When my husband purchased a subscription to the Wall Street Journal, I thought there was nothing in it for me. I was wrong. Week after week, my husband saved sections of the paper for me that focused on fashion and real estate. In particular, the Mansion features are my favorite. Prior to reading “The $100,000 Closet,” by Candace Jackson, I wondered if the valuation was based solely on the construction and amenities of the closet, or the aggregate of construction plus designer clothing. Based on the article, it appears the six-figure price tag has nothing to do with the clothing or accessories on display.
So, just what makes a closet cost $100,000 or more?
Ample space, multiple functionality and over-the-top features and finishes.
1) Ample space
Closets have graduated from mere storage spaces inconspicuously tucked away behind closed doors to sprawling, light-filled”dressing rooms.” It’s no longer unusual to hear of a 2-story closet, a closet with an alarm system or one boasting a full suite of furniture. In fact, even at 600 square feet, these dressing rooms are as large as some people’s apartments.
2) Multiple functionality
Closets are now used as lounges and bars, equipped with TV’s, sound systems and mini-fridges. The forgotten space has become a hang out and entertainment center amongst friends. Jackson writes “For men, closets are evolving into something akin to high-tech man caves…with breakfast bars for yogurt, cereal and drinks and leather couches for watching TV.”
3) Luxury features and finishes
Marble counter tops, exotic wood and crystal chandeliers are standard in these trophy closets. But technology also plays a role in the inflated price of “dressing rooms.” Like any high-end boutique, good lighting is critical to showcasing all that sparkles and shines. Introducing “lighted clothing rods and shoe racks,” two features I hadn’t thought of, but would like to see first hand.
I remember on HGTV, there was a couple that installed a washer and dryer in their master closet, and at the time I thought that was a brilliant idea. Now I realize the versatility of closets is almost limitless, as well as their price tag. What features are in your dream closet?