Building a platform
I am going to buy a front loading washer and dryer sometime soon (don't know which yet, still doing the research). I would like to build my own platform because I want something higher than the pedestals that come with most machines.
It will be over-engineered to provide for maximum support, and I was thinking of bolting it to the studs in my walls, plus extra supports for legs, plus lots of "joists" under the washer. All of this will be in my basement with a level concrete floor, and a drain right under the area now, in a little cubby area (walls on 3 sides) that is just about 7 inches wider than my current washer and dryer.
But I'm concerned about ease of repairs if needed. If a repairman needs to come out, how the heck will he get access to the units without having to lift them down to the floor?
I considered making a moveable platform without bolting it to the wall studs, but how sturdy will that be? Has anyone made a moveable platform that is still really really stable? Should I stop worrying about accessibility and build it the way I want, and cross that bridge when the repairman has to come out? Any other ideas?