Renovation Education: The NYC Loft Renovation

Renovation Education: The NYC Loft Renovation

Lofts are on my mind these days.  I love the variation of home environments that are created in these re-purposed industrial or warehouse spaces throughout the world. Of course, New York City has some of the best ones. It’s hard to narrow down the design talent but a few I came across lately deserve some attention.

First, some education, which I needed myself, on what exactly is a “loft” as it relates to residential construction and renovation.  Archello defines it as “the conversion of an industrial space or attic into a liveable area, wherein the roof is often utilized as a ceiling and natural light source.” In the world of architecture, real estate, design, and construction the term loft has been stretched a bit to include re-purposed space with generous ceiling heights.  What do you think of when you hear the term “loft”

Here are some of my favorite examples:

Soho Loft

A SoHo loft with beautiful arched windows, exposed structural elements, ridiculously high ceilings and gorgeous dark floors.

Artwork in New York City Loft

Big walls and lots of natural light are perfect for large artwork. One quirk of loft living is having to work around structural elements like support columns.

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Light and airy. The wood flooring laid diagonally creates a subtle but strong statement.

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West Village Loft Renovation by IX Design as seen in Freshome Design & Architecture. More quirky spaces which lend themselves to bold statements for the modern designer.

New York Loft

Exposed timber structure and brick walls with a dark wood floor make a great canvas for a talented designer. I absolutely love this space which allows for so many configurations.

27 North Moore Living Area

A loft renovation I coordinated a couple of years ago on North Moore Street in Tribeca. The wide plank floors were a little tricky to install because of the humidity levels at the time. This was formerly an ice warehouse. What you can’t see are the great barrel vaulted ceilings between the concrete beams.

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A dramatic NYC loft living area designed by Milly de Cabrol as seen in Architectural Digest

Tribeca Loft by Fearon Hay Architects. I am loving the black and white  color scheme, all that natural light, and the stunning pendant lighting.

Tribeca Loft by Fearon Hay Architects. I am loving the black and white color scheme, all that natural light, and the stunning pendant lighting.

Further Reading:

Archello – Visionary Lofts

MessageNote – 8 New York Lofts

Architectural Digest – A New York City Loft Decorated by Milly de Cabrol

New York Times – In Williamsburg, A Loft Renovation Based On Reuse

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