The Closet That Never Was

by Josh on April 23, 2009 · 5 comments

in Bedroom,Ideas,Projects

With the framing work in the south upstairs bedroom complete, I have turned my attention to clearing debris and preparing for electical work.  

Recently I cleared the fiberglass batts and blown cellulose from an area just off the living space that looks like it was designed to be a closet.  I already knew the framing was mostly in place for this to have been a closet, but as I brushed away the cellulose insulation I found subfloor boards identical to those in the other closets, too.  

Unused closet space

It looks like the only reason this space was never finished as a closet is because the builder chose to have the vent pipe for the kitchen sink protrude right in the middle of it.  A kitchen remodel some time in the past moved the sink to a different wall, so this vent pipe isn’t used any longer.  There really is no reason I couldn’t remove the pipe section above the subfloor and make this space completely open and useable.  

Potential uses I have considered for the space include:

  • Closet for this bedroom.  This would allow the old closet on the other side of the room to be claimed by its neighboring master bedroom closet to create a very large (though awkwardly shaped) walk-in master closet.
  • Utility space for future air conditioning unit.  We got bids last summer from for a high-velocity a/c system but decided we didn’t have the budget for it right now.  It could be an option down the road, though.
  • Utility space for future upper level laundry.  If we didn’t put the a/c in this space, I have considered installing a laundry set here that would be accessible from the upstairs hall to avoid carrying laundry up and down two flights of stairs.
  • Secret room.  The most frivolous use, this would not serve as a closet per se, but simply a small bonus space hidden behind a bookcase door.  I have given up this idea because I concluded my son will get good enough at hiding things from his parents without me providing him a built-in stash room.

As you can also see in the photo above, there is some staining on the floor from water infiltration at some point.  I haven’t seen any evidence of wetness in the kitchen ceiling below, so I think this issue is probably history though I’ll give it another look during the next heavy rain.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Jason April 23, 2009 at 12:42 pm

Secret room! Secret room! If I can show my wife how awesome it is in someone else’s house first, maybe that’ll nudge her in my direction about *our* useless closet.

Reply April 23, 2009 at 3:00 pm

I would pick option #3… a secret room to store all your valuables 🙂 🙂 🙂 But of course tell everyone here it will be a laundry room.


Will April 23, 2009 at 3:20 pm

My vote is for one of these:

We’ve been thinking of one that would lead to a storage space in the new bathroom addition. It’s an awkward space, so this might be a good solution.


Josh April 23, 2009 at 10:53 pm

Wow, so the secret room is popular! I guess I’m not surprised. I may have to give that a bit more thought, though I don’t know how I could give one child a bedroom with a secret room and leave the other without. Ms. Bungalow just let me know she really likes the bigger master closet idea. The deliberation continues…


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