A Closet Renovation of Historic Proportions

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A Closet Renovation of Historic Proportions


Jane's Custom ClosetThe goal of this custom closet was to create a new dressing room within a 100-year old home.

The challenges were a combination of a phased installation and some obstacles that included floor-heating mechanics.

I worked with this delightful client through five sets of revisions until we came up with the perfect combination of a nutmeg stained cherry with traditional-style, raised panel fronts, reeded glass and Windsor crown molding.

Jane's Custom Closet IslandThe bases of the closet had to be installed first. Then the granite measurements were taken so a template could be created for the top. Once the granite was put in place, we finished our work with the upper cabinets.

Some sections had to be suspended above the heating elements so we used tabbed cleats behind the backer.

And this all took place while my leg was wrapped in a full length cast from being broken during a simple outside venture to fill my bird feeders.

This all-star client came to my house twice to go over revisions because I wasn’t able to drive! The lesson for me in having the privilege of working on this award winning project with such an award winning client is that you have to be prepared for anything and ready to maximize design space even under unusual circumstances, because sometimes things can be slippery!



Jane VanAlmen - Closet Works DesignerPrior to coming to the closet industry, Jane sold and designed trade show exhibits. That experience provided her with an excellent background for working with her Closet Works clients to develop effective solutions for their closet and storage challenges. Meeting and interacting with many different customers is a true pleasure for her. "The variety of people and projects makes each day a new adventure", says Jane.


Great job Jane! Way to go!
Posted @ Thursday, December 02, 2010 12:51 PM by Carol Kirkland
It's amazing how closets can look so elegant. It's like going into Nordstoms every morning to get dressed.
Posted @ Wednesday, December 08, 2010 5:51 PM by MIke Carson
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