A design with a circular closet in the center of the house calls for some special techniques.
Synopsis: An interesting discussion of how the author makes curved frame-and-panel doors for both a circular storage closet and cabinets. Rails are steam-bent to a form, and he has a clever and easy way of making tenons. Illustrations give a good overview of the process.
Several years ago, I was hired to redesign a small, single-story house to accommodate a family of three. The bungalow had been chopped up into a number of little rooms, and the new owners wanted more convenience and openness. It was obvious from the start that storage was going to be a big problem in this 24-ft. by 28-ft. space, and I wanted to make use of spots that might otherwise be wasted.
I began by dividing the floor plan into quarters and drawing in corner cabinets. Then I sketched in the bathroom and a short hall to get to it, a process that transformed the four corner cabinets into a single discrete structure at the center of the house. This pushed me out on a limb. Putting major storage dead center in a house plan isn’t exactly a standard design solution. But it occurred to me to play with the idea of round storage space in place of the square closets or shelves, and I liked the result. With the rest of the house still laid out with straight walls, curves at the center would give it a sense of depth and spaciousness that might be surprising and delightful in such a small space.
Getting down to design details, I decided that the closet would be 7 ft. in diameter, containing kitchen storage, a linen closet and a bedroom closet, a sliding door pocket, and a bookcase. A short section of curved wall in the bathroom hall would be the arc of a…