Preferred size for a walk-in closet?

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Again, I don't care about resale. I'm certainly not going to plan a renovation I expect to live with for at least 35 years based on "resale value". And yes, I could die and leave my HUSBAND all alone tomorrow. The only reason I am asking for opinions is that I want to make sure I have correctly assessed our needs. I really don't want to put anything else in the closet besides hanging clothes, shoes, and out-of-season clothes in bags on shelves. Based on what everyone else puts in their very large closets, I've decided that yes, 8'x10' is more than we need, so we'll stay with that size.
Thanks, everyone, especially Anthony, for their input!
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Sorry about the wife remark, my bad. Statistically it's more likely that you will outlive him. But clearly you had your mind made up before you came here.
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No problem :) I'm 11 years old than he is, so it's a toss-up. Yes, I have very fixed ideas about all aspects of both stages of our renovations, but since it's such a huge amount of money I want to make sure I don't get tunnel vision and miss something. I don't want to end up with something I don't like when I could have designed it "right" the first time. Just wait until the architect sees that I want a double stall shower and NO bathtub in the master bathroom. He'll have a cow!
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Double shower and no tub in a master is not a 'no sale'.
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That's my preference, but the architect we're using is a very earnest young man (ok, he's nearly 40) who seems MUCH more concerned with resale than what the current owners want. He's also very traditional. He is, however, very good, reasonably priced, and his plans ALWAYS get approved by our town building people, who can be a real pain. We've got a bathtub in the one upstairs bath we have now, and in 25 years I don't think anyone has used it. I'm not even sure it has a stopper!
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"jamesgangnc" wrote

As long as the house HAS a tub, correct. Personal preference for master setup there would be one larger shower with opposing wall spigots and temp controls. Lots of fun can be had there (evil grin). Also on a serious note, if they don't like the same temps the dual setup lets them control. JUst have the head adjustable (prefer power massage types myself on a long rope but I'm 50% disabled and it's just flat out easier for some parts of my daily rituals to be able to move the spray head to where I want it than move me to where it hits). Do it right, and you can shift the shower heads when in single person use to hit you from both sides at once while you are glorified standing there in the middle with both sides warm in a cold winter bathroom.
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Exactly my plan.
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Our master has a 6' x 6' shower with a rain head but no wall mounted head. I like the rain head but if I were to design the thing it would have one wall mounted head. It's a PITA to clean, as it is. The master also has a whirlpool tub, that hasn't been used (I woldn't care about a tub in the master, but SWMBO does). There are two more full baths upstairs (and a half down), one in a guest room suite and one outside the third bedroom, with more conventional one-piece fiberglass tub-showers.
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jamesgangnc wrote:

Agreed, as long as there is a tub in the bathroom that services the other bedrooms, usually kids rooms. A house with NO tub is a hard sale to anyone with rug rats, or planning on them.
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"h" wrote

Here's a real one. Make sure one of the 2 (or both if you like) are wheel chair accessable and if this is upstairs area and a new stairwell has to be added, that it meet the specs so a proper ADA lift can later be added to get up there. I gather this is a second story addition? If not done, this may be the one that pushes the house to have to be sold in later years.
I'm slowly working on my house. One thing we watch is how 'accessable' each added thing is. Got a downstairs bathroom with a tub?
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No, it's got a stall shower.
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"h" wrote

I wouldnt worry about it. Do what seems right. I'd kill for a single 8x10 closet here. Heck, I'd be happy for a 2x5 ft one!
More than you need though when adding a second is just useless, especially if it detracts from another room.
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We had a similar design question and wound up at 9' x 12'. The two side walls have clothes rods, one end is sliding drawers on ajustable vertical posts that we got from the Container Store. There were two considerations that we learned while trying to design this area. (1) Don't have clothes rods on adjacent walls -- the corner where the two rods intersect is not very convenient. The pullout drawers make much more sense, and (2) Once you've gotten about 8 feet wide, you don't gain much by increasing the width, because you can't just add another row of clothes rods down the middle. A walkin closet with rods on each side plus one in the middle would have to be about 14' wide. So when you increase the width from 8' to 10 or 12', you're not gaining any real hanging spaace, you're just adding more empty space in the middle of the room.
For the bathroom, think about the idea of having the sinks outside of the bathroom, at one end or side of the bedroom -- especially if you have a fairly large bedroom (ours is 24' x 36'). We first saw this done in the suites at the Burswood Casino outside of Perth, Australia, where it was quite effective, and incorporated it into our redesign.
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I see a lot of closets in my installation business. Newer homes have larger closets. Closets are also sized along with the selling price of the home, bigger = bigger. The latest trend I am seeing on the upper end homes is that most people store all their clothing in the closet. Many of the high end ones have built in drawers and sweater shelves and so on. One could spend almost as much in a master closet as they do on kitchen cabinets. -:)
A 300K plus home should have at least a 10x12 for the MBR. Most newer 200K homes have that as a minimum for the MBR.
Our MB is to the rear of our BR and one walks a short hall to enter it. There is a walk-in closet to the left and right of that hall. Both were built as 6x8 with a bypass door on the center of the 8' span. There is a chase for the chimney out of one taking a 2x2 cut in the corner. I use that one and the wife overflows the larger one. I, personally store nothing in drawers except out of season items. I even hang my tee-shirts. Socks and jockys are in a wire basket. Everything I use on a daily basis is in the closet. I don't do it that way to emulate the bigger homes, I do it that way because I like it that way. For my lifestyle I have more than enough room, but keep in mind that clothes aren't my thing.
Men with lots of suits, suit jackets and shoes or boots would most likely fill it. I see closets larger than both ours that are overflowing with clothes. Depends on the lifestyle of the homeowner.
I realize you don't give a hoot about resale right now but only a fool would completely disregard it. Think about the neighborhood, what type of buyer would buy your remodeled home? Consider the price range. Make an informed choice and do what you want. It is your home.
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I live out in the boonies and can only see most of my neighbors in the winter when there are no leaves. We have tiny 600 sq ft farmhouses and 5000 sq ft McMansions in the mile-and-a-half between my house and the nearest cross street. There are also several other in-home businesses on this road, so it seems to be more about how you intend to use the house rather than its selling price. The McMansions seem to be 4br, 5.5baths, with gobs of wasted "living space", vaulted ceilings, etc. My final living space will be about 3800 sq ft, with 4br, 3.5baths, separate office and huge workspace. My architect says it's really 6br, because the office and the workspace count as bedrooms. Umm, no.
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h wrote:

in our area, if it has a closet, it's a bedroom. you should check with your tax code to see what it is in your area.
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That's generally the distinction, but in my last house it was the other way around. The tax roles defined the number of bedrooms. We had to pay $6K to list our house as three bedroom. The builder apparently had it listed as a two bedroom, though it clearly had three.
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Exactly. Since neither the workspace nor the office will have a closet, neither is a bedroom. The architect doesn't get it.
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When we added a second story onto our house some years back it was a bit larger with a Master Bedroom, Master Batch, Setting/TV area and my homve Office all included. The walking master closet was 14' wide and 14' long. The builders thought it was another bedroom since it was almost as large. The layout was designed for my wife with me as an afterthought. The entrance was sliding mirrored doors wide enough for both sides to be open at the same time. My wife had one side and the entire back while I was allowed to use the other side with some space for suitcases and other stored items. Down the middle of the closet was a built in cabinet four feed wide, eight feet long, and eight feet high. Cieling in closet was 10 feet. The upper clothes racks were high with a motorized canteleaver to bring them down for access. The lower racks were mixed full length and half racks. I put in a seat and full length mirror at the back for my wife who preferred it for most of her use. (In spite of having full length mirror on doors.) The final touch was a huge shoe rack on one side at the back that hid a jewlery safe. I know, it was a huge overkill but my wife loved it. Now about that master bath....
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Yes, yes...keep going... about that master bath...
But before we get off the closet/bedroom thing:
Where does your wife put on her make up? Seated or standing? Illuminated mirror? Provision of water? Presuming she does it at a table or desk. How big? what sort of surface (risk of spilling alcohol, acetone etc)? General lighting: change in color temperature for different scenarios (you match the make up to the destination (beach or party etc) and the lighting has to be compatible
Where does she blow dry her hair?
Where do you shave?
If you answer "in the bathroom" to any of the above you're wasting a very expensive and not too pleasant (smells, moisture) room for something that could be done much more conveniently in your massive closet (with some rearrangement).
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