When you walk through the door of a new house, there’s a lot competing for your attention and it all seems important. But here’s a little secret. Any house can be completely customized for your needs. What’s important is finding a house with good bones, serving as a canvas to design the house of your dreams.
The one thing standing between you and that dream house? A plan to keep you focused and some imagination. Read ahead for a complete list of things to look at when buying a house.
There are plenty of resources on the internet to walk you through getting financially, separating your “Nice-To-Have” list from your “Must-Have” list, structural considerations and more. Our guess is that you have probably read them all. What those resources won’t tell you is that no matter the house you tour, there will always be a need to customize your storage options. That’s where we come in.
Take a good hard look at the features of your current home and survey which areas could be more functional with customization. Is your laundry or mudroom a constant pain point? Could you get more use out of your garage? Does your master closet streamline your busy schedule or add to the stress? Most times, you’ll find a house with great bones, but the storage and organizational spaces aren’t exactly what you need. That’s okay! Seeing the potential for customization is actually a silver lining because it offers you the opportunity to create a space that is perfect for your needs, your lifestyle, and your future plans.
You’ve done the pre-planning and now it’s time to start touring potential homes. Here are the spaces that offer up the biggest opportunities to customize your lifestyle—helping you get the most out of your new home.
Your day starts and ends with your closet. Having an efficient custom closet design for all your clothes, shoes and accessories are not only vital for a tidy and organized bedroom, but to get a good start to your day. Digging through overstuffed drawers and trying to track down your second shoe is no way to get into a good headspace as your day begins. Additionally, investing in custom closet organization—with room for everything and everything in its place—makes for a relaxed and calm space to come home to after a long day.
Keep all your clothes, shoes and accessories looking brand new with our thoughtful storage solutions. The Shoe Shrine®, for example, keeps all your shoes together and in perfect condition. The best part? The shelves are totally adjustable to fit boots, heels, and sneakers, allowing organization to evolve as much as your shoe collection. Keep your necklaces and bracelets from becoming a tangled mess with our pull out jewelry dividers. Or choose a sleek, velvet-lined drawer to elevate your décor while offering additional customization when you add velvet or acrylic dividers. Finally, integrate a hamper right into your master closet design and keep your space completely decluttered with a hideaway hamper.
Your bedroom should be a place of personal refuge and peace, free of clutter and piling clothes. We offer numerous tailored solutions. From cabinets and finishes to the type of closet you’re looking for, our custom closets will fit seamlessly into your space, complement your décor, and be right-sized for your needs. Find out more about our custom closets here.
The laundry room is a dynamic space that changes with your household. The more your household grows, the more your laundry loads grow as well. Bulky things like sports uniforms, pet supplies and linens can quickly fill what little space you have. Without a thoughtfully designed laundry room organization solution, the stress can add up too. Investing in a custom laundry room that’s tailored to your life will give you the space you need to get this daily chore done in no time at all.
Our custom laundry room designs offer smart solutions to help keep laundry day stress-free and efficient. Adding shelving, drawers and cabinets can help organize all your essentials like detergents, dryer sheets, and hampers so you can start laundry day prepared. Incorporate hanging rods for clothes that need a little extra time to dry. And finally, a pull-out ironing board is there when you need it, neatly tucked away when you don’t, keeping your favorite clothes neatly pressed and ready to go.
The laundry room is often overlooked, but it’s important that this room is can work as hard as possible for you, no matter the size. The key is designing the right solution, from small-space laundry closets to full-sized laundry rooms. Check out our laundry idea gallery here.
One of the most neglected opportunities for custom storage is the garage. Beyond knowing how much space you’ll need for your vehicle, the garage has excellent potential for building out additional storage. The garage is great for storing sporting equipment, surplus groceries, and home goods while having plenty of room for your tools. Inspired Closets offers different garage storage inspiration to build out the most useful space for your needs.
Durable cabinets are built to withstand the harsher garage temperatures, keeping your belongings in their best condition, while our heavy-duty shelves hold up all your gear and bright interiors finish the look. You can make the most of your space with our customizable slatwall options. Personalized organization allows your needs to grow with you, never holding you back.
Inspired Tip: In addition to storing your vehicles and tools, make the most of this square footage by turning it into a home gym! Having a garage home gym offers benefits of privacy as well as saving you time and money (and you won’t have to fight rush hour traffic to get there). If you’re considering a home gym in your new home plans, check out our guide here.
Even though you cook in the kitchen, the pantry stores all the magic that makes it happen. The most important thing to take note of in the kitchen is storage. Think about how much precious counter space is used by things that should be in the pantry, not to mention how cluttered it can get. Having adequate pantry storage is the key to a tidy kitchen, regardless of counter space. On your home tour, pay attention to how much pantry space there is and how much more functionality you could get out of the kitchen with a little more pantry customization.
Perhaps no room best symbolizes “the little things count” than the kitchen. With so much kitchenware, it can be easy to let it pile up and close the pantry door. What most homeowners don’t realize is that what is just as simple and effective in the long run is organizing it with the right solutions.
Pantry organization is a breeze with our vertical dividers to store items like cutting boards and baking trays. Pull-out pantry drawers and shelves hide those small appliances like your favorite mixer, food processor, or smoothie machine. And of course, stemware storage keeps your fine glassware safely out of the way. All that said, take a minute to envision yourself living in your new kitchen. If you can see the space best serving you, then you’ve found a kitchen with potential. With tailored pantry design options at various price points, you can find your dream pantry solution here.
The entryway bookends your school and workday. As you walk through each front door, imagine that you’re coming home at the end of the day. Take a second to visualize what that looks like for you and compare it to the entryway you’re standing in. What does the space need to make that moment as easy as possible? Chances are, it’s proper entryway storage. Building out your entryway with custom storage (like hooks and cubbies) to keep all your essentials organized and right where you can grab them on your way out saves you time and energy throughout your busy days.
Installing hooks keeps you from looking for your keys, bags, and scarves at the last minute. Our pull-out baskets keep things like mittens, hats and dog toys organized and out of sight. The Shoe Shrine keeps everyone’s go-to footwear right where they need them and protected from being stepped on…or tripped over. An integrated bench gives you a place to sit while getting all your gear on and together before taking on the day.
With an array of entryway organization options, it’s easy to create a custom solution that works for you.
You know that feeling of stepping into a room and everything just feels right? Think about a room that feels fresh and airy. Now imagine that same room feeling warm and cozy. The difference there was lighting, and the same room can be completely transformed by adjusting how it’s incorporated into the space.
Most people don’t think about the effects of lighting, but it’s incredibly important. Poor lighting has been linked to headaches, neck soreness and eye fatigue, whereas, proper lighting is one of the unsung heroes in home design. Having the right lighting paired with your custom organization can significantly improve your mood and energy level by helping you navigate your surroundings and creating a welcoming ambiance any time of day.
Just like organization, lighting is a reflection of how you use a space and can further elevate the spaces you’ve taken the time to curate and customize. With a layered lighting plan from Inspired Closets, we can take your home customization to the next level.
Shopping for a house can be stressful, but with these spaces in mind, you can calm the chaos and see each home’s true potential by customizing your space. Make sure to take as much time as you need to decide on a new home and ask as many questions as you want—the more information you have, the better!
Remember to focus on finding a home with good bones and great structure, and think of cosmetic flaws as opportunities for customization. If needed, ask to visit the house more than once until you’re confident about the layout and changes you plan to make. When you’re ready to personalize your new home, fill out this form on our website for a free Inspired Closets consultation.
Imagine going from your office to the gym in under 10 minutes. Not only is this convenient, but it eliminates the pressure and intimidation that comes with going to your local gym. And that’s why there’s no better way to ensure you meet your fitness goals than to build a gym in your own home! With a home gym setup, you’ll save gas, time, energy, and money. If you have underutilized space in your home, such as the garage, here’s how to get started building a home gym today.
Working from home is here to stay and with it, the need to make your home office as on-trend and organized as the rest of your home. Arguably one of the most important spaces in your home, check out our favorite home office interior design ideas for you to consider as you create a dedicated workspace just for you.
Our promise to you is a custom closet experience from beginning to end that leaves you feeling inspired. Custom means uniquely you, and for us, it’s not about creating a new space, but rather creating a uniquely you custom closet space that you’ll absolutely love. A custom closet that you’ll love for years to come. A closet system you’ll want to tell your best friend about. A custom closet you’ll want to show your sister over FaceTime, if necessary.
How much does a custom closet cost? It’s easily the most frequently asked question and the answer is: It depends – mostly on the size of the space and what we’re putting into that space. When considering a custom closet, the easiest way to think about cost is a simple phrase, “more product = more cost”.
Yes, you can! Designing a closet is a process and we want to make sure that the final design is one you’ll love for years to come, which is why we use proprietary software that allows you to compare different designs with the click of a button. Wondering if you have enough drawers in your design? Swapping out a few shelves and replacing them with drawers is an easy change. Want to see an entire section change from long hang to double hang? Again, our design s...
For closet design and installation time, it all comes down to size. The larger the closet, the more opportunity for customization, and in turn, the more time it might take to design and install your custom closet. So while a reach-in closet can be as fast as half a day to a full day, a walk-in closet typically takes a day or two, and a room-size boutique closet can take three to four days to complete.
Together we will design a space that can change with you over time, and that built-in flexibility is the key. Your custom solution is created uniquely for you, so we make sure we understand your needs from the start and design a space that will take care of those needs now and in the future. We want your final installation to feel like the rest of your home so we make sure to consider your interior design style while making recommendations.
There’s nothing like adding that perfect piece of jewelry or scarf to your outfit to finish the look. And the same is true for your favorite handbag too. So we make finding all those accessories easy. Space-saving jewelry trays are an easy insert in any drawer and they are especially well placed in a custom closet with an island.
No matter how big or small your home is, shoes present an organizational challenge. Most shoe racks, shoe shelves, and closet shoe organizers take a one-size-fits-all approach which can lead to disorganization and frustration. So we work with clients to relieve that frustration by creating closet shoe organization solutions to keep each pair organized.
When you decide to install a custom closet in your home, you are choosing to add a new structure that will be there for years to come. So it’s important to know what your custom closet materials are made of and how to care for them so that they will always have that same fresh look they had on installation day.
Getting and staying organized at home can be a challenge, and it’s even more of an issue when your closets are small. That’s why we asked professional organizer and Inspired Closets Vermont co-owner Elizabeth Warren to share her favorite small closet organization ideas. Here are her tips for how to make the most out of the space you have to create an organized closet you’ll love.
We lay this foundation during your initial design consultation, taking the time to get to know you and evaluate your space. Our proprietary software enables us to offer you a collaborative experience where you can see your design come to life and make changes in real-time so you’ll know exactly what it will look like once it’s installed.
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