"I worked with Steve on two different projects and both went very well. He is very knowledgeable, creative and responsive. He is an expert on closets as he has worked at both The Container Store as well as California Closets for many years. That expertise comes through as he knows what can be done, what is the most efficient use of space and logically how things should work together.
What I found the most helpful was how he creatively solved how to fit my personal items in the space I had. Lastly, he is incredibly responsive. He always responded within 24 hours of an email or phone call. I would highly recommend working with Steve."
Darcy H., San Francisco
"I live in San Francisco and need to make every square inch of my home be productive. I brought Steve Rothgery in to design several closets and he did a fantastic job sketching out an elegant yet practical concept for each room and explaining the rationale for his designs. He listens to his customers and their needs rather than simply applying a cookie-cutter solution.
When you speak with Steve, it's clear that he's been in the storage and design business for a long time and that he understands what works, what doesn't, and how to be space- and cost-efficient. For example, after designing a particularly tricky closet because of its limited space and depth, he also recommended a plastic container solution from the Container Store that fit perfectly in the available shelving space.
In the years after I first worked with Steve, I went back to him (I won't work with anyone else) several more times for additional closets, a storage unit to house children's art supplies, and a large shelving and storage unit for a laundry room. Steve is a professional in all regards: he's fast, smart, has a great design sense, and keeps it simple."
Greg M., San Francisco
The closet is fabulous! Andy did a great job and we couldn't be more pleased with how the closet turned out. Thank you for all of your work on this -- our closet is now a thing of beauty!
"The closets were installed Friday, May 7,2010 and far exceed my expectations. They seem sturdy. They look great--especially the wenge drawer fronts. The legs and knobs which I provided all match those on the home office and tie everything together beautifully.
All your measurements were spot on. The installer, Marvin, took great care to avoid nicking my Italian doors.
All in all I am very, very happy with the service and product."
My name is Margaret and Steve Rothgery just completed a California Closet in San Francisco for my huband and I. It is absolutely gorgeous and Steve is wonderful, exhibiting patiences and grace throughout the process as well as being a talented designer.
He was able to assess our needs and life style and compose a closet design that created function but also an aesthetic which matched our particular point of view perfectly. He was responsive at every turn, helping us with decisions regarding all the small details that have made this closet so special - from flooring to paint color to hardware - going above and beyond. He kew all along how beautifully the closet would turn our and he was correct. He created substantial hanging space but punctuated it with wonderfully designed cabinets and drawers. It's hard to describe without seeing it in person but the closet he created for us far exceeded our expectations and we are very pleased.
Ash and Israel, who installed the closet, we also wonderful to work with. The entire experience was consistently positive with minimal stress.
We would be happy to act as a reference for Steve and California Closets as we are very satisfied clients.
Margaret and Gene, San Francisco
Thanks again for expediting the arrival time of your install team today. Avi (our install technician) even made a call on the way in to alert us of his early arrival. And... I made it to my meeting on time! I really appreciate the efforts made on your end to accommodate our schedules; the result of your efforts really demonstrates your professionalism and the quality of California Closets as an organization.
The design you created will definitely suit our needs, and the result is lovely! Service was excellent all the way around! I'm looking forward to being in touch with you for future projects and also refeffals! Please pass my feedback along to your team.
Thanks again Steve and have a wonderful weekend!
Debbie, San Francisco
San Francisco, Marin, San Mateo
Complexity is the enemy of efficiency!
I approach storage and organization as an engineering problem. I strive to find the most efficient and targeted solution possible, focusing on what is both practical and appropriate given the space and the client’s needs.
I truly enjoy helping people get organized. I embrace the challenge to maximize use of a limited amount of space and watch the solution transform people’s daily lives.
In addition to our beautiful LAGO finishes, I truly appreciate the flexibility of our systems and the ability to create multifunctional solutions. This flexibility allows us to resolve a wide range of storage and organizational needs.
I grew up in the Midwest and graduated from Michigan State University. Before falling in love with the Bay Area, I lived in a number of amazing places including Chicago, Washington D.C, and New England. When not designing custom storage solutions, I spend most of my time enjoying the outdoors while rock climbing, surfing, and snowboarding. I have been in the storage and organization business since the late '90s. Prior to finding a career helping people get organized, I worked both on Capitol Hill and in corporate finance.