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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

{Less Office Space in Return for Our DEEPER Reach In Closet...}

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On February 19, we did start with the renovation of our office and guest bed room, where we created a deeper reach in closet. One can easily do with less office space in return for a deeper reach in closet... What do you say?
Standing in the door opening, the closet from the guest bedroom is visible...
Built into the office, but we happily sacrificed this loss of floor space!
Husband Pieter used broomsticks and whatever, for hanging my clothes temporarily over the tub in the guest bathroom and over its bi-fold closet doors.
Out of the way and out of the DUST...
No need to use that bathroom anyway.
I did host a dinner on the 23rd of February and we had our dinner guests use the master bathroom instead.
This is the office before the wall got opened up.
Floor stripped bare before adding also a solid oak plank floor from Bruce.
Pieter had done all the preparation before the contractor took over.
Out came the wall and the carpenter is already putting the solid oak planks in place inside the deepened closet.
Looking into the closet from the office...
New light also will be placed from the ceiling and from above the inside of those bi-fold doors.
I never could find anything before and things were too tight inside.
February 20, the new walls are now closed up and the solid oak plank flooring is already laid.
New double outlet in wall.
Not done yet... sanding and caulking before the painter could finish up. 
View from the office into the hallway. Smokey our feline boy is sleeping in his pet bed...
New crown molding added at the top...
Photo from inside closet. You can tell how much has been added...
Yep, that much has been added. The exact same solid oak plank floor, which we had in the other rooms was no longer available. But when the white wire Shelf & Rod shelving is installed again, no one will see the difference!
Do you also love deep enough closets with plenty of light?
This narrow reach in closet almost became a walk in closet because we gained 16" or 41 cm!
Will show you the finished rooms next!


42 comments:

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    1. Theresa, Pieter sure is a handy man but this was done by a contractor. Husband Pieter did only do the preparation.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  2. We can never have enough storage, can we Dear Mariette? A beautiful and skillful renovation with lovely oak floors and crown molding. It is always so nice to have things organized and within easy reach and well worth all the trouble. I am looking forward to seeing the finished results. Hugs, xoxo

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    1. Dearest Karen,
      Oh, all the dust and work always pays of in a most rewarding way! Every time I'm getting something from my closet I stand there and think it is like a new home...
      Will show it soon.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  3. Dearest Mariette,
    how clever! It is good whewn you have the chance to make your storeag room bigger ;O) Great job they have done!
    Thanks again for your kind comments!
    Have a lovely new week,
    love and hugs
    Claudia

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    1. Dearest Claudia,
      Thanks for your kind comments as well; one of my very loyal readers.
      Enjoy the remainder of the week.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  4. Great job, Mariette! I like the floor and of course I like the new wardrove. Congratulations!

    Marina

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    1. Dearest Marina,
      Sure, I too love the new deeper closet as I have been able to organize things far better. Those floors are lasting 40 years they say; so we're all set!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  5. Liebe Mariette,

    ich bewundere die schöne Ordnung bei dir.

    Sonnige Grüße

    Elisabeth

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    1. Liebe Elisabeth,
      Danke, nur so kann man bequem leben jeden Tag. Schnell und übersichtlich alles finden und auch schneller zum sauber machen.
      Sonnige Grüsse zurück!
      Mariette

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  6. Dearest Mariette,
    Your husband Pieter used broom sticks and whatever for hanging your clothes temporarily over the tub in the guest bathroom and over it's bi-fold closed
    doors out of the way and out of the dust. after that Pieter had done all the preparation before the contraction took over..
    You are husband are working very will all the time.
    Have a wonderful Pieter with you!
    Michiko

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    1. Dearest Michiko,
      Sure I am blessed with a very good husband and thanks to God that he's still strong and healthy enough to do all the hard work!
      Hugs to you,
      Mariette

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  7. Dearest Mariette,
    WOW, what a big job your hardworking husband and you did for the renovation☆☆☆ We (ladies) do enjoy having many clothes, don'we♡♡♡ Looking forward to seeing the finished work, my friend. I think we cannot expect a better husband like Peter :)))

    PS> Thank you very much for your sweet mail. Knowing and showing ours are my first motivation for standing blog. Your blog always gives me insights my friend(^_^)v


    Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

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    1. Dearest Miyako,
      Well, this time my husband Pieter did not do all the work as we hired a contractor to do the new walls, the solid oak flooring and the painting. But the preparation for moving everything out and stripping the floor, was hard work too.
      Hugs from a sunny Georgia,
      Mariette

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  8. Dear Mariette,your husband did a great job!!He is so talented!We always need a new wardrove!!My daughter is living and working in Holland,and she bought me the Dutch waffles as many others gifts!Thank you for your kind comment on my blog!Have a wonderful week!Hugs!
    Dimi..

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    1. Dearest Dimi,
      Thanks for the compliments and even with the help of a contractor, my husband did work hard on it too. So glad you got to taste the Dutch stroop wafels and the Wilhelmina peppermints and more special things. Guess your daughter likes living and working there and it's not too far from Greece!
      Enjoy the remainder of your week too.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  9. Dearest Mariette .... pieter and you are amazing inspiration to maximize ones space. We are enjoying your home country (even with all the rain) did a day trip to Belgium (Bruges)... It was brilliant ... And of course the tulip fields was extrordinary . Sending you hugs and blessings from NL... C & G

    P.s. loved your Escada suit...

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    1. Dearest Celia & G,
      So glad your are enjoying my birth country; despite the rain. Presuming that you did visit the Keukenhof; the world's most beautiful spring garden. With the type of weather you now fully understand why things grow so lush there! Oh, Bruges is a great destination to go to and it is such a different culture. You for sure will come back to Canada full with special memories. That did bring us even closer together. Thanks for your 'Dutch' hugs and blessings!
      Many hugs back to both of you and enjoy and come home safe.
      Mariette

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  10. Liebste Mariette, dein lieber Mann Pietr ist ein wahres Genie und sehr geschickt.
    Ich liebe die Schränke, in denen man genügend Licht hat. Leider ist das bei uns nicht so üblich gewesen früher.
    Einen schönen Restabend wünscht Dir
    Irmi

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    1. Liebste Irmi,
      Oh du hast so Recht mit den Schränken früher. Mein Papa hat ein sehr grosser 'walk in closet' gebaut in unser Schlafzimmer (3 Mädel) und das war genial für den 60er Jahren. In Italien hatten wir nicht ein einziger Schrank eingebaut; das war schlimm. Hier in der USA ist es immer üblich aber es kann natürlich immer verbessert werden.
      Ja, Mannlieb ist sehr geschickt mit fast allem.
      Lieber Gruss,
      Mariette

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  11. Cara Mariette che lavoro grande ha fatto tuo marito!!
    Complimenti,sicuramente la vostra camera sarà bellissima!!
    Buon lavoro e felice giornata!!
    Sabry!!

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    1. Cara Sabry,
      Sì, mio marito Pieter ha fatto l'inizio e l'appaltatore ha eseguito molto bene. Sono molto felice con esso. Presto prenderò foto e mostrovi come la camera letto (ospite) c'è ora.
      Baci,
      Mariette

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  12. Liebe Mariette,
    ich habe schon davon gehört, dass Liebe Berge versetzen kann, aber Schränke! Du hast mit Pieter schon ein Goldstück.
    Liebe Grüße, Johanna

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    1. Liebe Johanna,
      Ja bestimmt habe ich mit Pieter ein Goldstück er kann fast alles alleine nur für die neue Wände hatten wir einen contractor und auch für den Dielenboden aus massiv Eiche.
      Sonnige Grüsse,
      Mariette

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  13. Sometimes I wish we could renovate our bathroom but since we rent I don't think that would go over very well..............lol

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    1. Dearest Jo-Anne,
      It all depends on how long you want to stay in that home and what the renovation is about... One needs to weigh things off before investing in it.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  14. Das wird bestimmt schön. Ich liebe eingebaute Schränke, bei uns in Griechenland ist dies noch üblich, aber hier in Deutschland leider nicht. Sollte ich jemals ein Haus bauen, werde ich jede Menge eingebaute Kleiderschränke und Schiebetüren haben ;-)

    LG Alexia

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    1. Liebe Alexia,
      Ja, wir kennen das mit den Schränken da es in Italien überhaupt keine gab und in den Niederlanden auch nicht viele. Nicht wie hier in der USA.
      Lieber Gruss,
      Mariette

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  15. Excelente post, muchas gracias por compartirlo, da gusto visitar este espacio. Te invito a visitarme en:
    http://leyendas-de-oriente.blogspot.com/

    Un gran saludo, Oz.

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    1. Querido Oz,
      Gracias por visitar mi blog y por comentar. Ya he vuelto el favor como veis.
      Cariñosamente,
      Mariette


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  16. Dearest Mariette,

    How are you, hoping you well,so happy to be back. Wow! a great job has done by your Husband Pieter,compliment.
    Very nice room I love that white wardrobe.
    Happy belated Easter and Pentecost to you and Pieter.
    have a great days
    hugs

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    1. Dearest Ayu,
      Welcome back! Also to you a very happy belated Easter and Pentecost; we should keep that spirit year round anyway!
      Enjoy your week.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  17. Mariette,sempre in attività!Complimenti a tuo marito!Baci,Rosetta

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    1. Cara Rosetta,
      Casi sempre in attività vero... Sono molto felice con mio marito che fa tutto!
      Baci,
      Mariette

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  18. Great !
    Greetings from Poland :)
    Katarzyna


    www.sajuki.blogspot.com

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    1. Dearest Sajuki,
      Thanks for your visit and I've visited you and admired your beautiful crocheted top. ART WORK!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  19. I've enjoyed looking through your blog. Come check out Sunshine Pen Pals and join the fun!
    http://sunshinepenpals.blogspot.com/

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    1. Dearest Donna B,
      Thanks for your visit and comment and I did check out your Google+.
      Enjoy the rest of the week.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  20. I saw your comment on Fabby's blog and had to come visit. Your closet looks fabulous! It seems that no matter what we always run out of closet space! The flooring was matched up nicely. Like you said when the clothing is hung who will notice the small shade difference. Your husband is inventive- I like how he found a way to hang the clothing!

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    1. Dearest Liz,
      Funny for meeting each other in Ecuador at Fabby's blog! We actually have been at the airport in Ecuador but never in the country...
      Welcome to my blog and funny enough I just did admire your new closet, build by your husband. We have things in common!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  21. Larger closet is always better and worth a little less office space :-)
    My boys won't use kitty bed like Smokey does. They rather nap on the floor or on the pile of laundry!

    I did not know Royce chocolate are in the U.S! Thank you for the info, I love their chocolate. The best is potato chips covered with chocolate. So yummy!

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    1. Dearest Tamago,
      You are right on that one. Funny how felines select to sleep. At times our kitty beds were filled up in an entire row inside the garage. I remember that one time when the UPS guy came inside and shook his head. It was winter though and they love to curl up in them. During spring, summer and fall they are more outside than inside (except or breakfast and supper and a snack in-between.
      Yep, Royce has now come to the US and it sure is GOOD chocolate!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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