I lived in Franklin all of freshmen year so while you’ll have to bug house-chair Jason about current house dynamics I can speak to my experiences.
Franklin is lovely. It’s quiet, clean, and low-key. Some of my favorite Franklin memories include reading Political Science papers by the fire, chatting with the house keeper Karen, pancake breakfasts on Saturday mornings, joking about using the house budget to buy shower radios (I still think it’s a good idea) and making big house dinners at the end of term. Even though I moved off campus last fall Franklin still feels like my on-campus home. The common room is a great place to study and the garden out back equally pleasant. I’m not sure what’s on the menu for this term (my friend Kione and I usually head up the house dinner planning) but here’s a picture of the festivities last year.
The Barnes and Woo houses all have washers and dryers. The Colonial houses don’t, but Commons has a pretty big laundry room, and it’s super convenient to throw your clothes in the washer, grab dinner upstairs in the Dining Hall, and then come back downstairs in time to put them in the dryer. You’re free to use quarters, but you can also load money onto your Bennington Card to use instead, much like a debit card.