Amazing master closet. Don’t those three words just make you smile?!
I don’t know about you, but I prefer all my clothes in the same place, whether hanging or on shelves, or in drawers. No bedroom dresser please! We are going to reallocate currently unused space to build an amazing master closet as one part of our master suite renovation.
CURRENT FLOOR PLAN
We currently have a bedroom that’s bigger than we need it to be. And we have three closets, smaller than we need them to be. If they were all together, it would be fine, but each of the closets are relatively small, and each of them are in a different place in the room. So in the morning I go to this closet to get a shirt off a hanger, then over to this closet to grab a pair of folded pants, and back to this closet for my shoes. Oh, wait, I forgot my socks – gotta go grab those from the dresser over there.
Yikes – the sad thing is, gotta hit all those different closets when putting away the laundry too!
The double doors above is where the first closet is. If you think about entering the bedroom from the door on the right, you’ll have these double doors and first closet immediately on your right as you enter the room.
As you continue into the room, the area in front of the windows is also on your right. While this is supposed to be a seating area, we’ve always just stored stuff while we renovated other space in the house.
The second small closet is also on the right side – which is the front side of the house.
And the last and largest closet is in the bathroom – through the door in the above photo to your right.
So you can see it’s not a great, or even good setup. It’s actually a pretty bad one. But the good thing about a DIY renovation is we get to correct it.
THREE PHASE DIY RENOVATION
The closet will be the first of three parts to this renovation, the bedroom, bathroom, and closet. We’ll use wasted space from the bedroom to build the new (AND YES) amazing closet! After completing the new closet we’ll move everything from the old old bathroom closet to the new one, then we’ll be able to complete the master bedroom renovation, and lastly, the bathroom renovation.
WE HAD TO GET CREATIVE WITH THE LAYOUT
Please watch the previous short video and it will give you a good idea of the current setup of the room and where we plan to build the new closet. You’ll also see that originally we built a “test” wall on the back side of the house instead of the front side. Originally, we felt that was our only option because of the current layout.
It meant, however, that those beautiful windows on the back of the house would be covered up for the closet shelves and hanging space. The windows in the front of the house are always kept closed because of privacy from the road (they’re open in the picture, but we NEVER keep them open).
We lived with that wall up for months and I could just never embrace it. It was just so depressing and sad because the beautiful (and very private) view out back couldn’t be enjoyed. We had to come up with another plan and once we did, tearing down that wall was a joy!
THE NEW SPACE FOR THE CLOSET
After the renovation, the space immediately as you enter the bedroom will be a “master suite foyer” in a sense. You’ll enter the bathroom, bedroom, and closet from this new foyer. While I don’t like wasting space for a foyer, this space can’t be used for anything else anyway and it enables us to move the closet so that less space overall is being wasted.
We’ll add a wall running from just to the right of the window behind the bed straight towards the corner of the wall on your left as you enter. The master closet will take over the area to the right of the new wall including the sitting area, the existing closet and the space connecting the two. The bathroom is on the other side of the existing wall to your left and we’re moving the door to the bathroom to this wall. We’ll also slice out the corner of the bathroom that’s in this photo allowing us to add a doorway to the bedroom, on angle directly across from the doorway to the closet. The doorways to the closet and the bedroom will then both be at an angle facing each other. The doorways to all three master spaces will be located in this small foyer area.
WE ARE VERY EXCITED ABOUT THIS DIY RENOVATION!
Okay, we are very excited about getting this DIY project completed =)
We will do the bulk of the renovation ourselves, maybe hiring out the extensive plumbing depending on our time availability. There are plenty of articles that provide information about the ROI on a master suite renovation so you have to always proceed with caution and consider the cost against your need. Because we will be doing the bulk of the work ourselves, our cost will be far lower than hiring it out so we feel confident if and when we do sell the home we will recoup our value in addition to our enjoyment and use.
I will share pictures and answer questions as we go through the process, so please leave any thoughts or questions in the comments below. I will also share additional photos and videos on my IG account, so please consider following me on social media.
Follow this link for the next update on this master closet project: MASTER CLOSET (PART 2) DESIGN DILEMMA – HOW WE HID OUR CLOSET FROM THE ROAD
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