Thursday, September 15, 2011

One Fancy Pants Closet....DONE!!!

Put a big red DONE stamp on one Closet.

The back finally healed up enough to get what was supposed to be a simple chore done...putting in the closet organization system in the master closet.

Here's what the closet looked like when we bought the house. Just one long shelf and one long closet rod.

Well, its what it looked like filled with my crap...

After much researching on closet systems we decided to go with a custom closet from a place called www.easyclosets.com. They had the best online tool and their prices included shipping which I imagined would be quite substantial for the particle board that their systems are made from.

I signed up with them, did my best to think up a usable design on their website then contacted them so they could tweak my design (free closet design is included with the price). I talked to a Tracey who actually had a couple important points and I feel that she actually added value to the transaction. There factory is all computer controlled and they had my closet pieces cut and shipped out to me via UPS the next day.  The closet is 8' by 4', so not huge, but there is 10' ceilings and I wanted to make sure to take advantage of the height...I choose the nice drawer slides and drawer pulls and the grand total was close to $1400!!! Still at this point I felt like I was getting my moneys worth....(foreshadowing).

The boxes arrived about a week later..VERY heavy-dense packages all at about the limit UPS allows of 60#. Like a sucker I helped the UPS guy carry them in off the truck...and by help I mean I did 80% of it while he twiddled with his hand held computer thingy they always carry. Sure glad my back wasn't hurt when I was doing that...

Somehow I managed to not take a picture of all eight million of the boxes stacked in the entryway...

 But here's a shot of the aftermath...I do have to say the stuff was packed extremely well and there was a LOT of left over cardboard.  I was able to entice a cardboard burglar to come and take all the cardboard off my hand.


Here's the entire closet stacked and ready to be installed.  Once you remove all the packaging it doesn't take up all that much space does it? 


I removed the existing closet stuff...they painted the shelf and wall after they installed the closet stuff...so removing it revealed old paint colors and lots of drywall damage. I also discovered that at one time there was a door way into the area. You can just make out the ghost of it on the left side corner.

I even made some of my own...
Love that granite floor though...
Another awesome thing the PO did was put the baseboard down first and then tile right up against it!! The base was literally entombed in tile and grout...of course I had to remove all of it so that the closet system would fit....

Next I did the worlds worst patch and mud job on the walls...followed by the worlds worst paint job...I know that 90% of the walls are going to be covered but I just couldn't leave them looking like crap...
Speaking of looking like crap..here's my super lame patch job...this was pre paint.

I decided to start on the short wall of the closet...then I noticed this...
Hurray, the broken steam unit is in the way..and there's an outlet there that needs to be accessible...I removed the broken steam unit and carved up the drywall and framing so that that black flex line would run inside the wall and not interfere with the closet vertical on that side.

And Then A Miracle Occurred and the entire closet system was installed without a single hitch...

You have to install these metal tracks that the verticals hook into. You have to make sure they are level and straight even if the wall is wavy. On this short wall here the wall bulges out considerably where they slopped mud over the old door framing...so much so that I could not get the unit to fit on that wall.. Out came the multi master and I shaved down the wall and the shelves in that corner to get it to fit...that was a HUGE PITA!!! I shoulda just spec'd the width as 1" less....live and learn.

Skipping A LOT of steps...here's the drawer unit installed. Looks fine..see how you can still open the drawers with the door open? That was a VERY important design criteria that I had..I didn't want to have to close the door to open the drawers.

Here's a shot of the rest of the closet...
Okay, notice the hanger there...that blue hanger? Notice how it sticks out past the shoe unit? Yep, that's right...the designer didn't leave enough space to make the left side of the unit usable!!!
Arrrrrgh!!! I was super pissed off and couldn't understand how easyclosets.com could let this happen...I talked to the designer who admitted it was her mistake and said they would make it right...well..the only way to make it right is to squeeze down the middle hanging section by 6" to give me the clearance I needed to hang clothes there...that means I would be losing a foot of hanging space...not super happy about that...especially for nearly $1400....

I decided to just move the entire long wall unit down 6"... as you can see here that means that I can't have the door open and open the drawers at the same time...we'll see how annoying that is. The easy closet folks are sending me the parts to shorten the hanging section and I can always do that if having to close the door to open the drawers gets unbearable...

And Now Some Shots Of The Finished Closet


Boy, for a straight, male science nerd I sure do have a lot of clothes don't I??

Hooks!
I put up a ton of 'robe hooks' cause I have the weird habit of wanting to hang up the clothes I'm wearing to air out...like my work out gear and PJ's and what not...

Mirror!
Yep, it doesn't even cover the wall patch...my secret shame...

We've taken to calling it the Bat Closet cause I go in dressed one way and emerge dressed another! Ya, we're dorks...

Break Down on EasyClosets.Com

I don't know how I feel about them...it seems like a lot of money to spend on particle board and melamine stuff...they had good before and after sale service and fixed their F up quickly and at their own cost...but still.... I'm not convinced I got good value from them...

4 comments:

Marley Barley said...

FYI I've used the IKEA Antonius system and loved it. It's inexpensive and flexible because you hang the standards from a fixed horizontal rail and then the standards allow all your shelves and hanging rods to be moved up and down etc. in the future in the event your needs change. We also used the wire baskets in the system which I love because you can see the contents and also things receive air circulation. And it was not expensive. I've been extremely pleased with it. We used it in both the master bedroom closet and the laundry room, and would definitely use it again.

Jessamyn said...

I think I'd reverse the door swing before I'd screw around with the units. Speaking of which, why on earth does the door open into the closet anyway? Closet doors should open out - for this very kind of reason!

The MadScientist said...

marley,
I looked at the IKEA stuff and when you compare apples to apples the ikea stuff didn't end up being a lot cheaper than easyclosets...and the easy closets go to 8' and I don't think the ikea stuff does.

The MadScientist said...

Jessamyn,
I think the door swings that way because if it swung out it would hit the door to the bathroom...though that one shoudl probably swing out too...so I could change the swing on both doors...

It's been a couple of days now and walking into the closet and shutting the door to get changed-pick out clothes hasn't really bothered me...its not exactly spacious in there...