My home is a century-old house in the city of St. Louis. Times have changed and space was not as optimized as it is today. You won’t find an open floor plan, but you will find plenty of stained glass windows, oak floors and exquisite metalwork that makes for a charming home, yet I needed more storage space.
I called Richard of Accolade Kitchen and Bath to came out to look at the potential of moving my laundry room from the basement to the 2nd floor. Richard came up with a unique design for my new washer and dryer and built it into a closet and where his plumber was able to connect to an existing water and drain line in a nearby bathroom. He also built out another closet in the under-utilized hallway. I also wanted to optimize my storage and possibly utilize an awkward space that was built out over the stairwell. I am an artist and I needed a better way to store my art when it’s not on exhibit.
Richard suggested cutting a hole in the wall with a pullout tray for easy access. Richard and I designed a system with a custom-made painting rack that fits into the tray so the paintings would stand upright and won’t rub against each other. The rack pulls out, so whenever I choose to sell the house, space could be well utilized by the next family. Richard’s crew framed the French doors with wood trim that matched the existing molding and added mirrors to the doors. The mini closet looks like it was built with the house, but functions more like something designed in the 21st century.
I was delighted with the results. I now have a storage unit that makes it easy and efficient to store my art, but could be customizable and useful for others. I love that my washer and dryer are just around the corner from my bedroom and now I don’t have to go down 2 flights of stairs to do my laundry.
Many older homes have these odd bits of underutilized or wasted storage space. Call Richard Terry of Accolade Kitchen and Bath to talk about optimizing your little crooks and crannies for extra storage.
— Written by client Lindsay O.