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Old 09-04-2013, 05:02 PM   #1
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Hi all
Photos below are of our back entry - mostly a big waste of space.
What I want to do is build in some storage to make the most of the space.
The steps are the way they are (and can't be changed) because the top step houses the airconditioning duct pipes.

I want to have a tall cupboard on the left built into the corner for broom storage. I figure we can just leave a hole in the back to access the aircon control panel.
Then some cupboards or shelving with a bench top, similar to the freestanding one in the pic. Door to the hallway is to the right so need to leave enough space to get furniture etc through.
Any suggestions on design?
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Old 09-04-2013, 06:53 PM   #2
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Other than the broom storage, what do you imagine will be stored there?

I can picture an open or glass faced china cabinet, or standard kitchen type cabinets. Or a bench with storage space for boots/shoes/gloves might be nice since it is next to an exterior door.
I'd start with some careful thought as to how you expect to use it and go from there.

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Old 09-04-2013, 07:09 PM   #3
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You can not cover up that thermostat.
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Blondsense: I was thinking more of everyday things like fish food, vacuum cleaner bits, candles, games, hats, gloves etc etc.
Kitchen/living up the steps. Bedrooms/bathrooms down the hall to the right.
This area comes in directly off the back verandah and the dog sleeeps here as well.

joecaption: the 'thermostat' is only the control panel - basically just an ON/OFF switch. I wasn't going to cover it, just build the cupboard around it so it can still be accessed by simply opening the cupboard door.

I would like to keep a bench sort of top like what I have now to chuck stuff on when you come in the back door but am also thinking a couple of drawers would be good as well.
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The thermostat would have to be moved.....it needs to be in a spot that sees good air flow that represents the average temp in the room.....that spot does not look to be a very good place to begin with unless the return duct is above it.

It that was my space.....the whole wall would be covered.....I do woodworking as a hobby so I can think of several things I could do...

For one....I would have a built in bench....with shoe storage under it. The one end would be open....and the other end where the stairs are would be cabinets...including space for a broom and vacuum
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How long is that wall? Looks like your ceiling is about 9 foot tall?
Also, how many inches is there -- from the end of the wall on the
a/c switch? ... and from the outside edge of the bottom step to the wall? (12"?) How many inches high is the bottom step?
(6"?)

Are you handy with woodworking, or are you going to contract it out?

From what you said, I get a feel of what your objective is...
I'm not a professional designer,
however, we've designed and built lots of cabinetry for our own house.

Over the weekend, I'll be happy to sketch up (by hand) a rough drawing of what
I would like -- and if you like it, you can adjust it to your needs.
do you want it to include a bench area? Do you want any open shelves
for decorative stuff/books or do you want it to be solely functional with all cabinets for storage?

You have a great space there.

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Hi, Here's my drawing...I did it in 1/4" scale
I guestimated your wall size -- 7 1/2 wide
and ceiling height--9 foot.

...The cabinet came out to
about 6 foot wide x 92" high'
three seperate units bolted together.

The center unit (B) is 40" wide
The two end units (A & C) are 16" wide

The ned units are 12" deep
Center unit is 15" deep
The bench seat is 21" deep
The bookshelf is 10" high
There is a swing up door over the bookshelf
that is 6" x 40" x 15" deep.
the bench seat is 40" x 21" (see side drawing)

The end units look like two doors, however
they are one door made to look like two.

I left about 9" of wall space on either side of the end units.
If there is enough room to make it bigger, I would like to see
the end units 18" to 20" wide if possible.

The panels in the center can be either flat or raised panels.
The rails and styles can be about 2 1/4" wide.

There is about a three inch space from the cabinet to the floor.
I made bun feet, cause I like bun feet.

The crown molding is 3" -- the molding under the crown
molding is about 3" as well.

I love that pig painting and be installed under the bookshelf if desired...

Anyhow, this is all just a suggestion...
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This is where I gathered my inspiration from,
a cabinet that we made for our family room.
I happen to like the top molding.

The center cabinet on our cabinet is only
about 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 inches further out than
the end cabs.

I hope this gives you an idea of what my flat
drawing would look like...as the molding on my
drawing doesn't have as much detail.
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I taped the pic to the kitchen cabinet so that I
could take a pic of it...The head knot saw my drawing this morning
and said you better put "NTS" on it...he said, my scale is off.

oh well, I'm sure you get the idea...Actually, it's a lot better than
the drawings I give him, at least I tried and used graph paper.

BTW, everytime I give him a rough sketch, he says, "I want shop
drawings!" well, that's never gonna happen.
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If you Google "mud room ideas" under images, you'll get a lot of inspiration from locker type storage to shelving, benches, cabinets and more. Kinda makes me wish I had a mud room.
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Thanks all for your suggestions. I appreciate them.

As I said earlier the switch box is NOT a thermostat. That is behind the wall where the box is.
The box is simply the ON/OFF switch so it is OK to enclose it (we have already checked this!)

So a broom cupboard on the left and shelving with a bech top on the right?
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