Although this was a relatively new home, the builder's original closet space for the master bedroom proved to be inadequate for the homeowners' long term needs. The large room featured four windows on two walls. Unfortunately, the windows on one side were too close to the neighboring home and posed privacy issues. Additionally, the master closet provided by the builder was too small to meet the clothing storage needs of this dual career couple. Closet Works solved both problems with a new wardrobe armoire that spans the length of the wall with the problem windows. The new closet hides the windows while providing needed extra storage for the bedroom. The remaining two windows in the bedroom face the backyard and provide sufficient lighting for the entire room.
This large floor to ceiling custom wardrobe was backed with the same 3/4 inch thick laminate material used on the rest of the closet. A simple moulding treatment was used along the floor and ceiling to trim out the new closet. There are 2 depths to this system, 24 inches deep for the hanging sections and 14 inches for the majority of shelving sections. The 24 inch depth is needed to ensure that the doors will close completely when there are hangers on the clothes rods. Fourteen inches is the optimal depth for shoe shelves — and this couple has a lot of footwear to store. The shallower depth is also good for folded clothing. Folded sweaters and knit tops will not get pushed back and lost in the back of the shelf. Several shelves were kept at the 24 inch depth to allow for the storage of oversize items.
The owners wanted a custom, built-in look with lighting. The new LED closet lighting system presents a beautiful display at night worthy of an art gallery. It also provides task lighting when searching for clothing. Because the closet spans the entire wall, grometted electrical cutouts were included in the backerboard to allow access to the outlets. These power the lights. The electricals for the closet lighting are serviced through a removable access panel in the bottom of one section of closet.