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Makeshift shelving before renovation.
Makeshift shelving before renovation.

BEFORE: Makeshift shelving before the renovation.

L-shaped closet stores shoes and clothing.
L-shaped closet stores shoes and clothing.

The other end of the L-shaped closet stores shoes and clothing.

Clothing storage prior to renovation.
Clothing storage prior to renovation.

BEFORE: Haphazard clothing storage prior to the renovation.

Chest of drawers in a closet is flanked by slatted-aluminum doors
Chest of drawers in a closet is flanked by slatted-aluminum doors

A chest of drawers at one end of the closet is flanked by slatted-aluminum doors that roll down to conceal items.

Personal Space

Carnemark design+build equips a custom closet with chic style and clever storage solutions

An Ashton, Maryland, widower hired Carnemark design+build to overhaul his bedroom suite, which entailed merging cramped his-and-her closets into a single stylish and functional dressing room customized for his needs. “We borrowed space that was tucked under the eaves of the house,” recounts principal Jonas Carnemark, who spearheaded the project. The result was “a narrow but long L-shaped closet where we carved out room for loads of custom storage.”

Ingenious features abound, including tilt-out hampers dedicated to dry cleaning, colors and whites respectively; cubbies for hat boxes; shelves that showcase the owners’ collection of boots; and near the ceiling, a row of overflow storage for linens. A mirror hangs above a wide dresser with drawers that extend a convenient two feet deep. Flanking the mirror, slatted-aluminum garage-style doors roll up to access shelving where valuables are kept. Rows of hanging clothes are illuminated by built-in LED lights.
Sleek, flat-fronted cabinets by SieMatic were designed to take advantage of the oddly shaped space. Crafted of triple-layer furniture board in a rustic-grain oak laminate textured to look and feel like wood, Carnemark says, “They are durable—and very realistic.”

Architectural Design & Contracting: Jonas Carnemark, CKD, CLIPP, Carnemark design+build, Bethesda, Maryland. Cabinetry: Konst SieMatic, Bethesda, Maryland.

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