A closet isn’t just a place for clothes. Well, it is, but it’s becoming more than that. A custom closet is a sure way to keep your belongings in order: neat, on display, or tucked away. A simple organizational tool like this can save you minutes in the morning when you’re in a rush to leave the house. But that doesn’t mean you should turn this into a DIY project. Instead, trust a professional.
Lancaster Custom Cabinets & Closets specializes in custom cabinetry and designs for all areas of the home, working with clients across the GTA to build products that suit their lifestyle and needs. The business was established in 2008, and with an experienced team – and a sales force with 60 years of combined experience – Lancaster has developed an extensive portfolio of projects in a short period of time, including an award-winning custom closet design.
We spoke with Dino Colozza, sales director for Lancaster Custom Cabinets & Closets, about the importance of hiring a professional to design and build a closet organization system.
To DIY or not to DIY?
Do-it-yourself enthusiasts can easily walk into a big-box store and purchase a closet organizer. Colozza admits it would cost less than having a professional design and build it, but the project requires accurate measurements and installation. After all, how many times have you worked on a project where you’ve had to purchase all the material and measure it over and over again to get it to the perfect length? That’s why it should be left to the cabinetry experts.
“The most important thing is to go to the customer’s home and take accurate measurements,” says Colozza. “We don’t put the onus on the customer to take their own measurements.” A designer will work with the client to determine what they want and envision.
What’s this about a 3D view?
Following the initial consultation, Colozza will invite them to the Lancaster showroom at 225 McNaughton Road East, Unit 4, in Vaughan, to give them the opportunity to visualize their new space.
“They can review the design on a 3D program and get a really good representation of what the project, the layout and design will look like,” he says. “The showroom opens up a whole new world with regards to colours, finishes and accessories. That’s where the client gets excited.”
Having a walk-in closet organizer – bigger closets formally known as dressing rooms – doesn’t have to be a luxury. Lancaster will work with a client’s budget to create what they need. “We’re not low-end and we’re not high-end,” says Colozza. “We can accommodate any budget in the marketplace.”
Closet organizers begin at $700 and increase based on client choices and accessories chosen – and there’s a lot of variety!
Clients looking for a simple closet organizer can opt for the “magic hang” closet system, a basic organizer suspended on the wall. Those looking to jazz up their closet space can do so with an island, crown moulding and lighting. The variety of add-ons speaks to the versatility of Lancaster’s designs.
Are you envisioning your dream closet? Here are some other great additions to include in your new closet:
- Angled shoe shelving
- Belt hooks
- Tie rack
- Jewelry drawer
- Pull out pant/scarf rack
One of Colozza’s dressing room designs received recognition from a closet magazine that awarded him the “Top Shelf” award for his design.
“To say you have award-winning designers [within the company] is fact,” he says of the Canadian-owned business.
“You’re dealing with professionals at Lancaster,” says Colozza. “We take pride in saying that.”
Are you ready to renovate the closets in your home? Check out Lancaster Custom Cabinets & Closets’ gallery on our website. Scroll through the image gallery and prepare to be inspired!