With new home construction and major remodeling projects booming in growing Hilton Head and Bluffton, SC, HOUSING prices are soaring. Homeowners are sitting tight and considering less expensive ways to stretch their living space. Organizing existing closets and storage spaces has become a top priority. Rather than adding on, home owners are evaluating whether they are fully utilizing the space they already have.
For the Person with Everything and No Place to Put It
Bluffton, SC, is, like most communities, a community of collectors. Americans cannot bear to get rid of anything, so they continue to accumulate “stuff”. The biggest problem is finding room for more while not having enough space for what we already have.
The largest single space for personal belongings is the master closet. The rage in the ‘80s and ‘90s was ventilated wire shelving. The myth was that ventilated meant your clothes would not mildew because air could circulate around the garments. Here in Low Country South Carolina, air conditioning and heating registers are provided in walk-in closets, and two-foot deep reach-in closets enjoy the same circulation as the adjacent, conditioned living space. The big advantage of wire shelving was cost, but while you were counting the savings, your clothes were resembling Ripples potato chips, your first-tier hanging garments touched the floor, and your upper-tier garments overlapped the lower tier.
A truly organized closet needs to be totally adjustable. Both hang-rods and shelving need to accommodate your needs and wants. Some women like to hang dark slacks long, either by the waist or cuffs. This eliminates the dust line which often appears when slacks are folded over the hanger. When a professional closet designer inspects a closet, part of the interview includes questioning the client about his or her needs and wants. Eg., do you hang your golf shirts because you like to, or because there is not adequate shelf space on which to fold them?
When space efficiency is of utmost importance, flexibility in habits can help. A simple example would be a hanging section 24” wide by 40” high. An average height person can hang 16 to 18 shirts in that space. By replacing the hang-rods with three adjustable shelves 24” wide you can stack twin columns of 8-10 shirts high on each shelf and store more than 48 shirts – three times as many in the same space!
It’s 7:00 AM – Do You Know Where Your Shoes Are?
Nothing is more frustrating than finding one shoe and knowing you have another one just like it buried somewhere amongst the closet carnage. An organized closet gets everything off the floor onto a hang-rod or shelf, or inside a drawer or basket. Stop to think how much money you have invested in your current personal wardrobe, then take a look at the closet system that stores this investment.
A Place for Everything, and Everything in its Place
How can you face the day when you are spending half your morning looking for something to wear? Imagine walking into your Bluffton, SC, custom closet first thing in the morning, and all the clothes you own are “standing at attention”. Everything is in plain sight – shoes aren’t missing, and hanging clothes aren’t crushed together. In addition to being fully adjustable, modern melamine closet systems are flexible, expandable, interchangeable and accessible. A series of drilled holes spaced 32mm (1-1/4”) apart allows the owner to readjust or totally rearrange the storage system to meet his or her changing needs.
Closets can be a “Deal Breaker”
For home re-sale, organized closets are the crowning jewel, and many home owners are convinced that closets and storage systems can either make or break the deal. If a woman buyer walks into a small or cluttered closet, she will project her belongings into that closet. If she feels that her stuff could never fit into that space, it’s game over. A Hilton Head closet customer recently told me she sold her house in five days last December, and she’s convinced that her organized closets closed the deal. She moved to Hampton Hall in Bluffton, SC, and had Closet & Cabinet Experts, aka The Closet Specialist, install her new closets in her new house. She stated, “Once you’ve had organized closets you can never go back.”
Local Hilton Head, Bluffton and Beaufort, SC, realtors agree that closets are a top concern for home buyers. Organized closets have become the least expensive room addition. While you appreciate the value of your closets, your closets appreciate the value of your home.
Closet & Cabinet Experts, aka The Closet Specialist, is located at 7601 Waters Avenue in Savannah and offers free in-home consultation and designs. Call 912-691-2626.