So we build a new house. A house we love because we have very few walls and a totally open floor plan. But along with an open floor plan we discover we have no privacy in the main living area of the house, When someone comes to the front door they can see straight through to the kitchen, the dining table, and the living room. Also, there is no closet at the front door, no storage, no place for coats, shoes, briefcases, backpacks, and all the other paraphenalia that gets dropped at the front door each day. There’s plenty of room in the space to put in a closet so we just put in the biggest closet that fits with space for a little corner desk on the kitchen side (yes, that project will be in here – it’s under the title of “corner desk”).
One problem from the start was that the room had a cathedral ceiling and I wanted the walls of the closet to go all the way up to the ceiling. ALSO, as the ceiling sloped down towards the front door the wall with the closet door in it was going to be at a 45 degree angle. Ahhhhh… compound angles are so much fun. We cut out the sheetrock where the wall was going because we KNEW we were going to have to provide blocking between the joists up in the attic for the top plate of the walls. This cut out area actually allowed us to breathe while we were in the attic putting in the blocking because it was summertime and it was a sauna up there. [wpcol_1half id="" class="" style=""]Another thing you can see in this picture is that 45 degree walls don’t go up designed to take sheetrock on the corners. There is a space where you would want to nail. So I ripped wedges on the tablesaw and screwed them into the void to have a nailing surface. (I use the term “nail” loosely here as I’ve never built anything in my life with nails and never will. Building with screws gives you options and I personally feel it’s more durable.)[/wpcol_1half][wpcol_1half_end id=""class=""style=""]
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I did consider, but only for a minute, having the ceiling of the closet go all the way up to the cathedral ceiling but decided it would make great storage for stuff you don’t need access to very often. So we put a ceiling in the closet and framed a floor in. You can see from the picture that it ended about 3 feet from the end wall so you could actually access it from the inside of the closet.
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The inside of the closet was finished out on the top level also with a fluorescent light on the wall and it’s own switch. I trimmed out the 2″ X 4″ with a painted 1″ X 4″. Additionally, so we could throw luggage and what-not up there, we used the carpet piece cut from the floor of the closet to cover the floor of the upper storage area. It fit like a charm.[/wpcol_1half]
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