building a closet question
I have an L shaped basement and we are finishing the Âsquare partÂ, the rectangular part that completes the ÂLÂ will be done later. When you come down the stairs you are in the ÂsquareÂ. Look right and you see the back wall of the basement. Extreme left is a wall with a door (leading to my work room) perpendicular to the back. There is then about 7 feet of empty space followed by a water heater then a slop sink then our washer and dryer. The dryer actually sits in the opening to the ÂLÂ portion of the basement.
Anyway, the 7 foot section would make a perfect closet. Two three foot follow core sliding doors would work well here. I measured and a second set of three foot sliding doors would nicely Âhide the water heater and slop sink as well. My wife does not want any doors in front of her washer/dryer thoughÂbegrudgingly she might accept an accordion type door but she let me know it would likely be left open all the timeÂhell itÂs a basement!
Anyway, I like the idea of the 2 sets of doors hiding the water heater and slop sink AND hiding a seven foot wide, three foot deep closet. My question is regarding construction.
My idea is really to just build a front wall (if you can call it that) that holds my four sliding three foot hollow core doors. I am not looking to add anything perpendicular to the back wall to partition the closet from the water heater/slop sink or the water heater / slop sink from the washer and dryer. For one, I like the idea of having the area by the water heater open on both sides for ease of replacement or repairs. Also, weÂd like the area between the washer and slop sink opened since clothes are hung above the washer/dryer/slop sink right now.
My thought was to build three ÂrisersÂ, each 8 inches wide with a pressure treated base plates screwed into the concrete floor and a top plate nailed into a stubby wall section that drops from my rafters/joists. This drop would be about 8 inches and run about 20 feet long. The risers would support (?) the stubby 20 foot x 8 inch wall above. One riser would be at the extreme left, a second around the water heater area and a third around the washer area Â but not blocing the washer. Eventually weÂd need to do something at the other end by the dryer.
Anyway, is this a safe structure build? Are there code issues? Would it support the four 36" hollow core sliding doors? Would I have to build the stubby 20 foot by 8 inch high walls with 2 x 20 x 4s or I could I use 2 x 10sÂagain, all this is nailed into the rafters/joists above.
Lets be honest, this all just acts as a fancy ÂcurtainÂ along the back of the basement but would make things look better while still allowing access to everything if necesary.