in our current washer. Then the towels, washcloths (we use instead of paper towels), cloth diapers, bedding, etc, we're ALWAYS SOOOOOO behind on laundry. I need a washer and dryer with a VERY large capacity, and SPEED. If I could get 3 loads done, in 30 minutes, I would be walking on clouds! But I don't know anything about HE washers, or what else might help me, but I want to learn.
I think that's it, but if anyone else has ideas for things that would help this large family get things done more efficiently, we'll pay the upfront costs to save us both time and money in the future. TIA