Consider Home Organizers During Construction – Not After.
Most people can agree that organizers and built-ins can make your life easier and your home more functional. But oftentimes, home organization is an after-thought when building your new home. It’s one of those things that people consider an easy ‘add on’ once you have moved in. But the easiest time to build or install home organizers, is during the construction phase. Carpenters, painters and other trades are already on-site and ready to build your dream storage space. If you wait until you have moved in, it really turns your new home into a remodel project. Your basic pole and shelf setup that is installed in most homes will need to be torn out, creating damage to walls. This will result in additional painting and repair work, not to mention all the noise, mess and a multitude of trades showing up at all hours to work on the job. Why go through the hassle? A little extra time spent up-front planning your closet space can reap many rewards down the road.
Where to install organizers and custom built-ins
So which areas of the home should you plan on installing built-in organizers during the construction phase? These would be the areas that provide immediate usefulness once the home is finished, but also the places that are the hardest to change once you have already moved in. These would be:
- Mudroom & laundry
The mudroom/laundry can easily be an afterthought, but, when built right it becomes an important room in your house. Simply put, Webster’s Dictionary describes a mudroom as “a room at an entrance to a house where people can leave wet or dirty shoes and clothing”. But when done right, a mudroom can be so much more. Yes, it is the buffer zone between the indoors and outdoors. Your ‘staging area’ if you will. But rather than just a room where soggy socks happily share space with wooly mittens, you can customize the mudroom exactly to your needs. Create functional space for outerwear and accessories such as jackets, hats, gloves and boots. Jackets can be hung up and out of the way of household traffic. Don’t want visible outerwear? Add a door to hide it away. Baskets are good for bulky items like gloves and hats. Shoes and boots can be displayed on shelves and found at a glance. And while we are talking about shoes – build a seat so taking them off is no longer a master class on balance!
The pantry is an essential part of the kitchen. The basics – a pantry is where you store your food. If set up right, you can store not only canned and dry goods, but also perishables like onions, potatoes and carrots, as well as beverages. But it’s not just about keeping it all in one place; it’s about keeping it organized too, starting with how it is constructed. You would think that just a bunch of shelves would do the job, right? That could not be further from the truth. For example, deep shelves will hold a lot, but almost impossible to find anything with ease. Building shelves for easy access is important. You can also create built-in wine racks, storage bins, spice racks and pull-out shelving. If you have the space, you can also design your pantry to hold many kitchen essentials such as baking pans and small appliances. Whether you entertain, cook, or just like to eat – an organized pantry is a great asset.
Closet organizers put you in control of the mess throughout your entire home. The closet world has moved on. Once upon a time, all closets were built with a ‘shelf and pole’ setup. A shelf and pole is one shelf running the perimeter of the closet with a pole attached to the front side for hanging up clothes. These are basic at best and are not very efficient in storage. Space above and below your clothing is either not used at all, or becomes a gathering spot for shoes, boxes, purses etc.
The good news is that closets are easily managed when organized efficiently. And there is a multitude of options when it comes to organization. It’s not just about having a dedicated space for your twelve scarves – although that is a huge benefit. It’s also about maximizing that space, making it efficient, and getting rid of the clutter. For example, instead of one long pole to hang your clothes, you can install two horizontal poles (double hang) to maximize space for pants and shirts. You can also install mid or long hang poles with shelving above and/or below. The extra shelving adds storage space to the same wall and wire baskets and drawers can be added depending upon your needs. Organize your closet even further with built-in shoe racks, purse organizers, benches, jewelry drawers, and hat shelves.
Of course when building your home, the custom features you add will depend on your needs. With closets, you will want to consider the size as well as the built-in features. If your home is a second home, the need for organized closets may be limited. Your length of stay may be limited to weekends, or seasonally. However, if you plan to eventually make your second home your full time residence, it’s best to plan for future use. Advanced planning now will eliminate remodel frustration down the road. In either scenario, the efficient closet remains important.
Maximize your space now and eliminate remodeling later.
Your closets, pantry, and mudroom are the main areas for built-in organizers. They are used every day and having built-in organizers adds greatly to your modern living experience. Those rooms are also the most difficult to remodel after you have already moved in. Do you really want tradesmen walking through your new home to work on a closet? How about all the construction dust that will take forever to clean? Not to mention relocating all your clothes so the work can be done. The pantry is a critical part of the kitchen. Remove it from use and it’ll make entertaining and cooking more challenging. Relocating your dry goods, canned goods, condiments, baking pans, and small appliances, to a usable spot can crowd other areas of the house. The mudroom is the transition area from inside to outside the home. Blocking that area while remodeling can be a real annoyance. Custom organizers built-in during the construction phase maximizes your space for moving in and keeps it that way.
Fraser Valley Construction is a custom home builder of single family homes in Grand County, Colorado. Call us today to discuss your new home construction at 970-531-2376.