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    Walk in Closet Fallout

    I just finished a large walk in closet for a client. This is one side of a 16x7 closet. The clients were happy but the general feeling in MY house was one of sorrow. In our old farmhouse we would have to lose a bedroom to gain such a closet and that is unfortunately impossible.

    One drawer handle came in the wrong size, which is why it is missing in the second photo. Sorry for the glare and the sideways photos.
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    So, to assuage feelings I built this. Not quite a walk in but a built in set of Cedar drawers got some smiles. This was done in aromatic cedar to deter moths. Further reading has suggested that it does no such thing, which makes me a bit sad, because the half blind dovetails in the drawer would have been nicer to do in a less brittle wood. Carcase and drawer blades in 3/4 ply, drawer and face frame aromatic cedar.
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    That's a pretty kewel piece...and a great way to add more storage for sure. (Nice work on the client project, too)

    As an aside, when I was doing the initially designs for our home addition back in 2007 which would include a master suite, I knew that we would want and appreciate a large, walk-in closet. But we also wanted lots of windows. The solution was to put the closet literally in the middle of the upstairs space and surround it with the bedroom and master bath. (plus my small office) We were able to keep the farmhouse feel but have the more modern amenities. Of course, this contrasts with the 250 year old portion of our home at the other end where bedrooms had zero closets. For that reason, an armoire I built a number of years ago serves as my older daughter's "closet" much in the manner that your new piece serves for storage in your own home.
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    That sounds like a nice design and use of space to put the closet in the middle. I definitely have some plans in my head for an addition to our place, mostly for closet and bathroom space to be honest. As you know the shoe-horning of bathrooms into a house built before indoor plumbing can be sub-optimal.

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    Yes, there's no plumbing on the living levels of the 250 year old portion of our home and no sewer/septic even in the basement portion...just water supply (well comes in there and hot water system. So things like bathrooms don't occur until the middle section (1950s) starts. I've though about what it would take to put something the older area, but I don't believe it would be possible to get the required slope below the floor to be able to install a waste line.

    The closet-in-the-middle thing came to me one evening when I was faddling with addition ideas in SketchUp and ended up being "the design". The architect (needed for the plans required by building/zoning) didn't have to do much at all with my design other than elegantly merging it with the existing structure so that roof lines made sense and were functional.
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    The shower in the old section of our house (only 130 years) is raised by about 8 inches for just that reason.

    The old section and the 1950's section form an L with that section being only one story and the old section 2. The addition, were I to do it, would put the middle age section in the middle forming a C. So at least the roofline would be easy.

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