I have a house in Northern Virginia built in the mid-1980s. PEX plumbing throughout. The exterior walls are 2x4.
In my laundry room, the washing machine backs up against an exterior wall. The plumber ran the water lines and drain pipe in front of the drywall because he said putting it into the exterior wall was not a good idea.
We are currently remodeling our laundry room and I want to shift the washing machine to the right, and install new base cabinetry.
The problems are:
with the current setup, my washing machine is about 5-6" away from the wall, taking up precious floor space, how could I move it back? and
how can I install a base cabinet (plus a new countertop) when I have two PEX water lines and a drain pipe in front of the drywall?
Could I wrap the pipes with insulation and put the outlet box/plumbing into the wall?
Or should I build some kind of box out of plywood to cover the open plumbing and just notch out my base cabinet/notch out the new countertop to hide it?