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A Williamsburg Loft: Beauty in Sustainability

Here’s a beautiful loft project in Williamsburg, Brooklyn featured in Dwell some time ago. Any high quality renovation that is also environmentally responsible is a double bonus. The work features a great combination of reclaimed woods and LED lighting. The remodel also incorporates highly-efficient radiant heating, my preferred method for warming a home. The mid-century modern interior decor is a huge bonus.

An excerpt from a post that originally appeared on www.dwell.com on February 10, 2011

In the Loop

WRITTEN BY: MIMI ZEIGERPHOTOS BY: KEVIN COOLEY FEBRUARY 10, 2011

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN WE LOVE NEW YORK
Adrian Jones lived in his top-floor loft in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood for nine years before renovating. For a bachelor set designer, the 2,500-square-foot space was perfect: plenty of room for his studio and collections of books and art, big windows affording city views, and exposed brick tagged with graffiti.

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Adrian Jones and Allison Silverman sit at their reclaimed wood dining table.

Eco-mindedness is a matter-of-fact part of everyday life for the couple and the designer, Garrick Jones. “Sustainability comes from flexibility and planning for the long term,” Garrick says. “This is not a glammed-up loft.”

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When the door to the deck is open, air flows unhindered from the kitchen to the living room.

Garrick expanded the radiant heating and added a high-efficiency Fujitsu Halcyon ductless forced-air system for cooling.

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The forced air unit’s slim design lets it disappear on the office’s top shelf.

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“It was a natural choice,” says Adrian of using reclaimed and rescued wood. “I didn’t want to chop down a whole lot of trees.” The walls and ceiling are lined with planks of butternut harvested from diseased trees in Vermont.

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Using lumber milled from dead and diseased wood gives a second life to blighted forests, and the worm infestations result in beautiful hole patterns in the timber.

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Inspired by a photograph he spotted on how-to website Instructables and an idea from Adrian, Contractor Halit Dervishaj upcycled the scrap lumber into a large dining-room table, laminating together butternut, oak, and Plyboo for the tabletop and adding a simple metal base with legs that Adrian ordered online.

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Adrian wanted to bring a theatrical glow to the loft without using recessed lights or cluttering up the space with lamps. He consulted lighting designer and friend Paul Whitaker and found that linear LED covelights could provide low-wattage illumination with little maintenance.

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The resawn oak flooring comes from structural beams salvaged from a barn in Ohio’s Allegheny Mountains that dated back to the 1800s. The doors were salvaged from a mansion in Greenwich, Connecticut.

PROJECT
Jones / Silverman Residence

ARCHITECT
Ten to One Design Build
Braasch Architecture

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