One of my greatest challenges as a designer is how to make the best use of the funds my clients have available for any given project. What’s the best way to slice up the pie to get the most value?
This is especially true when it comes to cabinetry. It doesn’t make a lot of sense to spend thousands of dollars on custom cabinetry when we can buy stock cabinets and then build them in to achieve a custom look.
Recently I had the opportunity to work with a wonderful couple building a “custom” closet for the master bedroom in their 1940’s mid-town Toronto home.
Being an older home, the closet space was limited and storage was a big issue, especially for the husband who had all of his clothing spread out in closets all over the house. Wandering from room to room to get dressed for work every morning was a huge waste of time and energy.
The plan was to take advantage of a large empty space in the master bedroom and by using the Pax system from Ikea, build him a custom closet that would look like it was part of the house and not just a couple of wardrobes set in place.
We began by removing the baseboards so the units could be mounted flush to the walls.
The next step was to build a base from 1″ X 10″ pine ripped down to 7 1/2″ to ensure the far right door would clear the radiator controls.
This was not without it’s challenges. As is often the case with older homes, the floor was not even close to being level and in fact was out by over 3/4″ from one end to the other. After much time and lots of shims, we were able to mount the two wardrobe units onto the base and then add a filler piece between the closet and the ceiling.
Next came the task of re-installing the baseboards around the unit and adding some crown moulding to the top. Then, lots of caulking and fill and a few coats of white paint.
Now we were ready to complete the insides of the two units.
The beauty of the Pax system is how easilly it can be customized to suit your individual needs. In this case, we needed drawers, shelves, shoe storage and hangers for pants, jackets, shirts, ties and belts.
Finally, we installed the doors, mounted the tie and belt racks to the back sides of two of them and instalied some beautiful decorative knobs.
And there you have it. A beautiful custom closet made from stock Ikea Pax wardrobes built to look as though it’s always been there.
The clients are thrilled with the results and the husband is so happy to finally have all of his clothing organized in one place and this now also frees up space elsewhere in the house. A nice bonus.