Love for the loft home

This is adapted from a comment I made a long while ago on An Exacting Life’s blog.

Yes to the following traits:

  • To be renovated from industrial or commercial space – TICK was once a technical school, and there’s all sorts of weird ceiling levels cause of it
  • To give the illusion it’s funky and real, and hasn’t always been chic real estate – TICK (well not entirely sure what was meant with this one!)
  • Industrial elements such as concrete floors or a garage door – TICK (but darn cold in winter, I have carpet on the stairs and in the loft bedroom)
Concrete floor and (a version of) a metal staircase

Concrete floor and (a version of) a metal staircase

  • A row of windows at least as tall as you are – TICK (though not as ‘character’ as I’d hoped, though I did just frost them… just glass sliding doors to my itty bitty balcony which is not common with a loft)
  • Wooden beams, and/or plumbing/heating pipes overhead, or commercial ceiling fans – :( NO (they’ve boxed in all the pipes, but every morning I shower ‘with’ my neighbours… as I hear each of them!)
Exposed beams in the dining area - and a glimpse of my pendant light (the art work is a temporary stop gap!)

Exposed beams in the dining area – and a glimpse of my pendant light (the art work is a temporary stop gap!)

  • Open floor plan – except for bathroom, I hope – TICK – only door other than the front door is for the bathroom (and living alone, I feel odd when I shut it (for company))
  • Room to hang massive artworks – TICK (not for the $$ to buy some! I have hung a scarf that’s almost a metre squared)
  • Pendulum lighting – TICK (I think… I changed from wall mounted, which is common in lofts, to two ceiling mounted pendant lights, looks great imo!)
  • Obligatory sounds of traffic and sirens, and ever-present light from street – YES! I have drug addicts and crazies bickering at all hours… but it’s all part of the charm!

And I have a car space (underground, luxury in the rain!). You made me feel oh so proud with my purchase (I sometimes still have buyers remorse!)

No to

  • Exposed brick on at least one wall – :( NO… could a ‘cover’ a wall in brick faces? Or wallpaper?
  • Salvaged materials such as glass block or bathroom tile – NO
  • Huge scale custom-built furniture such as bookcases or dining table – no… though the bookcase idea tickles me a little… The Dining table is just IKEA, but it’s stainless steel, like the kitchen!
  • Ladders or a metal spiral staircase (if there is an upper level, i.e. an actual “loft”) – :( NO, though I did try to source a ladder for deocartive purposes (old, wooden). I have a staircase, shown in the photo above
  • View of a fire escape and the wall of the next building – No – I have a large playing field… which is lovely. Exposed/external fire escapes are uncommon in Australia
  • Mid-century modern furniture (e.g. 1950s/60s/70s retro) – No, just not my style, though across the road from my building there are many vendors of exactly this kind of furniture and homewares

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