In the laundry room, what was once a utility closet is now a useful pantry. Pull-out drawers and wire baskets add to the pantry's functionality. The original swinging door was replaced with a barn-style sliding one, which takes up less room in the smaller space.
A corridor in the master bedroom suite of a Brooklyn, N.Y., townhouse maximizes storage and utility space with side-by-side closets. Wood floors and glass doorknobs are traditional touches in this functional space, while a beaded flush-mount ceiling fixture adds a touch of pizzazz.,
An obtrusive utility closet, just inside the front entrance, was removed to facilitate the creation of a welcoming foyer that flows naturally into the main living area. A soft, gray tufted sofa, high-backed wooden bench, chandelier and exposed beam vaulted ceilings all add to the inviting vibe of the space.
As seen on HGTV's Love It or List It, the Jowett family's basement gets a huge redesign. The use of white pickets in the staircase echoes the open feeling; contrasted by black chalk paint, adding a dynamic architectural detail to the room. Black chalk paint is repeated on the doors of the utility closet giving the kids loads of room for creativity.
While the residence was being rehabbed, the homeowner wanted to carve out a bit more flexible space that could be used for client meetings, as well as entertaining. Under the carport, an underutilized utility closet was reimagined as a bright studio by simply reversing the access so that the doors faced out onto the backyard deck rather than inside toward the carport. After adding French doors and skylights, the transformation was complete.