When dealing with historic remodels or homes built before the 1950’s, there are many things to consider and headaches that can arise. One of most important considerations when dealing with historic homes that is often overlooked is storage. Many houses built in the late 19th century or early twentieth century had either small closets or no closets at all. People back then tended to store things in wardrobes, trunks, or dressers. Things that could be moved and taken with them more easily. Needless to say this lack of dedicated storage isn’t very compatible with our more permanent modern lifestyles.
One of our latest clients had purchased her childhood home in the town of Taylor Falls and has been remodeling it with her husband for the past few years. The home was built in the late 1800’s by her great grandfather and had been in the family until the 1970’s when it was sold by her parents. When the man who bought the home from her parents contacted her that he was planning on selling the home she jumped at the chance.
The home needed a lot of love and walls had to be taken down to the studs. Because the home was built in the 1800’s there were no closets in the bedroom. In the room that was to be the master bedroom it was decided to create a wall to wall wardrobe unit that would be covered by doors. Shaker door and drawer fronts were used to match the farmhouse style of the rest of the room. The cabinets were made 24 inches deep so hanging clothes could fit comfortably and be concealed by the doors.