In transforming this 1891 industrial loft into a new home, we were tasked with creating a modern but warm family home while keeping and reusing as many original elements as possible. With original windows running the length of the space on both the east and west sides of the loft, we were able to take advantage of the vast amounts of natural light and ventilation, creating a large light filled living area. Refinishing the existing original hardwood floors, exposing the original brick walls and the heavy timber construction were vital to the design of the space. We reused original vintage plumbing fixtures and radiators from the space, and were able to obtain many salvaged items. Reclaimed wood and steel pieces were used to make custom built ins. Sustainable quartz countertops, high efficiency plumbing fixtures and appliances, and low VOC paint were among the new materials that were used.
The Loft residence is situated on the 6th floor of the Rowe Building in the architecturally significant Historical Landmark neighborhood of Printing House Row. Built in 1891, the building was initially a printing equipment shop serving the neighborhood. It has been reconfigured into a series of timber lofts each inhabiting an entire floor, and every unit includes a wall of windows along both the east and west facades, bringing in much light and natural cross ventilation.
We transformed this generously scaled unit into a family home by weaving intimate niches among the expansive open areas typical in a loft. The spacious open kitchen and main living space run along the entire east side, while the bedrooms and sunroom inhabit the west. The office, library, and hidden painting studio stitch the fabric of the two sides together. Natural light and ventilation flood the main social spaces and bedrooms, while filtered light bathes the interior spaces.
With no outdoor space available to the unit, we designed an atrium filled with foliage enclosed by glass with exterior windows on one side and a new interior wall of industrial glass on the other, making a stunning focal point.
We kept the character and charm of the existing loft space, and introduced a personal touch with items from the client’s years of travel and collecting. By working with the existing attributes of the loft and adding custom furniture pieces, we’ve created a warm, inviting and eclectic mix of old and new.