click image to zoom A three-story closet with built-in elevator; a walk-in closet replaced by his-and-hers dressing lounges (for Yankees Pitcher C.C. Sabathia) were among $100,000 closets profiled in the Wall St. Journal's Mansions.
"It’s an investment, that’s for sure," says Martin Perri, whose San Ramon, CA design firm handled Sabathia's closet, as well as the rest of his house. "Maybe that’s why the new trend in replacing walk-in closets with oversized dressing rooms – complete with lounge furniture, flat screen TVs, bars and music systems – caught the attention of the Wall Street Journal."
One design trend, moving to the minimalist home interior styles - walls of storage cabinetry with clean European lines, sometimes hung on cleat and rail systems - holds planty of storage, and leaves the closet to serve as a generous storehouse with room to manuever, decluttering the rest of the home in the process. Space permitting, an island or upholstered furniture is also included n these dressing room settings.
"Why would you want to buy some big hulking 6-foot-wide piece of furniture when you can put it all in the closet?" Diana Augspurger, past president of the Association of Closets & Storage Professionals, tells the Journal's Candace Jackson.
Featured also in the Journal report are designs by LA Closet Design star Lisa Adams, and from Clos-ette, California Closets, Beverly West, Gary Drake, and is Echo, a condominium development near Miami, that features 300 square foot master closets within the floor plan of some 2,800-square-foot units, a sizeable portion of the total floor space for a condo.
Such high-end closets as well as masterully executed traditional closets, garages, pantries and laundries are among the entrants in Closets Magazine's 201 Top Shelf Awards. The winners will be announced during a gala reception at Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo 2013, in Edison, NJ Feb.27-Mar. 1, 2013.