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Restyle Small Closets to Maximize Space

Restyle Small Closets to Maximize Space

Sometimes having that spacious walk-in closet is not possible in your current home. It’s fine if there’s just one person, but what if it’s a shared space? Having small closets doesn’t need to limit you. Customize your closet to maximize the space you have and make it work for your style and needs.

Look for hidden storage

Sometimes storage space is hidden inside the wall. If you have an adventurous spirit, consider opening up part of a wall and incorporating the space between wall studs. Use the newly found recessed storage space to create shelving or a cabinet for anything from jewelry to shoes. Think beyond the shallow depth and extend shelves to accommodate your collection of jeans or sweaters.

Double up on hanging space

Use two hanging rods to maximize space for hanging clothes. Put both of them on a short wall with shelving, or do away with shelves and double up your hanging rods. If your space demands your shorter wall be used for all shelves or cabinets, use double rods on the longer wall and separate them with a slim cabinet or cubicle style shelves that match your personality.

Look up

Overhead shelving is a great place to store seasonal clothing, sporting gear, or even important files. Don’t let a square foot of wall go to waste by ignoring the space up high. The area most often neglected is above the door. Closets with single or double doors provide a great opportunity for a single shelf above. Sliding or folding doors might be tricky, as those are usually built for shallower closet spaces, but think creatively and you may find that the wall space there is just as usable for lighting or more recessed storage.

Hanging around

The back of the closet door is a prime location for hanging organizers that store shoes or other accessories. But the under-utilized space around the door is just as useful. Hang hooks or use slatwalls to design a versatile system of small shelves, hanging baskets or hooks that can be moved around according to your need.

Toss what you don’t use

More often than not, the real reason a closet is so cluttered is because there is more in it than is used. There isn’t anything wrong with having twenty pairs of shoes, unless you’re only wearing ten of them. And if red just isn’t your colour then there’s no reason to keep those six red dress shirts. Take stock of what you do use, what is damaged or too small, and what just isn’t your style. Then toss what you don’t want in a “throw” or “give away” pile and put the rest back into your newly designed closet.


Living with a small closet doesn’t have to be unbearable. With proper design and excellent organizing, even a small space can seem bigger than it is.

If you need help better utilizing your closet space, or you’re looking for new closet design, contact us or call us @ 1.800.665.1560 to have one of our knowledgeable associates help you improve your space.

Replacing Windows – When is it a Good Idea?


You hear a lot these days about replacing old windows with more energy-efficient windows. Many home owners are wondering what makes this such a good idea and when is the right time to replace old windows. We put together a list of helpful tips that can be a good discussion starter.

These are some of the common reasons that people choose to replace old windows:

•Windows are drafty – If you feel a chill standing next to your window, it is leaking air and affecting your home’s comfort level.

•Windows leak – If rain comes in through your windows, you must replace them. Failing to do so could cause window or home exterior rot and necessitate a costly cleanup.

•Windows are ugly – Ugly, outdated home windows can diminish your home’s curb appeal. If you hate how your windows look, it may be time to replace them.

•Windows are not energy efficient – When home windows are 15 to 30 years or older, they are simply not as energy efficient as modern windows. If you plan to remain in your home for a long time, replacing the windows can make you feel more comfortable and cut utility bills. Over time, the money you save will more than cover costs.

There may be situations where you opt not to replace windows. If you live in a historic home, you may want to take steps to preserve the old windows and maintain your home’s historic charm. In some cases, a historic district may mandate you do this. If you have a problem with only one window in a room, it may be more cost effective to simply have the window repaired and ensure consistency in your home’s curb appeal.

To learn more about different types of replacement windows or for more advice, contact us we are here to help.

The Components of Stairs and Staircases


The Components of Stairs and Staircases

Refinishing or building a new staircase can enhance the appearance of your home, adding monetary value to it.  For the average layperson, the components that make up stairs and staircases can be confusing. However, if you intend to build or remodel a staircase, it helps to understand some basic terms used for stair parts. Here are some of the main terms involved in staircases.

Types of Stair Construction Methods

Your first consideration when shopping for stair parts is to determine the type of construction technique. The two main methods are post-to-post construction and post-over construction.

  • Posts-to-post construction, which is the more affordable and simpler technique for joining railings to posts, involves the railing hitting the side of a ball top newel or a square newel.
  • Post-over construction entails the railing going over the post. It’s more expensive because it entails using additional fittings and more labour to install it.

The Basic Stair Components

The two primary kinds of stair parts are the parts making up the stair and the components that form what’s known as the balustrade. The balustrade is refers to the railings offer support as they help keep users from falling off the stairs.

  • The stair, itself, is composed of four main parts which include the stringers, treads, risers and the starter step (swell step).The stringer—This pertains to the portion of a stair running along the stair’s side. It’s involved in supporting the surface portion of stairs on which people walk on it.
  • Treads—These are horizontal parts of your stair. In other words, it’s where you place your feet when walking up or down your stairs.
  • The Risers—This stair component is the vertical portion of a stair.
  • The starter step—Also called the swell step, the starter step gets its name from the fact that it’s the first step on your staircase.

Types of Stair Newel Posts

Newel posts, also known as central poles, are those large posts stationed on staircase landings as well as the start and finish of your stairs. There are four kinds of newel stair posts.

  • Standard newels—These are found in post-to-post stairways and when your handrail remains the same height throughout the railing.
  • Landing newels—Use landing newels whenever a level change is involved, in which the height of the handrails change, such as in upper and middle landings.
  • Pin-top Newels— These newels go with an over-the-post stairway.
  • Stabilizer newel posts—This type of newel gives additional support where there’s a long railing run.

Staircase refinishing can easily become overwhelming for most homeowners. Why not leave the job of refinishing your staircase to professionals?  Contact us we have a large range of decorative posts, spindles, stair railings, risers and treads for all types of stairways and provide full installation.