A Historic Closet Design for Temora Farm – This Ol’ Farmhouse
It is not often we get the opportunity to work with a historic home. When we do, we enjoy the opportunity and challenge to customize solutions that keep the integrity and style of the home intact, while providing the functional elements that the client is looking for. This featured story spotlights Temora Farm located in Bucks County, PA which has a long history as an elegant manor house. The initial building structure dates back to 1750 and is furnished with 100% antiques from the 18th and 19th centuries. The beautifully-kept stone farmhouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Because homes of this age were designed with other needs in mind, there is an increased demand for efficient and organized closet spaces. In this homeowners’ case, they needed to spread wardrobe items out throughout the home and in various closets and rooms. As a result, locating clothing and accessories had become a challenge. A good amount of time was being wasted searching for items. That is when Craig and Helen decided to reach out to our Designer, Gaye, for a more efficient solution and to get on a better path to organization.
There were several structural and decorative features such as ornate moldings and a fireplace mantle, which had to be accommodated into the closet design. After exploring numerous options, the decision was made to convert an additional bedroom into a walk-in closet and it’s connected closet into a dedicated shoe closet. Ruby Planked Maple was used to match the finish of the antique furniture already in place in the room. An existing mantle was incorporated into a hanging area for slacks and a cupboard was used for sweaters and blouses.
“Gaye worried about every little detail and did a great job of utilizing the space while saving all of the features.”
An enclosed cabinet was designed to hold a book collection. The center island below an era-specific chandelier has a built-in bench, additional shoe storage and includes a custom jewelry drawer. Craig knew that his wife Helen would have a new organizational preference for her wardrobe items after the project was complete. She organized both her more formal attire and casual wear by color and length.
“Gaye thought of everything as if she were the person using the closet.”
Our experienced Designers have many years in the industry and listen to our client’s specific needs no matter the age, size or challenging layout. We customize solutions which simplify your life and make everyday tasks easier and more efficient. Reach out to us for a free consultation to learn more about all the available options.