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Loft Makeover

A slideshow of an urban loft makeover, featuring beautifully designed home living spaces

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    • Industrial Living Room

      The homeowner wanted the charm of a historical loft and the convenience of modern design. One reason the space works so well is that the living room furniture and industrial materials make a statement throughout. The upper-level location of the living room takes advantage of city views through the bank of windows. Plumbing pipes make simple, industrial-look drapery hangers, and slipcovers give a fresh look to a pair of wing chairs. Australian cypress floors were engineered to fit the space.

    • Funky Kitchen

      Metal cabinets the homeowner had in mind weren't tall enough to provide adequate storage. Instead, custom wood kitchen cabinets were spray-painted to achieve a retro-look metallic finish. The eco-friendly cork flooring is easy on the feet and a good noise insulator, too.

    • Staircase and Mudroom

      The new steel staircase was welded off-site as one piece and required a crane to set it in place through a hole cut in the roof. Sunflower-color rubber forms the treads. On the main level the homeowner decided she didn't need a full bathroom, so she turned the shower space into a kitchen pantry. Plenty of mudroom storage defines the space under the new staircase.

    • Elegant Dining Room

      A mix of modern and high-back slip-covered chairs surrounds the rustic dining room table, and custom built-ins house collectibles. The space doubles as a meeting room for conferring with clients. The homeowner intentionally left the plumbing and heating pipes exposed, and the ductwork, painted dark gray, is visible throughout the space.

    • Cozy Home Office Design

      Tucked between the master bedroom and the living room, this cozy niche features practical and modern home office furniture—a refurbished desk and chair and a cloth-covered bulletin board.

    • Master Bedroom

      Privacy and storage are hard to come by in loft spaces. The homeowner solved this problem by adding a big walk-in closet next to the master bathroom. She also installed custom glass-and-steel doors on barn tracks that slide open and shut as needed. Because they don't swing open like regular doors, they are also great space-savers. Minimal bedroom furniture keeps the space simple.

    • Eclectic Bathroom Design

      The homeowner created her own look by juxtaposing old and new materials and traditional and contemporary styles. Solid-surfacing countertops, such as this one, are practical and sleek, and the plumbing is exposed for an industrial feel. The bathtub is cast-iron in a contemporary wood base. Clear glass shower tile is a nice foil for gray porcelain flooring.

    • Rooftop Deck

      The Grand Rapids skyline is visible from the rooftop terrace, where comfortable deck chairs offer a place to sip a favorite beverage and watch the sunset. Rooftops make great living spaces, with views of the city and the river, and no yard to maintain.

    • House Floor Plans

      A radical interior reworking turned a vacant industrial loft into a colorful, eclectic home overlooking Michigan's Grand River. Exposed beams and pipes in the ceiling create a chic warehouse-meets-real-house effect. A large, open kitchen was created on the lower level. A new steel staircase was constructed to lend drama to the front entry and provide access to the upper level, which became the main living space to make the most of a large bank of windows that captures views across the city and the river.

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