Talk about convenience! This metallic stacked washer-dryer unit is tucked away in a closet (4.6 feet wide and 3.7 feet deep) right in the master bedroom. Note that the washer is raised up in order for a drain pan to fit (the doors are 84 inches tall), so it may be a stretch to reach the dryer controls, but a stool would work nicely. Best of all, that’s an Edgestar mini fridge on the left side, so there’s no reason for the owners to go downstairs when they need a cool drink or a snack.
In this finished basement in Vancouver, a bookcase-door opens to reveal a secretmedia room. The bookcase swings closed to shut out the light before viewing commences, via a remote control that is wired into the electrical system.
If you’re tired of looking at your well-used kitchen, consider this Australian version. Not only does it have a sleek, modern look, but once the folding doors are snapped closed, it disappears.
Why store your wine collection in the cellar? Keep it close at hand by stylishly stacking it in a narrow closet behind a sliding door. With the door closed, the wine will be kept out of the light while it ages. Try a bright door hue like the one here to add a pop of color to the room.
Perfect for entertaining, this tall pantry cabinet, fashioned out of solid maple and painted Benjamin Moore’s Decorators White, is decked out as a wine and coffee bar. On the left, individual niches make room for wine bottles with a mini fridge underneath. On the right, there’s a coffeemaker as well as china and glass storage.
Spa bathrooms are all the rage, but this one in a summer house in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, is something special. Not only is it absolutely gorgeous, with its artfully wallpapered walls and swirly mosaic tile floor, but it includes the homeowner’s own personal wood-lined sauna.
These reclaimed-oak barn doors, covered in a gleaming Waterlox tung oil finish, fit into a groove in the floor so they can be moved easily to cover the black void of a flat-screen TV. Just slide them closed when you’ve had your fill of football orMasterpiece Theater, and the doors become a design statement themselves.
Here’s a good solution for otherwise wasted space underneath a staircase in the foyer. Inside is a powder room; it could also be an ideal space for a coat closet. The door is made of the same wide painted poplar boards as the adjacent wall, so it practically disappears when closed.