Need help: MIL had closet built in our spare room

posted 4 months ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
6507 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

You’re far more trusting than I would ever be. And how could she possibly make your closets bigger while working INSIDE the existing closets? She would either have to expand them or add closet space somewhere else. 

Regardless, I do not think the closet space was even done well, with space hidden behind other shelving. It is not how I would build a closet room, but that’s beside the point, as you don’t want a closet there at all. Have it removed, and be personally responsible for the work on your home from now on. Without having ideas drawn up on paper, it is impossible to tell what someone else is picturing.

Post # 3
1358 posts
Bumble bee

  Remove it. I’d eat the cost because you didn’t give her guidelines… 

Post # 4
6776 posts
Busy Beekeeper

So you thought she was going to redesign your existing closet(s) to make them more efficient and she did this instead? Major communication fiasco. Can you use any of this inside one of the closets? 

Post # 5
9736 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

I never would have agreed to let someone put anything in my home without me seeing and approving it first. I would pay to remove it myself, because this was a communication error and you did give her the go-ahead.

Post # 6
837 posts
Busy bee

Is the door now being prevented from fully opening? Pretty sure that’s a safety/building code issue. Not to mention the closet pieces aren’t utilizing the space properly. Not sure who did the work, but this doesn’t look professionally done and isn’t functional. Sorry Bee, but I agree, this is pretty bad.

There’s no need for her to cry, just tell her that room is earmarked for grand baby’s (that’ll make her happy!), and that you will try to find a way to use the shelving pieces in another room. 

Post # 7
1680 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

Did you let your contractors do whatever they wanted without your approval when you were remodeling?  I don’t think so.  You always had a good idea of what they were going to do.  A simple “what’s you plan?” would’ve saved everyone so much heartache.

So take this as a lesson learned and eat the cost of taking that stuff down.  


Post # 8
709 posts
Busy bee

I would have it redone, bee. Not her fault, so you should bear the financial responsibility. You live, you learn. 

But man, $300 for that, even a shoddy job, would be a steal where I live. 

Post # 9
987 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: City, State

I would wait 30-60 days and then have it redone.  You may HATE it now, but after a couple of weeks, there may be elements of the closet you really like… or you may change your mind completely.  If it’s not in your way, a little waiting might be helpful.


Post # 10
4225 posts
Honey bee

In the first photo it looks like there’s a door that won’t open.?? Unfortunately this is just a lesson for you; don’t trust someone else to implement your vision unless you’re with them every step of the way. Just have the organizer pieces removed. Maybe they can be used elsewhere. 

In our 2nd house we had a cedar closet made in the basement to store extra clothes like ski wear and coats because the closet space in the rooms were less than ideal.

Post # 11
3796 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2019 - City, State

Even if you wanted this room turned into a closet, I wouldn’t like this layout. The corner where the 2 sections meet, looks like they’re too close for you to hang anything on the rack that tucks beside the other section! Once you have clothes hanging, the room will be substantially smaller and darker. I would see if the sections can be moved into existing closets, or if they could apply some of her money to organizers that go IN your closets. I would be really upset about this too. I’m sorry OP!

Post # 12
13685 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Oof, that’s pretty bad.  I would remove it but I think you need to eat the cost.  You gave her carte blanche to make improvements to your house when you weren’t there, so it’s partially your fault.

Post # 13
819 posts
Busy bee

Yea agreeing to let someone work on your house when you’re not there is a little crazy.. but do you have a garage or basement where this could potentially be moved to?

Post # 14
999 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2019 - City, State

Yikes, yeah no. I feel like it could have been done WAY better. Maybe a cabinet along a wall that’s a foot or so deep? Idk. Man. 

Post # 15
606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2019 - City, State

You should pay to have it removed.  This is a lesson learned that about boundaries and in-laws and letting anyone in your house while you aren’t there.  Your Mother-In-Law meant well but it isn’t her house.

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