Filed under: Home Build, Real Estate | Tags: Closets, construction, Home Improvement, Home Selling, organization, real estate agent, Realtor, Verona, Wisconsin
When I wrote about building our home, I mentioned we were finishing the closets ourselves. The reason for this was to save some money and to make a better organized space. We didn’t want the standard builder shelf and rod, but we also didn’t want to pay thousands for a custom closet system.
Believe it or not a closet can add value to your home, and help your property sell quicker. We have shown many homes where the closets were stuffed full it’s like an avalanche when opening the door. Every time we see this our clients view it as a lack of storage. A full cluttered closet can make it seem like your home doesn’t have enough space. There are a lot of ways to use your closet space more efficiently such as a double row of hanging, extra shelving, or storage bins. Many types of closet systems are available at the home improvement stores. These can help you with ideas and simplify your work. We chose not to go with a system or kit because we wanted more flexibility in our design.
I am far from a woodworker, but I set out to tackle a from scratch custom closet on my own. Here’s what I did.
Step 1 – Make a Drawing: I am fortunate that I have an engineering background and access to CAD software. So, I actually modeled our closet in 3d before building, but a simple sketch will do. The point is to plan it out, don’t just start cutting shelf boards.
Step 2 – Choose a Material and Method: We went with a fairly cheap prefinished melamine shelf board, and brushed nickle closet rods. I’ve seen stained solid wood in high end closets before, but what’s the point unless your in a million dollar home. I asked a woodworker friend of mine the best way to go about doing this. He said Kreg Joints would be the easiest cleanest attachment method. A standard closet system with hangers and supports can save you some work with figuring out the joints.
Step 3 – Measure and Cut: Start with your supports and build from there. I started withing a shelving unit in the middle of the wall that would eventually carry the end of 4 closet rods. The old saying measure twice cut once is definitely a good one to remember here.
Step 4 – Drill the Joints: In this case I used a Kreg Joint jig that I borrowed from a friend. A Kreg joint is an angled hole made to recess and hide the screws in the board. There are two different sizes on the drill bit, one for the screw hole itself, and one to cut the recess and screw stopping point. This is a really strong easy method of attachment using fasteners that are relatively hidden.
Step 5 – Assemble: Now it’s a mater of putting things together. I completed the supporting shelving unit in the middle first. Second I attached supports to the wall on the opposite end. Lastly I did the closet rods and shelf in between supports.
I’m not quite done with the full project, because I want to build a drying rack next to the washer and dryer in the master closet yet. Although, I’m almost done with the master closet, one spare bedroom done, and the entry closet. I’ve also got the materials for the third bedroom. The total cost was around $550. This was far cheaper than hiring a contractor to do this, and provided lots of organized useful space. Consider upgrading your closets to get the most out of your square footage.
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This week in our home construction more finish work was completed. The interior doors and trim were completed, the bathroom vanities were installed, the columns on the exterior were started, and the front door was changed. The front door originally came from the supplier with white grilles between the panes of glass when it was suppose to be beige. Nothing on the exterior of our house is going to be white so it would have looked rather odd. So they delivered the door with the correct color grills and made the swap this week. We are in the home stretch!
Day 77 – 34 days and counting
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This week the finish work on the interior of our home began. The interior walls were finished with the final sanding, texture, and paint. The painter sprayed the entire interior with one finish color, and we are having our friend Rob at Pickett Precision Painting add a couple touches of color for us. We’ll probably do a little more painting on our own after we move in. However, right now, we were having a hard time making color decisions, and didn’t have time to do much before the trim starts getting installed.
In addition, these week the electrical outlets and switches were hooked up, the fireplace stone was added, and the gutters were installed. We are really looking forward to seeing what the place looks like with cabinetry and trim!
Lastly, we were able to lock interest rates this week. We locked in at 3.75% on a 30 year fixed rate loan! Wow, had you told me rates would be this low 5 years ago, I would have laughed at you. Thanks Ryan at AnchorBank for handling our construction loan (and duplex loans). It’s a great time to buy with low rates and low prices!
On a side note, our neighbors/clients/friends house two doors down is moving along. Their second floor went on this week. Also, our new next door neighbors got a new stamped concrete patio, which looks awesome. I can’t wait for some neighborhood cookouts.
Day 62 – 48 days and counting
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This week in our home build the contractors finished the siding, and drywall hanging. They are now working on mudding and taping the drywall. We talked with the builder about the completion date. He’s a bit ahead of schedule and we’d like to lock interest rates as soon as possible. Right now we are about a week ahead of the original 120 day schedule. The builder was kind of thinking it would be done July 15th, but he gave us a more conservative date of July 20th. Upon completion our lender will need some time to send an inspector and approve the final payout before we can move in. In any case, for purposes of our count down, we are going to count days based on the 20th.
We haven’t yet listed our condo for sale yet, because a friend of ours wants to buy it. However, we ran into a little snag, the association let our FHA financing qualification expire. This pretty much eliminates the 3 most desirable loan programs that were available for our condo; FHA, USDA, and VA. It shouldn’t be a big deal though. We are working with our association, to get the qualification renewed.
Day 55 – 55 days and counting