To some, Janice and Kevin Killelea's way of dealing with life changes might seem a little extreme -- they remodel their Dix Hills home. When elder daughter Courtney married, they redid the backyard. The latest remodeling was in response to the impending marriage of Kelly, their youngest child. They redid the master bedroom, bath and closet. They now have a dressing room and an impressive bathroom patterned after ones they saw and loved in Europe and Mexico.
"I wanted a 'Sex and the City' closet," says Janice, 56, a teacher, of the closet made famous by the HBO show and movie. She succeeded, as the pair of French doors from the bedroom open onto a room large enough to hold a dresser, full-length mirror, comfy chair and custom storage. "There is a place for everything."
Janice says Kevin Sr., 56, who owns an auto repair center, even keeps his side of the bedroom nice and tidy thanks to the closet. (Though she admits she isn't sharing 50-50.)
And that bathroom that has a massive shower and a bidet? Well, that is a nod to both their love of vacationing in Mexico and a trip to Europe. "I wanted a bidet because I wanted it to have a European feel," Janice explains.
What will happen when their last unmarried child, Kevin Jr., takes the plunge? Janice says she's not sure what her husband will want to do, but she's confident Kevin Sr. will respond to the empty nest by changing it.
A. CUSTOM CLOSET SYSTEM, $1,200
Purchased through Lowe's Home Improvement, Commack; installation (included in construction cost) by Jim Salazar, owner of JAS Remodeling of Dix Hills
B. PULLOUT VALET BAR, $27
A relatively new feature. Janice says being able to organize everything the night before makes getting dressed a breeze. From Lowe's
C. PAINT, included in construction costs
Benjamin Moore Decatur Buff, purchased and applied by contractor
D. HAT BOXES, $50
They add a fun, whimsical touch to the room. Purchased at a craft fair in Huntington
E. ACCESSORIES, $100
Includes statuary and signs from HomeGoods, Commack
F. VALET BUTLER STAND, $259
Kevin deserves at least one masculine touch. From Lowe's
G. SHOE CUBBIES, included in construction costs
No "Sex in the City" closet would be complete without them. Part of the closet package purchased through Lowe's
H. FOOTSTOOL, existing
It even matches the hat boxes.
I. REFINISHED WOOD FLOORS, included in construction costs
Done by contractor
J. WINDOW TREATMENT, $70
These give the room a finished look. Includes two panels ($60 for both) and a rod ($10), all from Bed Bath & Beyond. Installed by contractor
K. RECTANGULAR HAMPER, $30
It serves double duty as a side table and for clothing storage. From HomeGoods
L. CHAIR, existing
What respectable dressing room doesn't have one?
M. ARTWORK, $90
N. DRESSER, existing
It previously was in the bedroom.
O. LAMP, $50
P. OVAL HAMPER, $30
FRENCH DOORS, $400 (for two)
From Home Depot, Commack
CONSTRUCTION COSTS, $5,000
All work done by JAS Remodeling