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A magnificent use of kneewalls

This studio space serves the clients needs for her custom card making hobby. The drawers in this image are built-ins which get progressively deeper as they get closer to the floor, taking full advantage of the depth behind the kneewall. The bottom drawer is on full extension drawer slides and can pull out for 42" of useful depth!
Renovation/Addition. Rob Karosis Photography

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pepermintpatty wrote:
cape cod walls are great but hard to work with for us - we have a wall that narrows is slanted and goes back all the way down. Would this type storage work for this wall--would I need to put it all the way across. Would appreciate any help -we have a wasted wall and need more storage thanks
     Comment   September 25, 2013
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The bookcases are pulled into the room about a foot, which allows a decent drawer depth for the top drawer. These are custom built, so we had the cabinet maker install progressively deeper drawers, with full extension drawer slides. These bottom drawers are over three feet deep and takes terrific advantage of the unused space behind the knee walls. Good luck with your project.
September 27, 2013 at 8:40AM        Thanked by pepermintpatty
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R&M Construction/Royal LePage Lakes of Muskoka wrote:
Omg! I love the pulls, best use ever, where are they from????
   Comment   May 28, 2013
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Our client collected these over the years and repurposed them for this project.
May 29, 2013 at 11:45AM     
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Kelli wrote:
How do you insulate behind this knee wall? - I would love to do this but I live in Alaska and wonder how to insulate the area behind the built-in to keep the cold out. Could I use foam board? Thank you
     Comment   April 7, 2013
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Here, the insulted building envelope is the roof system through the floor system or ceiling of the garage below. If it is all well insulated you should be fine since the kneewall is just there because the usable space become negligible since the rafters sit on the edge of the floor. Check with a local builder about your rafter insulation. You could use foam board, but it would be good to spray foam in place to avoid air infiltration. Good luck!
April 10, 2013 at 12:31PM     
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isaacmax wrote:
Where can I have similar built in drawers with extension of 42 inches made? I live in New York. Thank you.
   Comment   February 5, 2013
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Contact any skilled cabinet maker and they can build them for you.
February 19, 2013 at 5:58PM     
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bdiddy10 wrote:
what is the color of the walls?
   Comment   August 17, 2012
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The paint in this studio is from the Donald Kaufman Color collection (by Pratt & Lambert). The wall and ceiling color is DKC-62, Latex Flat, the trim and cabinets are DKC-51 Alkyd Satin.
Hope that helps!
August 17, 2012 at 7:07AM     
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leslimash wrote:
Adore the pulls w/labeling inserts - source?
   Comment   July 2, 2012
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These pulls were part of the client's collection of Salvage pulls which she accumulated over many years.
July 3, 2012 at 8:07AM     
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tdobester wrote:
Where can I buy this rug?
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Our client had this in her collection. I am not sure where you can get one like this.
April 6, 2013 at 11:58AM     
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