“In the latest issue of the Houston Press, on stands now, Nicholas L. Hall meticulously examines and enjoys the customized burgers at The Burger Guys. “Take, for example, the Sonoma. A purist's burger, it's the type of classic, straightforward offering that could be easily overlooked on a menu such as this. For all the exotic allure of the other offerings, it's very tough to trump the impeccable put-together-ness of this burger. Everything works exactly as it should, like some sort of golden ratio of burger perfection," he writes about the burger topped with peppery arugula, avocado, bacon and cheddar.”
Gourmet/Custom Burger vs. Simple/Franchise Burger
Like burgers joints, closet companies come in all shapes and sizes. You have your franchise burger – McDonalds – standard, ordinary, fast-food, lackluster, bland, but with name recognition. Then, you have your local, REAL burger guys – passionate about their meat and their toppings. Like in the burger industry, an independent closet company is owned by people who live in the community and are committed to investing in its future. Local business owners and employees often possess a level of expertise and a passion for the product they sell that is unmatched by employees and managers of national chains. They tend to have a greater interest in getting to know their customers – who are after all, also their neighbors. Simply put, local owners take a special pride in their trade. Buying local from locally–owned and operated independent businesses and not from big box stores, chains and franchises keeps more money circulating in our community. Franchises move their profits to another state or locality via royalties paid by the franchise to their corporate office. A marketplace of small local businesses helps to ensure more innovation and competition and lower prices over the long term.
When you are choosing your closet company – consider these factors. You CAN get a gourmet-type burger from McDonalds or Jack in the Box, but it is an attempt at “gourmet” – not the REAL customized, authentic burger perfection. A higher- quality, better burger is as diverse and nuanced as a fine wine. The variations of burger combinations and flavor pairings, creative inspiration and the subconscious delight are what make a true gourmet burger. So, when you are in the market for a custom-designed closet -look at the franchises – what they have to offer, then buy at your local, independent business such as Texas Custom Closets. You will be glad that you did! A “gourmet, customized” closet suited to YOU will allow you to feel more in control as you can create your combination of “condiments, cheeses, toppings and even buns”. Why go franchise when you can go customized? Don’t settle for a “McDonald’s” closet when you can get one from ‘The Burger Guys”. They may not be as well known, but they are owned and operated by people who have a vested interest in the success of your neighborhood. “At their best, Burger Guys' burgers live in both worlds — the studiousness of sandwich construction, the atavistic thrill of a burger.” You two can have both worlds – the passionate design of a closet custom designed for you AND an atavistic thrill of a truly organized closet – buy local, buy customized - call Texas Custom Closets today!
Did you know - "When your environment is cluttered, the chaos restricts your ability to focus. The clutter also limits your brain’s ability to process information. Clutter makes you distracted and unable to process information as well as you do in an uncluttered, organized, and serene environment," states author Erin Doland. "The clutter competes for your attention in the same way a toddler might stand next to you annoyingly repeating, “candy, candy, candy, candy, I want candy, candy, candy, candy, candy, candy, candy, candy, candy, candy …” Even though you might be able to focus a little, you’re still aware that a screaming toddler is also vying for your attention. The annoyance also wears down your mental resources and you’re more likely to become frustrated." Being organized is extremely important in having a stress free life. There are many advantages to being organized that include reduced stress, saving time, and working more efficiently. Being organized will help you to reach your goals in life and become an extremely successful person. Without organization your life will be chaotic and your days will be full of stress from day to day. Make your life easier for yourself by taking some time to get organized!
The kitchen inevitably is like "mission control" in the home. People tend to congregate in the kitchen. Guess what else congregates in the kitchen? It is time to "Purge, Evaluate and Organize." It is better to take a little extra time to get your kitchen organized then to rush through it. You will enjoy your "new" kitchen more if you take the time needed. Replacing your old kitchen cabinets is an extensive home improvement project that adds tremendous value to your home. Kitchen cabinets are an important element to your home. One of the vexations of modern mass merchandising, even in the better home improvement stores, is finding a real person who genuinely knows the answer to your question, from first-hand experience. At Texas Custom Closets, you can "ask the expert" when we are installing our own work. You can talk to us about your needs. We may not have the "lights, bells, and whistles" you get in a larger store, but you'll get a free estimate, and a working relationship with a person experienced in his field.
Every busy family household eventually finds itself with kitchen cabinets and pantries filled with clutter. Not only does the clutter make it difficult to find items that are needed on a daily basis, it also contributes to a drain on the family budget by spurring the expensive habit of buying items that are already in the house, but covered and hidden by the clutter. You NEED an organized kitchen!
One of the most disorganized places in the home is the master bedroom closet. Imagine how nice it would be to have a neatly organized closet where everything had its own place. You would always know where to look to find what you needed. Instead of spending 20 minutes digging around in your cluttered closet looking for something to wear, you could find the same outfit in a matter of a few seconds in a nicely organized closet. Aside from the time savings, having an organized closet can also bring a sense of tranquility. Opening a closet and finding a big cluttered mess can cause stress. Even when the closet door is closed you still know in the back of your mind that the mess is in there, so it can subconsciously cause you to feel stressed and guilty. A clean closet with the perfect closet organizer, however, can actually be relaxing to look at. When you open the door to the closet you don't get that same sinking feeling, and when the door is closed you know that there is no clutter lurking behind it. Organizing your closet will certainly give you additional space, but it was also make for a visually appealing end result. You NEED an organized closet!
Your garage may not be the most gorgeous place in your home because it is used for storage and vehicles. But you can make it a more convenient place to find things. With a little help you should be able to find anything that you need very quickly. Although organizing your garage would be an overwhelming chore to undertake, do you realize how much space you could potentially free? Determine the scope of your garage organization project. How much stuff are you trying to store in your garage? Does all of it belong there or are there other places that you can store those things? Get specific with what your needs are. The more specific you are with what you are looking for, the more likely that we will be able to fit your needs and your space. By using the walls, ceiling, crawl spaces and narrow corners, you can maximize your use of space. Whether you use your garage for your vehicle or for storage, you can make yours work. It takes some time and effort, but it is all worth it. An organized garage can make a huge difference for you and your family and it is well worth the effort. We can make garage-specific storage solutions for everything you might have in your garage, all color-coordinated for a consistent look and theme. You can have a custom garage solution designed just for you and your stuff. Garages are central to many of our lives: storage of our stuff, protection for our cars, places to get ready to leave, and the first place we often go to when returning home. Garages with simple custom touches that are clean, well-lit and organized also sell better and increase a home's value. You NEED an organized garage!
Organizing your life will help ensure that things run more smoothly in your home.
I recently toured some lovely custom homes on the Austin ATX Tour of Homes. These homes were priced up to the millions and looked it! The grandeur - at least four bedrooms, an oversized chef's kitchen with commercial appliances, vaulted or barrel ceilings, durango doors, etc. With the million dollar house, the dollars are in the details. It's those little extras that mount up...and up...and up. Scott Bates of Ceci-Bates Homes explained, "Using cast iron on the exterior or interior, using high end finishing and trim, a lot of trim detail, special finishes on the walls, such as textured walls that are done by hand by an artisan, all of these things add to the cost." These homes boast custom cabinetry, top of the line sinks and faucets, custom showers and tubs with an air bubble massage feature (the Jacuzzi is passe'!) Basically, from top to bottom, the million dollar house is a step, or two or three or even more, above the place most folks hang their hat and call home EXCEPT FOR THEIR CLOSETS!
NOT a custom closet!
I couldn't believe that this detail was overlooked in most million dollar homes. The closets were shoddy with just poles and shelves - some of which were unreachable and inaccessable. Even the workmanship in the closets were bad with unfinished edges and a poor design. Custom Home Builders need to take heed! Custom Closets are NOT a trend but a NECESSITY! They improve the efficiency of space and can range from simple and structured, to lavish and luxurious. A custom closet improves the aesthetic appeal of the closet which allows the homeowner to see it and treat it as another room in the home, rather than just cramped space. Realtors believe that by adding more usable space, it will increase the home's resale value.
THIS is more like it!
A custom home should NOT have an outdated closet. It should have a closet that reflects the decor and color scheme that is present in the larger room surrounding it. It should include pullout drawers to store folded clothes, shoe racks or shelves and tiered hanging bars for clothing. Mirror and specialty lighting can be incorporated to make the space more inviting and user-friendly.
Adding the DETAILS!
If a custom home is all about the details, then buyers need to check out the closets and make sure that they aren't an afterthought. They should be detailed oriented as well and not look like those in a track home! That would be a huge disappointment for the home buyer.
According to a recent article written by real estate expert, Brendan De Simone for Forbes, custom closets now top the list of essentials for new home buyers. So, custom home builders please listen to your consumers and don't forget the details of the closet. In today's day and age, custom closets are a necessity, not a luxury.
Ahhh! Pinterest! It has consumed our lives! It is an addicting past-time and we love it! But why? What is the allure? First and foremost, Pinterest has captured the idea that a picture says a thousand words. Images are powerful – they give us information and evoke emotion. They can be a motivational source. You can literally get lost in the experience! The Pinterest’s idea boards give you a palette on which to create your art- disparate ideas coming together to create something new. Neuroscientists have shown that visualization can be a powerful tool in helping to create your future. So, this brainless browsing may lead to something productive!
With so many amazing ideas and beautiful imagery it is hard to NOT be inspired. We are hard-wired to process visuals 60,000 times faster than we are able to process text. This is great for organization and for developing a sense of your personal view of “the good life”. Pinterest is “future – based” – it gives you a sense of expanding beyond your present state and an awareness and direction for your future. It is a visual hook!
Pinterest is a great place to organize what you would do, what you would buy if you could…..So enough “said” – let's have a “Pinterest” experience to help inspire you to GET ORGANIZED – in your home, office, garage, pantry, kitchen, closets….Browse, see, sense, enjoy and then call Texas Custom Closets to make your dream a reality. We can “tone” down the images and make them available and affordable. Your dreams can come true!
In every room of your house, there is always a better way to maximize the space. For some areas, it may be as simple as decluttering or throwing away unneeded items. You may wonder where space is hiding in your home. It can be in your walls- think about creating a niche for shelves or cabinets. It can be over your washer/dryer, or under your stairs. It can be a blank wall that is crying for built-ins. It can be high near the ceiling, or that small corner in your kitchen. Here are 10 things you can’t live without if you want to optimize space in your home-
Wall Storage: One strategy that can be done to optimize storage space is a cabinet in the wall with full height from floor to ceiling. With this vertical approach, the use of space will have more leverage. Also, use open and closed shelving to remove bookshelves, and storage furniture units off of the floor and on to the walls. Take full advantage of wall space when you have a small area to work with. Install hooks for hanging jackets and coats, and shelving or cubbies to hold baskets for dog leashes, wet backpacks, and storing your umbrella. Another option is the wardrobe wall – a custom built-in wardrobe.
A Murphy Bed: These beds pull out from the wall and provide full floor access when the bed is hidden in the wall. Modern Murphy beds, when closed inside the wall, can house a foldout desk on the other side.
tilization of ALL Space: Have a hall closet that stores winter coats? Take seasonal and seldom worn formal wear and put in a hall closet. Hall closets are a great option because they are rarely used and opened on a regular basis. Awkward nooks and crannies in a home are an opportunity to customize space to your particular needs. You can make a cramped corner into a cozy reading nook, an office desk or a decorative display. Depending on the elements of the space, you can maximize it for anything from privacy to storage or just some additional interest in your home.
A Functional Entryway: Paint your entryway a bold color. It conveys a sense of who you are and what you like – first impression. Mudrooms don’t have to be a “room”. It can be an area that you designate for your outdoor gear. It’s also a good place to put keys, wallets, and purses that you always forget running late to work in the morning!
Maximized Kitchen Space: If you are struggling to find more space in your small kitchen, look up, hanging storage may be your solution. From hanging pot racks and stemware racks to modern shelving suspended from cable, hanging storage takes advantage of space that would normally be left open. Hanging storage also helps you have easy access to pots and pans, at a moment’s reach.
Great Lighting: Use enough light in your kitchen for it to be seen. It will help your kitchen to look wider. Lack of light makes the kitchen seem cramped. The best way is to add windows. The bright kitchen will be more comfortable and healthy. Pendant or hanging lighting helps a ceiling seem lower, while uplighting heightens the feel of a ceiling. Use accent lighting for art, as well as lamp lighting to add warmth to a dark, narrow or small area.
Optimization of the Area Under the Stairs: We often neglect the existence of the area under the stairs. This area usually isn’t large, so we should optimize it in order for it to be functional. By making a custom cabinet adapted to the area, you will get additional storage.
Storage Accessories: One way you can optimize space is with storage accessories. By utilizing accessories throughout your home you are able to free up additional space you didn’t know you had. For closets, dressing room and laundry rooms utilize accommodating cabinetry options such as pull-out basket units, fold-out ironing boards, custom drawer separators and hooks for additional storage. Not only will adding accessories to your storage solutions help you optimize space, it will make your storage even more customized.
As we contemplate our home improvement/organizational plans, we come across thousands of articles, blogs, books, etc. to offer us advice. But sometimes we just want to "look", thus the power of pinterest. We spend hours just "browsing" and pinning the pictures that we like the best on our wall. Here are a few pictures to peruse as you walk on your path to home organizational bliss. A picture is worth a thousand words.....
Custom closets and cabinets help with organization and a neat appearance. They give your home that “custom” look!
Shelving and more shelving gives you a closet that expands with your wardrobe.
Added touches like a spiral clothes hanger or a Lazy shoe-zen add “bling” to your organizational endeavors.
Organized spices and new cabinets give your kitchen a homey and welcoming touch.
Custom shelving and drawers gives a pantry a finished, complete look and makes for easy accessibility of products.
A Murphy bed folds down for those happy guests and gives comfort AND space.
Overhead storage in the garage is a must for those seasonal items – camping, Christmas decorations, etc
New cabinets and awesome lighting add to the attractiveness of any kitchen.
Now that your picture walk is complete - Give Texas Custom Closets a call to help with ALL your organizational needs - from closets, to kitchens, to pantries, to garages, etc. Our state of the art manufacturing plant in New Braunfels is big enough to meet all your needs and small enough to give you that personal touch. Call us today for a free estimate!
In the Living Room
Custom cabinets can give your room a boost in function by having specific storage duties. Cabinets can provide space for serving pieces, glassware and china as well as table linens and tablecloths. Shelving can display mementos and artwork. Cabinets can create built-in niches that offer hideaway space for personal items. Everyone needs space to stash AND show-off their possessions. A hidden compartment for blankets and pillows gives your room functionality and form. Built-in drawers can keep remote controls, take-out menus and extra batteries close at hand. A built-in armoire can house your stereo and media equipment.
In the Kitchen
Custom cabinets can give you lots of savvy new storage and expand your kitchen. Storage enhancements hide behind closed doors, such as convenient slide-out trays in lower cabinets and a recycling center tucked under the counter. Open shelves can house cookbooks and /or wine bottles and glassware. Closed storage can hold linens, liquor and barware. Less stress, better results. That’s what you get when you plan kitchen storage to save steps and maximize efficiency.
In the Bedroom
With a little strategic thinking, you can restore order in your bedroom leaving you calm and ready to face the day. Careful planning and custom cabinetry can optimize every square foot. Built-in wardrobes featuring hanging rods, hooks, cedar-lined drawers, pull-out bins, etc. can add function without taking up too much space. Pull-down rods, interior drawers and organizers optimize outfits. A strategic closet layout balances open shelving, hanging space and closed storage.
In the Laundry Room
Custom cabinets can conceal a bevy of utility room extras including cleaning products, sewing supplies, recycling containers, etc. Find storage space you didn’t know you had by using slivers of space creatively. It is to your advantage to have built-ins – a cabinet with open shelving on top for display items and closed shelving below for stuff you don’t want others to see. You can create that extra level of practical storage and display space in every room.
An organized storage system is a must to help organize our lives and the things around us. Call Texas Custom Closets today for all your storage solutions. We can double your closet storage and maximize your cabinet space!
In this recent economy of falling home values and an unstable housing market, it pays to reassess your home and keep it at its highest value. This not only benefits you, the homeowner, but the future of your home – potential buyers down the line. Here are some easy tips to implement and enjoy!
Closets , Closets, Closets– The More the Better
At the top of ALL buyers’ lists is always storage. The more you can provide, the more value you add to your home. A shelf with a rod is not a practical closet in today’s market. Just like a custom kitchen, a custom closet is a must. Closets need to be fully functioning and hold many belongings. Storage is one of the easiest and often overlooked suggestions. Nooks and crannies, laundry rooms and built-ins all add additional storage. But designer closets with varying shelf heights, pull-down rods, and accessory drawers give your home an advantage. You add additional space to your footprint that is organized and efficient.
The Fully Usable Garage
Again, you can add additional storage space to your home by having a versatile garage. Not only is it a place to park your cars, but you have installed a garage organizational system that takes advantage of all vertical storage and space. Lots of items for camping, home décor, tools, etc. can be stored easily and accessibly. Your home value is steadily increasing!
The Master Bedroom feels like a retreat!
Your master bedroom needs to be relaxing, neat, calming with recessed lighting with dimmers, a wardrobe wall for unsightly clothes, shoes, etc., and wall sconces to provide ambiance. When the Master has a high value in appeal then the value of your home increases!
Kitchen Cabinetry makes the look.
When you walk into the kitchen, the first thing you notice is the cabinets. Cabinetry is at the top of the percentage of kitchen costs, but also shows the most return. Opt for wood over laminate surfaces and add custom features like crown molding, wine racks, organizer shelves and drawers. Little touches can go a long way!
Wow! That’s it – four easy ways to make you home look like a million dollars! YOU will benefit now with the additional space and storage and you will benefit later in the additional value that you have given to your home. It will sell easier and more profitably - a win-win situation! So what are you waiting for – call Texas Custom Closets for all your home value needs.
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Today, a closet’s custom mill work and visual finishes are as sophisticated as any high-end kitchen, bath or even retail store. However, in new home construction, if you don't say anything to a contractor, you'll get a basic "pole and shelf" setup: a single pole with a fixed shelf above it. You will get the same closet as in your typical track home. This track home closet is built by a trim carpenter that gets paid by the square foot of the house. The closet is his lowest priority. An upgraded closet for a builder is two poles where your clothes will be dragging the ground. Then it's up to YOU to customize the closet interior. Typically built and painted on-site, this is the way it’s always been done since the 1930’s and builders are reluctant to change. But again – if you tell your builder up front- that you want more than a pole and a shelf – It will cost you less! Your builder would not have to buy the material for the closet or pay the trim carpenter and painter, thus making a custom-designed closet from Texas Custom Closets competitively priced. You get a closet suited to YOUR needs - for YOUR wardrobe and accessories – not just a standard pole and a shelf. NOW you have a complete custom home customized to your needs!
Tell Your Builder! We have a builder program: The Builder Program: Texas Custom Closets cooperates with home builders and contractors by being the storage and organization solution for your clients. We create a turnkey program to simply allow you – the builder – to sit back while we meet with your clients, discuss their storage needs and recommend enhancements to their closets, pantry, home office, laundry room, garage or basement.
We make it easy for your clients and YOU! We’ll help by furnishing your model homes with custom closet and pantry systems to create a stronger WOW factor! We’ll even meet with buyers at their homes and offer them a complimentary consultation. A win-win situation!
If you are considering a new home in the Hill Country area, ask your custom home builder to upgrade your builder-grade closet to a new Master Closet. Contact Texas Custom Closets, YOUR local closet company, for all your closet needs!
It’s easier than you think.
Form and Functionality in a Closet
Do you get great satisfaction from having a clean, organized space? Is your closet designed to suit your life and style? Is there balance between your organized life and your home life? It always seems that this space where we begin and end each day, is so often overlooked. The design of your closet and how well it works for your needs, can impact the course of your day. Does your closet space function well…starting you off on the right foot each morning? Or, is it a source of frustration as you find yourself running late searching for the mate to your favorite pair of shoes? You need to organize your life with a new closet system to give your life balance. This will not only improve your psyche, but will also give you a sense of pride and confidence.
You need to take back your life – one closet at a time!
When you are out house hunting for your second or third home, closet space seems to garner a lot more attention. Families grow, careers change, we pick up new hobbies and accumulate stuff…lots of stuff. All these changes tend to create the need for additional closet space or a better design of the closet space we already have. The benefits of a well-organized custom closet over a cluttered closet can be dramatic. Custom closets, for one thing, help you to get the most out of your wardrobe. On average, people wear just 20% of their clothes 80% of the time, largely because their mismanaged closet hides their options. A custom built closet will display your shoes, clothes and accessories in perfect order so that you can easily find exactly what you are looking for. Closets are a terrific place to start decluttering your life. Make them more organized and you will find things getting simpler all throughout your home. When it comes to closet organization, many Americans live a life of wrinkled clothes, lost socks and underwear and missing items that are probably in the closet – somewhere. This kind of organization ( or rather, disorganization) adds nothing but frustration to your life. On top of this frustration, it simply takes more time to be organized – leaving you with less time to do the things you want, like spend time with your friends and family or working on a hobby.
Organize your closet = Organize your life. It’s easier than you think. You can maximize your home’s space and functionality in ways you always dreamed of, but thought impossible. The functionality of a modern closet in today’s homes with limited space is immensely increased by a custom design that not only saves space but creates a nice addition to the surrounding space. Placing a closet on the wall implies direct savings on floor space and ensures that the users do not have to bend or stoop to open and use the closets. With one of our closet systems, you will be able to organize and store all of the following items so that you have them easily accessible when you need them and out of the way when you don’t:
Our closets are designed to bring together all of a closet’s key features into a union of form and function. Reach-in closets can provide flexible and effective storage. We can increase your hanging area, customize shelves, and add places for all of your shoes and accessories. We tailor our closets to each client’s individual needs and lifestyle. We are detail-oriented and experienced in working out space challenges.
You need to take back your life – one closet at a time! CALL US TODAY!