Because there is rarely a basement. I’m a Canuck living in the UK and it hate having the Baby Yoda I’m not short I’m a people Mcnugget vintage 2021 shirtg machine in the kitchen … the kitchen should be for cooking (and potentially eating) – not a place to keep laundry detergent chemicals close to foodstuffs. I suggested once to a friend that maybe they should consider digging out a basement (not the full size of the ground floor, but an alcove of sorts for the laundry & storage) – the shock this caused, it was if I suggested I slaughter cats. English homes are small & cramped. That’s why the machines are in the kitchen .. the toilets/bathrooms are too small to accommodate the machines. This leads me to my other issue – nowhere to charge my electric toothbrush because god forbid my electric toothbrush electrocutes me. Or the light switch is on a string you yank, so you are kept safe from actually touching the outlet.