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Angie's List: Custom closets

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Customized closets are one of the hot-ticket items for remodelers this year. Experts say these high-end spaces are the latest trend and are good investments in your home.

You may have thought about what your "dream home" would look like, but what about your "dream closet?"

"For 2015, luxury closets are becoming one of the hot topics, so if you can put some money into your closet, as far as some upgrades, even basic ones, you're probably going to see that come back in a return on investment down the road when you're selling your house," said Angie's List founder, Angie Hicks.

Custom closets can be simple and also very elaborate to include things like mirrors and furniture. A fancy one could cost 3,500 dollars or more,
there are do-it-yourself options too.

"Design is really what's going to drive price, and the client has control of all of that. A lot of times I'll do a good/better/best option where I'll design the same space three different ways and let them navigate and figure out which one fits them the best," said California Closets Designer, Jennifer Phelan.

If you work with a professional, expect to pay an hourly rate of 55 to 85 dollars. If you choose the D-I-Y route, do your research and know what you want to accomplish. The time and effort can produce amazing results!

"You're in your closet a lot. On average, probably 50 times a week, and better organized closets are going to make things much more easy to find, and closet companies can do things on any level of budget, so be creative," said Hicks.

Experts say one common upgrade is to place hanging rods at two different levels to maximize your hanging space. Adding cubbies and shelves will help organize your shoes and accessories.

"If you have double-hanging, you want to hang your pants at the top and your shirts at the bottom. It's kind of the reverse of the way you dress. Another feature would be to put your shoes at eye level. Don't put them on the floor or underneath things, kick them around. They're going to get damaged that way," said Phelan.

More expensive custom closets can include several features that mimic an upscale boutique. But for most of us, a better arrangement that gives us more space will make our closet make-over a huge success.

Angie Hicks says if you're upgrading on your own. Don't forget about the lighting, which can add a whole new feel to the closet and help you appreciate your newly remodeled space.

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