A Look into the Home of the Future

By Closet & Storage Concepts - December 26th, 2013

As we come upon the end of another postmillennial year and prepare for the futuristic-sounding 2014, it’s hard not to be at least a little disappointed in the lack of science-fiction-predicted technology pushing its way into our world. Sure, you can fit a computer in your pocket and store mountains of information in something called “the cloud,” but we’re yet to see a single flying car careening through the streets. The future imagined by pop culture artifacts like The Jetsons or 2001: A Space Odyssey just never seemed to arrive, and with it our dreams of floating cities and sentient machines. When you consider that Back to the Future 2 was set in the quickly-approaching year of 2015, it becomes difficult not to look around and ask yourself, “Where’s my hover board?”

There are, however, a few designers working with new technologies in line with both the aesthetics of “The Year 2000” as well as the underlying philosophy of most classic futurists. Since Closet and Storage Concepts is in the business of providing home solutions for our customers, we’ve found a few innovations that apply directly to the idea of “the Modern house,” or at least a 1960’s pulp novelist’s version of it. From robotic closet systems to fold up ovens, here’s a collection of a few different visions of a better, and far more cutting edge, modern home.

The Freedge – The Inside-Out Fridge

Designed by Matthew McNaughton, the Freedge imagines a revolutionary take on an appliance that has seen very little change over the years. The Freedge takes all of the compartments in a traditional fridge and separates them out, placing each bin behind an exterior wall to maximize space. Rather than having a bulky traditional fridge taking up a large chunk of your kitchen, each compartment of the Freedge is pulled out of the wall when you’d like to access it. A further perk of McNaughton’s system is that it utilizes external cold during winter months in the refrigeration process, meaning that not only will homeowners be saving space, they’ll also be saving on electricity. Best of all, the Freedge is incredibly cool looking, leaving your standard fridge looking like the relic that it is.

The Clean Closet – All in One Laundry Concept

Since we’re in the business of offering affordable, well-designed closet and storage systems for our customers, we’re particularly impressed by Michael Edenius’ Clean Closet design. Essentially taking the laundry process out of the consumer’s life completely, the Clean Closet is exactly what it sounds like: a closet that cleans your clothes while they hang. All of your items are scanned for dirt and impurities by the machine, which then cleans items where imperfections are detected. In one fell swoop, the Clean Closet replaces the laundry basket, washer, and dryer, freeing up much-needed space for the homeowner of the future. Best of all, the Clean Closet does its work without the use of water, making it far more environmentally-friendly than traditional methods. That’s what we call a Closet and Storage Concept!

Qumi – The Portable, Flexible All Purpose Oven

Dreamt up by the Russian engineer Ilia Vostrov, the Qumi is described as a flexible cooking unit, which is an understatement if we’ve ever heard one. Qumi is a fold out universal kitchen appliance that is capable of heating, steaming, or frying liquids and solids, basically making it the only tool the chef of the future will need.   The Qumi is about the size of a plate when folded down for storage, and it is designed to be hung on an induction charging hook, making it completely portable and wireless. Furthermore, the Qumi is run exclusively from your mobile phone or similar device, making display panels and instructions obsolete. With the Qumi, that clunky microwave and oven taking up a majority of your kitchen are a thing of the past, providing much more space than traditional options. For the homeowner of the future, who will surely find space at a premium, the Qumi is the perfect option for any and all home cooking needs.

Although these designs may be a ways off from becoming readily available for the average consumer, it’s exciting to know that great minds are continuing to come up with innovative and, quite frankly, space age solutions for traditional domestic needs. Here’s hoping that sometime in the near future, Closet and Storage Concepts will be installing a Clean Closet in your home!

The Closet Personality Test: What Does Your Closet Say About You?

By Closet & Storage Concepts - December 19th, 2013

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There are a million and one personality tests floating around out there, with nearly all of them claiming to be definitive. While we may not be trained in Freudian psychoanalysis or Jungian archetypes, we can tell you one thing from experience: a person’s closet says a lot about them, and a look into this often sacred space can reveal quite a bit about someone’s habits, passions, and inclinations. We’ve put together a handful of typical closet scenarios and have paired them with the personality types most commonly associated with them. We encourage you to take a peek into your own closet before reading through to see just how accurate we’ve been with our assessment, and let us know in the comments if we’re on track or off the rails.

The Romantic

The most obvious sign that you’re dealing with a Romantic personality type is the copious amounts of nostalgia hanging around. The Romantic probably doesn’t keep the most organized closet, as they’re never able to throw anything even slightly meaningful away. It’s a safe bet to assume there’s a giant box of old love letters stuck in the corner, as well as a huge stack of T-shirts the Romantic hasn’t worn since high school but just can’t seem to part with. Every Christmas card Grandma ever sent, every baseball jersey they wore in Little League, and a binder full of old concert ticket stubs is sure to be found somewhere in the confines of the Romantic’s veritable time capsule of a closet.  If you’re ever helping the Romantic move or organize, make sure not to throw anything away without asking first: you can never be sure just what they’ve been saving from that date they had freshman year of college.

The Idealist

The Idealist is described by most psychologists as introspective, feeling, and optimistic. We all have family and friends that fit into this category, and it’s fairly easy to imagine what their closets would like. Well organized is probably a given, as most Idealists tend to be of the scheduling variety according to the Myers-Briggs Personality Test. It’s probably safe to assume that the Idealist’s closet places an emphasis not only on the things they need immediately at hand, but also items they’re hoping they might get to use sometime soon. So, the Idealist might have a bathing suit hanging around towards the front of their closet even in February, or their soccer cleats washed and ready to go even though they haven’t played since high school. Throw in an inspirational poster or two hung on the doors, maybe next to a picture of their personal hero, and you’ve got a closet typical of someone with an Idealist streak in them.

The Artist

Surely we’re all familiar with this entry on our list. The Artist’s closet shows little to no organization to the average person, but ask about it and the Artist is quick to assure you there’s some kind of system. Much like the Romantic, very little tends to get thrown away, just in case someone someday wants to release that seldom heard demo of psychedelic polka music the Artist crafted ten years ago. Another tell-tale sign you’ve got an Artist on your hands is a lack of matching socks sitting aside a giant pile of band t-shirts, because, according to the Artist, only “the man” matches clothes. Although the Artist may seem to lack much organization, make sure not to move anything in their closet, as you’re sure to have problems if suddenly their favorite Bauhaus shirt isn’t in its usual spot.

The Social Butterfly

Our last personality type, the Social Butterfly’s closet is an essential part of his or her daily experience. A look inside will surely display a number of tells, from the mountain of different shoes (every occasion calls for the perfect pair) to the variety of clothes. There are shirts for going out in, workout gear for sports and the gym, business suits, travel luggage, snow gear for the winter time, and a plethora of different accents perfect for every occasion. The Social Butterfly isn’t necessarily known to be well organized, but when you have one of everything for every occasion, it can be hard to keep a system in line. Whether it’s the dead of night or 6 AM on a Sunday morning, the Social Butterfly has to be ready for whatever event springs up on their calendar, requiring a heavily stocked closet with as many options as possible.  If you always keep a pair of hiking boots in between your ballet slippers and your ice skates, it’s probably safe to assume you may just be a Social Butterfly yourself.

Although this list only scratches the surface of what a closet can say about its owner, we hope it gives you a good idea about what your things, and the way you keep them, may say about you. And remember, if you’re ever in need of a better way to organize all those old high school jerseys or your stack of paintings from that De Kooning phase you had, Closet and Storage Concepts is always ready to help you choose and install the perfect closet system, whether you’re a Social Butterfly, Idealist, or somewhere in between.

Back To School Blues

By jasonberlin - September 30th, 2013

custom bench systemAs of September 22nd fall is officially upon us.  The weather has cooled, your décor has changed, and the kids are all settled into the new school year.  Unfortunately, with the changing of the season and the turning of the leaves comes the clutter associated with your children returning to school.  I bet you are picturing a corner of your home piled high with backpacks and binders at this very moment.  It’s time to reclaim that space with a custom system from Closet and Storage Concepts.  A simple bench system placed in an entryway or mudroom is just the thing to tame that mess by storing shoes, jackets and those bulky backpacks.  Ready to get started?  Contact us today for your Free In-Home Estimate!

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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The Times They Are a Changin’

By jasonberlin - May 22nd, 2013

Now more than ever the home office is becoming a staple in the way business is done in the modern world.  Factors such as the price of fuel, overhead generated by leasing and the availability of mobile technology are all driving forces in this trend.  Anyone who has worked from home can tell you that balancing a work and home life can at times be chaotic.  Throw in a cluttered, uncomfortable work area and you have got yourself a serious problem.  The only solution is a well designed work space customized to fit your specific needs.  Our team of Closet & Storage Concepts representatives will happily provide you with a free in home estimate to get you back on track.  By utilizing current CAD (Computer Aided Design) technologies we are able to provide our customers with plans that are easy to understand complete with 3D renderings so there are no surprises come the day of installation.  Oh, and did we mention most installations can be completed in a single day?

Spring Into Organization

By jasonberlin - April 17th, 2013

Spring is here and there is no time like the present to get organized.  Spring cleaning can be a daunting task so we have compiled a few of our favorite tips to get you started and keep you moving in the right direction.

Don’t Rush.  There is no rule that says you have to finish everything in a day!

Start Small.  More than likely your home isn’t really dirty it’s just a little bit cluttered.  Start off by going room to room and focusing on getting everything off of the floors, coffee table and end tables that doesn’t belong there.

Purge.  Don’t be afraid to get rid of things.  If you can’t remember the last time you used it then you probably don’t need it.  If what you are getting rid of is in good condition consider donating it as opposed to throwing it away.

So Good To Be Green.  In most cases, harsh chemicals aren’t required to get the job done.  Whether you’re washing windows or cleaning floors there are plenty of tough yet earth friendly products available.

Change Your Filters.  Now that the heater is off and the windows are open there is no better time to replace or clean out your air filter.  While you are at it, clean out your dryer vent or hire a professional to come in and do it for you.

Don’t Forget the Garage.  The garage is by far one of the toughest spaces to organize.  It’s not that you can’t it’s just that you don’t have the means to do so.  With adjustable shelving and some customized slat wall we can provide you with the tools to organize your garage once and for all.  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

LIRA: REMODELING RECOVERY UNDERWAY AND PICKING UP STEAM

By jasonberlin - March 25th, 2013

CAMBRIDGE, MA – All signs point to a strong rebound for home improvement activity in 2013, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) released today by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. Robust spending in the second half of 2012 suggests the remodeling recovery is already underway, and the LIRA projects annual homeowner improvement spending will see accelerating double-digit growth through the third quarter of 2013. This news comes just ahead of the release of the Joint Center’s biennial remodeling report. [Read The Full Article]

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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Closet & Storage Concepts Receives Houzz’s 2013 ‘Best Of Houzz’ Award

By jasonberlin - January 23rd, 2013

Annual Survey and Analysis of 11 Million Monthly Users

Reveals Top-Rated U.S. Professionals

 

[Philadelphia, PA]  –  January 23, 2013 – Closet & Storage Concepts has been awarded  “Best Of Houzz” 2013 by Houzz, the leading online platform for residential remodeling and design.  The 26 year old custom closet company was chosen by the more than 11 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community.

The Houzz “Best Of Houzz” award for 2013 is given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Customer Satisfaction award winners are based on homeowner members who rated their experience working with remodeling professionals in 12 categories ranging from architects, and interior designers to contractors and other residential remodeling professionalsDesign award winners’ work was the most popular among the community of 11 million monthly users, also known as “Houzzers,” who saved more than 124 million professional images of home interiors and exteriors to their personal ideabooks via the Houzz site, iPad/iPhone app and Android app.

 

“Closet Design & Organization is ALWAYS in Style!”

 

“Houzz provides homeowners with an in-depth, 360-degree view of building, remodeling and design professionals through images of their work, reviews and an opportunity to interact with them directly in the Houzz community,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of community. “We’re delighted to recognize Closet & Storage Concepts among our “Best Of” professionals for design as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

With Houzz, homeowners can identify not only the top-rated professionals like Closet & Storage Concepts, but also those whose work matches their own aspirations for their home. Homeowners can also evaluate professionals by contacting them directly on the Houzz platform, asking questions about their work and evaluating their responses to questions from others in the Houzz community.

 

About Closet & Storage Concepts

For more than 25 years, Closet & Storage Concepts has been creating custom closet designs, manufacturing, and installing custom closet solutions for closet storage, mudroom, pantry, laundry room, garage, home office and more. We pride ourselves on the ability to listen to the client and determine their specific needs. During the complimentary consultation we will measure your space, assess your wardrobe, and develop custom closet designs that give the client efficient and attractive solutions. From reach-in closet organization to a walk-in closet, our solutions are for all your closet and other storage area needs.

 

About Houzz

Houzz is a leading online platform for home remodeling, providing inspiration, information, ‘advice and support for homeowners and home improvement professionals through its website and mobile applications. Houzz features the largest residential design database in the world, articles written by design experts, product recommendations, a vibrant community powered by social tools, and information on more than 1.5 million remodeling and design professionals worldwide who can help turn ideas into reality.

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