This is not a post I was planning to write this week, but, since I found out about it, it’s the only thing I can think about it, so I should probably share.
A house just went up for sale in our neighborhood a few days ago. This is noteworthy (to us) in and of itself because it’s a very small neighborhood, so that doesn’t happen terribly often. But this one is especially interesting to us because it appears, from the pictures, to have a layout nearly identical to our house.
From the outside, the houses in our neighborhood are all very similar: all colonial revivals, all except for a couple with red brick fronts. But there’s a surprising amount of variation on the insides. This is the first one we’ve seen that’s so similar to ours.
So imagine my surprise when I was looking through the pictures and noticed that this house’s otherwise identical to ours foyer has a coat closet in it! This discovery caused no end of excitement around here. We ran to our foyer and examined it….sure enough, there is clearly a space between the foyer and the stairs–maybe around 2 by 4 feet–that’s just….not being used.
I have no idea why we never figured this out before. I guess we just trusted that surely had there been a place for a coat closet, the builders would have put one there. I mean, who doesn’t want a coat closet?! And if you’re already building a whole house, how much trouble can it be to finish off one more tiny closet?! Mysteries that will never be solved.
To really understand our excitement (tempered with disappointment with our house’s builders), you should know that a coat closet was one of the only high up on our wish list things that we didn’t get with this house. (Along with a fifth bedroom, but that was kind of a bigger reach than a coat closet). We didn’t have one in our old house, either, and I was really tired of trying to find a decent, out of sight place to keep the vacuum cleaner. And when you consider that our house has EIGHT closets upstairs, it really seems a little silly that there’s not a single one downstairs.
Let me try to show you where our coat closet is supposed to be:
See my squirrel wall and where that mirror is? That’s where the door to coat closet is in the other house.
Around the corner is the door to the basement, but you can see that there’s a two foot wide space between the foyer and the door.
…and nothing there but a wall!
And here’s the last side to our missing coat closet: that same two foot space before the stairs turn (the basement stairs turn at the same point down below).
I am now obsessed with finding out how reasonable (i.e. how expensive) it would be to make the coat closet happen. It would look like this, complete with sparkly goodness, because I’d be so happy every time I stowed the vacuum cleaner in there:
Anyone done anything like this before? Is it as simple in real life as it is in my head? Someone want to hold me back from grabbing a sledgehammer and going at the drywall myself right now?