The clients live on the 48th floor of a 35-year-old Chicago high rise with spectacular views, but limited storage space. The home features separate “his” and “hers” reach-in closets, but the storage was not working for them and couldn’t hold their extensive professional wardrobes. The condo was an extremely tight area to work in without much natural lighting. Both closets were equal in size and built in an odd L-shaped configuration, with hanging on one side and shelves on the other.
There were ceiling variances in both closets. The L-shaped closets were originally covered by two sets of bifold doors. The problem with them was that they had a lot of under-utilized dead space in the corner of the “L,” since the bifold doors tended to block access to the back corner of the closet. We needed to open up that space to increase the storage potential of this home. Additionally, each closet functions both as hallway plus storage space for the bedroom, so appearance was just as important as functionality. The clients wanted to keep the original L-shaped footprint of the closets, hiding all the clothes and maintaining the hallways as a place to display part of their art collection. They just needed the closet spaces to perform better. The main concept for the closet was to make the area brighter and appear larger.