2010 Top Shelf Award Winners
Posted: 03/24/2010 2:10PM
Designers of closet and garage projects are recognized on the following pages as winners and honorable mentions in the fourth annual Top Shelf Awards competition. Winners were announced at an award ceremony during the 2010 Closets and Home Organization Conference and Expo in Long Beach, CA. This year, we had 53 entries and the competition included a new category — home office. Kudos to all, and look for information on how to enter our 2011 competition in the next issue.
CLOSETS also extends its deep appreciation to the three judges for their guidance and donation of time and effort in evaluating all entries. They are: Joyce Hardison, Closet Crafters, Ventura, CA; Angelia York, St. Louis Closet Co., St. Louis, MO; and Denise Butchko, Butchko & Co., Chicago, IL.
OVERALL WINNER: Michael Houghton; Custom Closets, Costa Mesa, CA
Category: Closet — Solid wood or veneer walk-in, more than 18 linear feet
PROJECT: A walk-in wardrobe, with glazed Lily White Lacquer and fully encased in glass, for a prestigious Newport Coast estate.
ENTRANT’S GOALS: The objective was to make the closet the most important space in the home. The homeowners wanted it to be spectacular.
Working with a small space and no plans for expansion, the designer had the daunting challenge of containing the client's extensive wardrobe and fulfilling the “dream” vision at the same time.
Materials used in the project include:
• Solid select maple doors, drawer fronts and applied end panels;
• High-gloss lacquer, color-matched to the client’s elaborate sculptured mouldings throughout the house, then glazed with hand-rubbed highlights, color-matched to the taupe-ish wall color;
• Gloss white melamine for cabinet
• Doors fitted with 1/4-inch thick glass or mirror, which is luxuriously trimmed with 1-1/2-inch-wide bevels
• Drawers include Tandem glides with integrated Blumotion and Blumotion hinge closures; and
• High intensity, Zero-Heat LED lighting installed within all wardrobe interiors.
Because the closet space was narrow (7.3 feet by 16 feet overall), the designer maximized the space by placing the couples’ 250 pairs of shoes on shallow, glass-fronted shelves, which covered the front wall on each side of the entry.
Hanging apparel fills out the remaining three walls, except for the two highboy 7-drawer dressers, which flank a full-length mirror covered cabinet. The upper tier of that cabinet displays an extensive handbag collection.