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Open in Case of Zombie Apocalypse: Organizing Your Survival Closet

By Closet & Storage Concepts - April 15th, 2014

At Closet and Storage Concepts, we’re in the business of crafting all kinds of custom solutions for our customers’ storage needs. Be it a more versatile kitchen pantry or a well-defined entertainment system, we make sure to keep your individual concerns in mind when creating the perfect closet set up for your home. With the rise of television shows like The Walking Dead, we’ve noticed a heightened, if somewhat silly, interest in planning for a hypothetical zombie apocalypse. In the spirit of good fun, we’ve put together a few guidelines for setting up a survival closet in the small chance that a zombie apocalypse does find its way to our shores. Read on for a few tips on what you’ll need in case the undead show up at your door.

Food and Water Are an Obvious Must

In the off chance that the walking dead someday make a house call, you’ll want to have plenty of fresh water and non-perishable foods. Lucky for us zombies are more concerned with finding brains than canned beans, but you’ll still want to have as much canned goods on hand as possible. The same thing goes for bottled water, which will surely be in short supply once the undead are among us. Like any survival kit, make sure to focus on items high in nutritional value, including vegetables and canned fruit, so that after you’ve boarded up the windows to keep the hoard out you’ll be able to comfortably wait out the ensuing insanity.

If You Have to Leave The House, You’ll Need a Few Things

 In the off chance that you’re unable to keep the crowd of zombies out of your home, you’ll need to have a few other items in your survival closet or storage system. First off, charcoal tablets or water purification tables are a must for any apocalypse-wanderer, so you’ll want to have those on hand. Also, if you’re unable to bring much of your food supply with you, make sure to have seeds for easy to grow crops, like corn and zucchini. Your closet will also want to hold a fishing pole for finding nutrition on the road, as well as a small pan for cooking up the vittles you come across on your travels.

Rebuilding Civilization Takes The Right Tools

 Your survival closet is going to need to house not only tools for immediate survival, but also the right items for slowly rebuilding human civilization. This not only includes standard survival tools like an axe, flint and tinder, and a crowbar, you’ll also want to hang on to cultural relics. When you’re trying to get the human species up and running again, having a copy of Shakespeare will remind you of the world as it used to be. Furthermore, make sure to store a journal and pen, so that in the off chance you do end up subsumed by the undead horde, some future person will be able to find proof that you did everything you could to maintain your humanity.

At Closet and Storage Concepts, we always craft incredible solutions for your storage needs, be they apocalyptically-focused or not. Contact us today to learn about the storage system of your dreams, be it zombie-centric or not.

World Libraries With Incredible Storage Solutions

By Closet & Storage Concepts - March 31st, 2014

At Closet and Storage Concepts, North America’s premier custom closet and storage system outfitter, we’re always on the hunt for the coolest and most creative in storage concepts. From the pantries in large restaurants to the way film societies organize their archives, we love seeing impressive storage systems in action. Perhaps the most beloved and frequently impressive organization systems in the world belong to some of our greatest libraries, such as the endlessly awe-inspiring Library of Congress. In honor of this great storage system tradition, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite libraries from around the world, each one demonstrating the heights of organization we strive for at Closet and Storage Concepts. Read on for a global tour in magnificent storage concepts!

Shiba Ryotaro Memorial Museum

Named after the great Japanese post-war author, the Shiba Ryotaro is a marvel in melding design with organizational needs. The building, designed by Tadao Ando, is meant to mirror the inner working of an author’s mind, hence the incredible walls and walls of books. There’s something incredibly immersive about the book storage system at the library, a feat reflected in the sheer number of books housed in a small space. This is perhaps what‘s most impressive about the storage concept at the Shiba Ryotaro Memorial Museum: storage has been effectively married to concept, making for a truly unique experience.

Mafra National Palace Library

The National Palace Library is a treasure held within the city of Mafra, Portugal. Portugal is home to a number of well-known libraries, but the Mafra National Palace Library is the most interesting to everyone at Closet and Storage Concepts due to its particularly ingenious storage system.  When built, not only did the architect responsible make sure to create a book shelving system that accommodated a major collection, he also made sure to leave room behind the books for a colony of bats. The bats were used to keep the library vermin and insect free, and would be released every night from their space behind the books. Our closet systems don’t typically house flying animals, but we still have to applaud this remarkable system.

The George Peabody Library

Housed in the world-renown Peabody Institute of Music at John Hopkins University, the George Peabody Library is one of the finest in America. Containing over 300,000 volumes, the Peabody Library  is a perfect example of marrying form and function in the world of storage systems. Featuring six tiers of cast iron columns, decorative railings, and gold-leaf embellishments, the Peabody Library demonstrates that there is certainly a way to make organization beautiful, which is something we always strive for at Closet and Storage Concepts.

Liyuan Library

Designed by famed Chinese Architect Li Xiaodong Atelier, the Liyuan Library is truly a sight to behold. Located in the small village of Huairou on the outskirts of Beijing, the Liyuan Library was meant to be an example of how to make a storage system blend in seamlessly with its environment. In the same way that Closet and Storage Concepts makes sure to design and implement closet systems that work holistically within its environment, the Liyuan Library is composed of panels of twigs in order to reflect the natural surroundings of the village. Beautiful in its simplicity and elegance, the Liyuan Library is a case study in working your surroundings into the design of a storage system.

At Closet and Storage Concepts, we keep in mind all of the great storage and design ideas reflected in this list in order to craft personalized closets and organization systems for our customers. We may not build bat caves behind your bookshelves, but we’ll make sure to create effective and  visually stunning closet and storage systems for all your needs.

 

Three Incredible Treasures Found During A Remodel

By Closet & Storage Concepts - February 28th, 2014

Here at Closet and Storage Concepts, we do work on a wide variety of homes and offices, from early 20th Century apartments to brand new condominiums. Throughout our time working on some of the older properties we’ve had the pleasure of updating, we’re constantly surprised by the amount of objects often hidden within the closet walls of these old homes. From long lost family photos to early porcelain dolls, there are often tiny treasures stuffed away in the long forgotten areas of an antique house. In the spirit of these discoveries, we’ve put together a list of some of the coolest items found during remodels of old homes. Read on to see what kind of treasures may be lurking behind your walls.

That’s Some Expensive Insulation

David Gonzalez, a general contractor in Hoffman, Minnesota, decided that it was time to update his master bedroom, including taking out a wall to expand his closet. As a contractor in an area with older homes, Gonzalez was used to seeing old newspaper used as insulation in homes. When he found an original copy of Action Comics #1 stuffed into the walls, to say he was surprised would be quite the understatement. The issue in which Superman makes his debut, Gonzalez’s copy of Action Comics recently sold at auction for $175,000. Considering he bought the home for around $10,000, it’s safe to say Gonzalez came out on top in this one.

A Head Above The Rest

When spring comes along, most of us find ourselves doing some deep cleaning, be it giving the kitchen a good once over or reorganizing our closets. When Stephane Gabet, a French journalist, went to clean out the attic of his newly purchased home, he found something slightly stranger than most: a 400-year-old skull. Gabet, unsure of what exactly to do with this ancient head, took it to a prominent university in Paris to get to the bottom of just how old his new find was. Turns out, not only was the skull over 400-years-old, it was also determined to have belonged to none other than King Henry IV, who ruled France until 1610. Although we don’t recommend storing the remains of famous monarchs in your attic, it must be at least a little fun for Gabet to bring his discovery out every Halloween.

Bottom’s Up

Patricia Hill purchased a turn-of-the-century mansion outside of Pittsburgh with the intention of turning it into a five star bed and breakfast. While doing some extensive renovations on the property, she uncovered some proof that the former inhabitants had been fond of a drink or two: nine cases of revered Old Farm Pure Rye Whiskey buried in the basement. A pre-Prohibition distillery, Old Farm produced some of the most beloved American Whiskey in history, and Hill’s trove was estimated to be worth nearly $800,000 dollars. Things didn’t turn out perfectly for Hill, though: after spending the winter vacationing someplace warm, she returned to find that her caretaker had imbibed nearly 52 bottles of the historic hooch, putting the homeowner out nearly $200,000 dollars.

Although we can’t promise we’ll unearth any buried treasure in your home, we can assure you that we’ll put in a closet or storage system that’ll make your home the star of the neighborhood. Call Closet and Storage Concepts today to find out just how transformative one of our closet systems can be in your home.

Strong Recovery For The Housing Market

By jasonberlin - July 22nd, 2013

It has been a challenging couple of years for homeowner values, but fortunately for everyone the housing market is showing signs of a strong recovery.  So many people are looking to buy that inventories of homes for sale are running low and a shift is being made into a seller’s market.  We have done some research and found the top upgrades that new buyers are looking for.  More than 60% of home buyers are willing to pay more for central air conditioning, new kitchen appliances and a custom walk-in closet in the master bedroom.  It is no surprise to us that custom walk in closets are at the top of home buyers lists!  Whether you are looking to sell your home or improve it a custom Closet & Storage Concepts system is always a great choice.  Contact us today for your Free In-Home Estimate!

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New Contemporary Shoe Fences

By jasonberlin - April 3rd, 2013

We are pleased to introduce a new line of contemporary shoe fences to our ever expanding catalog. These new shoe fences are attractive, durable and are custom cut to accommodate any size shelving section. Not only are they the perfect upgrade for any closet, but they also work nicely in pantries and other Closet & Storage Concepts custom organizing systems.

Contemporary Shoe Fences

New Contemporary Accessory Hooks

By jasonberlin - March 20th, 2013

We are pleased to introduce a new line of contemporary accessories to our catalog. These new hooks are attractive, durable and suitable for hanging a variety of items such as garments, hats, belts, ties and handled items such as mops and brooms. These versatile new accessories can be mounted to either a wall or a Closet & Storage Concepts system and are available in matt nickel, oil rubbed bronze, polished chrome and polished brass finishes.

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Make a Resolution to Get Organized!

By jasonberlin - December 21st, 2012

This year make a resolution to Get Organized and keep it with the help of Closet & Storage Concepts.  Our durable, adjustable and fully custom systems are the perfect organizing solution for any area of the house be it a closet, pantry, home office, entertainment center or garage.  Unfortunately, a functional storage system is only half the battle.  These quick tips will help you to organize a few key areas of the home.

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    • Try to purge your closet of unused clothing once a year.  Have trouble keeping track of what you do and do not wear?  When hanging your clothes after washing them put the hanger on the pole backwards.  After a season you will be able to quickly see what you did and did not wear.
    • If the clothing is in good shape donate it to Goodwill or schedule a pickup with the VVA “Vietnam Veterans of America”.
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    • Now is a great time to go through your pantry to get rid of expired goods and take inventory of what dried and canned goods you have for the winter.   When re-stocking be sure to keep items close to their expiration date towards the front of the pantry.
    • Bulky items should be stored on the ground or on lower shelves for safety and to keep them out of your way.
    • Small, gourmet, impulse buy foods tend to be among the first things forgotten and expire as a result.  Keep these at eye level so you don’t forget about them.

Ready to get started?   Contact us today for your free in-home consultation  with one of our design professionals.

Hassle Free Ironing At Your Fingertips

By jasonberlin - October 31st, 2012

For those who need to get the most out of their walk in closet a built in ironing board could be just what you are looking for.  Our pullout ironing boards come in two attractive styles allowing them to be mounted either behind a drawer front or on the side of a Closet & Storage Concepts storage system.  Both models are ideal for quick touch ups as they eliminate the hassle of setting up and breaking down your ironing board on a daily basis.  Contact us today to schedule a free in home estimate.

Viva la Vino! Raise a Glass to This Memorable Walk-in Closet Design Idea

By iqnection - July 11th, 2012

Every spring for the past 20+ years my mom and I have participated an annual fundraising event hosted by the local community hospital called “The Designer House”. Each year a different home in the community is selected to receive a complete floor-to-ceiling makeover by a number of local interior designers. Commissioned for the home’s historic or aesthetic significance (and is often on the market to sell), the event coordinators unleash dozens of local interior designers on the home, who are given free rein to appoint their assigned space with a design statement of their choice. In exchange for their pro bono creation, the designer and their work is showcased to the thousands of visitors who tour the home each year.

Inevitably we leave the tour with one or two “must have” ideas for our own homes. As you can well imagine however, setting free the minds of creative people, such is an interior designers, can often result in… eclectic results.

And oh boy, have the designers beget some doosies through the years.

We’ve endured a turtle-themed master bedroom, a kitchen adorned with statues but devoid of a sink, and a family room carpet made of sod.

Our all-time favorite creation continues to be the inexplicable prehistoric theme bathroom; resplendent with moss dripping from the shower rod (personally, I work hard to avoid this in my house) and even more inexplicable — 10”spikes adorning the toilet seat lid which rendered the lid incapable of opening all the way.

Apparently, things were tougher during prehistoric times than I even imaged.

This year we were treated to closet organizers the likes of we had never seen before, which left my mom and I with a serious case of “gotta-have-that!” syndrome. An approximately 12’ x 12’ section Closet Organizers - Closet Designs - Closet & Storage Conceptsof basement was converted into an elegant Tuscany-themed walk-in wine closet. Although a relatively small piece of real estate compared to the rest of the house, this refuge was the highlight of the tour. The compact custom wine rack must have easily stored 200 bottles of the grape. A small wine refrigerator fit perfectly under a granite counter top. Custom cabinetry was lit from within, showing off the gleaming stemware and small earth tone dishes. Matching drawers slid out easily and were roomy enough to hold all the essentials of proper wine enjoyment; cheese serving accessories, corkscrews, bottle stoppers and aerators. There was even room-to-spare for a small bistro table and chairs, which of course my mom and I took advantage of, sitting a few minutes just to take the beauty of this custom closet design before the next group of visitors anxious to see the space for themselves moved us along.

In all my years of visiting the Designer House, no other creation has impressed me more than this custom closet design and made me more desirous of having one of my very own.

Until then, at least I have the moss.

Contact the Closet Organizers at Closet & Storage Concepts, to help your create your dream custom closet or Call 1-888-THE-CLOSET.

Closet & Storage Concepts Named 2012 Military Friendly Franchise by G.I. Jobs Magazine

By iqnection - May 18th, 2012

Closet & Storage Concepts is delighted to be named among the recipients of the 2012 Military Friendly Franchises® list, which represents the top 10 percent of the nation’s franchises that are doing the most to recruit military veterans.

The full list of Military Friendly Franchises® will be published in the June issue of G.I. Jobs, the July/August issue of Vetrepreneur Magazine, and on www.militaryfranchising.com, a web tool that helps veterans decide which franchise to choose.

Closet & Storage Concepts honors military veterans all year round by offering service members a 10% discount on franchise fees, special military veteran financing of 50% of the initial fee for a period of 12 months at zero interest, and a team dedicated to supporting the veteran franchisee program, thus allowing veterans to use their training and operational skills in a new civilian career.

The Military Friendly Franchises® list was created three years ago out of demand from military veterans, many of whom want to start or own their own business but are unclear where to begin,” said Sean Collins, director for G.I. Jobs. “Being selected as a Military Friendly Franchise places Closet & Storage Concepts in this elite group, and is testimony to Closet & Storage Concept’s world class programs and policies that support military veterans interested franchise opportunities”

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