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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.