We just received another fabulous project from Jordan Mcnab, who worked with handy friends and family to create this double height vintage modern loft in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The loft is located in the Mecca loft building of Mt Pleasant’s up and coming Brewery Creek district. Showcasing 1,350 square feet of living space, the loft includes; two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a roof top patio, a secret door to a hidden office, and a stunning view of Grouse Mountain. Having been pregnant with their first child, Katie and Jordan Macnab, had to think about the future when designing the functionality of the space without losing any cool factor. That being said, they definitely still wanted to keep it industrial and lofty and worry about baby proofing later. With only six to renovate their newly bought Vancouver loft as they prepared to welcome their son, Gray, into the world, Jordan took on a lot of the work himself. But he also turned to friends and family to help with new lighting, cabinets, plumbing and more.
Check out Jordan and Katie’s first loft they designed together, here.
The main living area in the loft was previously one large, open space. Jordan framed off a portion of it with a reclaimed-wood wall to create a home office, then built a new bedroom for baby Gray above it, which is accessed through the sliding barn door. (Jordan’s uncle is a building inspector in a nearby city and came over to check on his structural work.)
To paint the 18-foot ceiling, he lay down on scaffolding with a spray gun while a friend pushed him around.
Floor-to-ceiling windows offer views of the north shore of Vancouver and nearby mountains. Another friend of the couple’s made the living wall at the end of the stairs.
He warmed up the white and grays with reclaimed barn wood that he got from a friend who owns a reclaimed-wood company. He built the dining table top from the same wood. He had another friend build the sprinkler pipe legs. And yet another friend invented the Stact modular wine rack to the right.
The light fixtures are from Ikea; Jordan’s in-laws helped rewire them so they could hang from the high ceiling.
Jordan installed the wood wall himself, gluing and nailing the various slats to the wall that he framed. A secret door, seen here opened slightly, leads to the home office and a Murphy bed for guests.
Because they worked with friends and family and did much of the work themselves, the couple says they were able to complete the renovation for $50,000.
The kitchen cabinets are a matte gray woodgrain with pure white Quartz countertops from Canadian Countertops. Backsplash is a simple flat white subway tile. All appliances are KitchenAid
Jordan tore out the original retro architectural walls and built a new wall with an inset for the bed, which showcases a piece of art (a wedding gift) from Linzy Arnott. Behind the wall is a closet and a new en suite bathroom. The window to the left of the bed connects to the shower. The frame on the bed pops up to reveal storage underneath. “In a loft you’ve got to get creative with storage,” he says.
The old window frames on the wall show the seating chart for the Macnabs’ wedding. “We haven’t erased it yet. We’re still holding on to it a bit,” Jordan says.
The baby barn was positioned beside the master loft to keep baby Gray close but not too close. The barn door track was sourced through the states at Rustica Hardware.
For Gray’s room Jordan made the light fixture from the same reclaimed barn board as seen previously and had his in-laws wire it up with jam jar light fixtures.
His mom created the reverse painting of a tree on the wall in the baby’s room. She taped off the design, Jordan painted the wall gray, and then they removed the tape. See video below for details on how this was done!
Photos: Dan Stone
We just received photos of this Greenwich Street penthouse loft project, a former warehouse transformed by Turett Collaborative Architects into a live-work space, located in Manhattan, New York. The warehouse offered the architects the opportunity to blend modern New York with its historic past. The spacious open floor plan had originally been used as a painter’s studio. Except for a small kitchenette and bathroom, the bare, open penthouse loft revealed exposed brick walls and a topography of ceiling joists supporting the roof above. The space offered an abundant amount of light thanks to both western and southern exposures flooding into the interior.
The raw and open space allowed the architects to create discreet zones within a larger space. The architects worked closely with the clients, bringing a thoughtfully designed, handcrafted living and work environment tailored to an expanding TriBeCa family.
Access to the upper living spaces is provided by a custom blackened steel and oak ship’s ladder that sits discretely off the main foyer entry giving the couple the opportunity to go straight to work without ever disturbing the continuity of private life in the spaces below. The soaring 17-foot ceilings, abundance of wood-framed windows, and custom Arrigoni wide-plank Bavarian oak floors envelope a vast and open entertaining expanse.
At the south end of the loft is a two story glass and steel wall that allows light to flood into the loft from the south, while defining the master bedroom suite in its own separate wing. A split bedroom layout offers two bedrooms at each end, with the master suite commanding an enormous dressing room/closet and equally huge private bath.
The suite is composed of both a double height master bedroom and den which can be used simultaneously when the door between them is opened. A custom blackened steel surround on the bedroom side includes a sliding panel when privacy is desired. When required, curtains along the glass wall in both the master bedroom and den can be drawn to allow for complete and total privacy.
One end of the dining room features a 6 foot long gas fireplace while the other is anchored by a built in piece of millwork that acts both as a credenza for storage of plates and linens on one side, and an a/v cabinet on the other with a concealed TV that can be raised with the touch of a button. A structural glass skylight directly above the dining area floods the room with additional light from the outdoor terrace above.
It was the client’s desire that the kitchen be the heart of the space. Cooking and entertaining for family and friends is an integral part of the client’s private life. As such, the kitchen island is center stage and a central monitoring point for a growing family of four. The dining room, and living room spaces are immediately adjacent to the kitchen.
Designed in conjunction with Poliform of Italy, the white acrylic cabinet surfaces, calacatta marble counters and sleek Gaggenau appliances provide the backdrop to the act and art of cooking, one of our client’s passions. Small touches like the custom calacatta chevron mossaic backsplash and concealed outlets that pop up from the main kitchen countertop island add distinctly personal touches.
A glass sided rooftop pavilion brings light and connectivity into the inner reaches of the living space below. Surrounding the pavilion is an amazing 1500 square foot outdoor terrace. The pavilion helps to partition the space off into four discrete zones: an outdoor living room, formal dining area, sunbathing deck and outdoor kitchen and bar. Custom built and fully landscaped, this outdoor oasis features Ipe wood decking, a custom Wolf stainless steel BBQ, full kitchen, and irrigated Ipe planters bursting with lush plantings – oh, and magnificent views of both the city and Hudson River.
Both the glass structural skylight above the dining room and the glass and steel pavilion transmit soft, glowing light from the interior space below.
More generous ceiling heights above the two bedroom cores created an opportunity for two home offices. These upper spaces are encircled by starfire frosted glass guardrails allowing walls below to blend seamlessly with the glass above.
TCA was commissioned to custom design each of their work stations. Each desk is comprised of a tapered blackened steel tube base with cantilever arms that support the desktop surface, hovering above, on pins located at the end of each arm. To add to the sense of lightness the desktop surface, made of lacquered mdf, is beveled back to reveal an imperceptibly thin edge.
Duravit sinks, luxurious marble baths with radiant heat floors, steam showers and deep soaking tubs create spa-like bathrooms.
The closet acts as a buffer space between the master bedroom and bath whose walls are entirely clad in slabs of Calacatta marble. The tub is the centerpiece of the bath with a waterfall tub filler emerging from the enclosing stone walls. Immediately next to the tub is a wall of glass which conceals the private toilet compartment and a steam shower with an integrated stone bench. The floor and wall niches in the wet areas features the same custom Calacatta chevron marble found at the kitchen backsplash. A custom oak vanity and mirror wall with integral cove lighting completes the spa like experience.
Photos: Courtesy of Turett Collaborative Architects
Bridge Loft II is a spacious two storey industrial penthouse loft with trendy glamor, located in the DUMBO district of Brooklyn, New York. This residence offers two bedrooms and two bathrooms, a rooftop terrace with a garden to enjoy the spectacular city views and plenty of amenities. If you would like to stay here, the home sleeps 4-6 people, with a minimum stay of five nights, from here.
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Brooklyn may have transformed its industrial hide for a newer and trendier outfit, but down under the Manhattan Bridge overpass – that’s “DUMBO,” if you please – things haven’t gone soft. In Water Street, two bedroom and two and-a-half bathrooms inject a craft polish into this an aesthetic composed of cement on steel, soaring ceilings, and two stacked storeys of wide-eyed windows announcing an unmistakeable industrial loft legacy. Industrial, spacious, but with trendy glamor Water Street is adorned with plush furnishings, hide throws, and fine art fixtures that speak to an attentive, hand-moulded sweetness – a homage to craft, hand-made sensibility and the eclectic flair of artsy DUMBO. Space is no object here – peer out over sweeping vistas of the East River and twinkling Manhattan beyond to see for yourself.
Your hosts are a family of inventive New York City natives, trailblazers of industries both aural and spatial. Long-time residents and lovers of DUMBO in particular, over the years they’ve labored to shape a cozy and distinctive home here in Brooklyn’s creative boiler room.
Elevator doors part to deliver you directly into penthouse-level Water Street, a well-oiled machine fueled on the eclectic. Two storeys’-worth of picture windows soar unobstructed in places, making for an airy, atrial feel. Cool your engines on the lower of the two floors, where the sage- and smoke-grey kitchen, living room, and dining room come together in a loosely woven warp and weft. Sprawl at shift’s end on the sun-warmed Dunbar sofa, or feast like a steel baron by the city lights (or the light of a modern, smoked glass chandelier). Shift gears to the second floor, where a cozy, coal-colored den is stocked with books and arresting, changeable vistas – all the raw materials necessary to fire up a dreamy diversion. At quitting time, dust off the city in the steel and stone master washroom before retiring to your minimal, steam-grey master bedroom – with its private terrace, it’s also a port to the open air and the perfect post for a master overseer to observe the whirr of metropolitan gears.
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DUMBO is the beating heart of Brooklyn’s creative industry. A powerhouse of art and design, it’s coveted for its surprisingly quaint cobblestone streets, landscaped promenades, and proximity to Manhattan (it doesn’t get any closer than this). Take a stroll over the Brooklyn Bridge – it’s an easy jaunt into the city, and the views en route are finest in this direction. If you prefer quicker carriage, the High Street A and C lines, and the F at York Street, will deliver you to your destination in a wink.
This Tribeca Loft project encompasses a complete modern renovation of a 10th story loft by architect Aaron Schump, located in the Tribeca neighborhood of New York City. Extensive glazing on three facades presented a unique design challenge for this project.
A bar of walnut housing the kitchen and service areas organizes the plan. Bedrooms were pushed to the south and west, leaving the north-west corner free for entreating and unobstructed views of the Hudson river. Aaron Schump served as project manager at SPaN overseeing the entire project from design to construction administration.
AS//A is an architecture, urban design and research studio operating at the intersection of civic and ecological systems, urban and rural environments, and digital and physical processes. We explore the complexity of these relationships through a rigorous and collaborative design process aimed at uncovering the specifics of place, culture and materials to create buildings that are environmentally and culturally responsive. Focused on crafting value at multiple scales, we aim to achieve maximum aesthetic and social influence while employing minimum economic and environmental impact. We believe that well crafted spaces can positively affect our quality of life by creating sustainable places to live, work and play while maintaining respect for people, cities, and nature.
Photos: Courtesy of Aaron Schump
Real Parque Loft was designed for a recently married young entrepreneur by Diego Revollo Arquitetura, located in the south zone from São Paulo, Brazil, in a strictly residential buildings neighborhood. The buildings were built in the 80 and 90 decade and for this reason, the architects started from a traditional compartmentalized apartment with exaggerated number of divisions and closed rooms related to its area.
The main challenge was to open the 1,130 square foot (105 square meters) space, bring the sense of amplitude within the existing structural limitations. In this sense, the owner, was willing for profound changes and already felt attracted by the spatial characteristics of lofts as well as the contemporary aesthetic common in these cases.
The idea of a box with just a coating, burned cement, would bring the contemporary aspect and look like “clean” without amendments or interruptions and would be applied on all surfaces such as floors, walls and ceilings. A particular care has been taken into account in choosing the gray’s tone, which should be modern but not too cold and close by the natural cement’s tone. In the baths we used for the slabs the natural Oasis Blue limestone with a similar tone of cement, employed only as an alternative to cement, to be more appropriate for slabs and carved sinks.
For the owner a cold or too modern result wouldn’t please him, he searched an elegant atmosphere but also comfortable an “hot”. The suggestion of the office was the alliance of the cement and the natural wood inn a reddish chestnut brown tone to “heat up” the environment and that would add value in decorative point of view.
In some places such as the entrance, dining bench and the balcony seat, the Cumaru wood, a Brazilian’s hardwood with high resistance was used by rules to make the wood “weigh” even more. Where the use of solid wood wasn’t viable either by weight or by the natural movement, we chose for the Pau Ferro sheet, a wood with enough personality and a similar design to the Jacarandá, one of the main wood used in furniture production peak in Brazil in the 50 and 60 decade, for example.
The furniture and interior design continues with the choice of textiles as the natural linen or the distressed leather and prioritizes the warm touch and comfort always against the coldness of the cement box. The end result is a loft without excesses, spacious and extremely pleasant to live.
Photos: Alain Brugier
Idunsgate Apartment is a two story modern loft that has been transformed by Haptic Architects, situated on the top floor of a 19th century apartment building in central Oslo in Norway. After purchasing the loft space above the apartment, the clients were able to do a full scale refurbishment of the loft, bringing the two floors into one, unified space.
Through a thorough three-dimensional survey of the apartment and careful assessment of the means of escape, we were able to incorporate every nook and cranny and even part of the stairwell into the design.
By fully utilizing the level changes and opportunities we could introduce spatial drama with substantial vertical sight lines. The en-suite bathroom to the master bedroom is organized over three levels. A sunny terrace has a large glass wall that brings evening light deep into the apartment.
Some loft space has been sacrificed to create a double height space over the living room.
The centerpiece of the apartment is the feature staircase connecting the two levels. A modular, powder coated, white steel stair is suspended between the joists and connects to a low storage/sofa unit that runs along the front facade.
The original kitchen was tight, inefficient and north facing. By moving it into the common areas we could create a light, airy and spacious space that becomes the social heart and integrates with the rest of the apartment. A small fireplace is integrated into the kitchen worktop and the kitchen fronts are painted to match the color of the fireplace.
The bathroom incorporated several level changes, and by using large scale 100x300cm tiles, the impression is of one that is carved out of a single block of stone.
Photos: Courtesy of Haptic Architects
Homeowner Kursteen Salter Price spent twelve years of ripping out flooring, tearing down walls and converting three separate units of a former Portland, Oregon factory into a single family home. She delved into every aspect of the renovation process, from welding window dressings to handcrafting wallpaper. Price transformed this 2,400 square foot, three bedroom, two bathroom loft into one spacious, cohesive home with a Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi. Wabi-sabi interiors can be described as muted, dimly lit and shadowy, giving the rooms an enveloping, womb-like feeling with natural materials that are vulnerable to weathering, warping, shrinking, cracking and peeling. Uncluttered yet not overtly austere, wabi-sabi rooms are, above all, hospitable and comfortable.
As a former factory, there were no load bearing walls to worry about in the renovation process. She exposed concrete and brick walls, a concrete floor and wooden ceiling beams. She would spend days scrubbing paint off the floor, then sealing it with polyurethane. Unhappy with the finished product, the polyurethane was taken off and replaced with a wax finish. This is how she progressed, one DIY project at a time.
Price discovered most of her furnishings and materials at neighborhood vintage and salvaged-goods stores. “The more dents, the better,” she says. “It gives them character.”
The loft is a top-floor corner unit and enjoys sunlight on two of the four sides. When Price split the open space into bedrooms, bathrooms, study spaces and a kitchen, she prioritized natural light. “I wanted the inner spaces to have as much light as possible but also keep privacy,” she says. She achieved this through porous barriers such as EcoResin walls. The panels are made in Canada and have natural materials like grasses and twigs embedded in the resin.
The kitchen’s red walls showcase Price’s practice with Venetian plaster. “The first time it looked great, but within a few days it started falling off the wall,” she says. “Then I paid more attention to ratios.”
The dining area features a handmade table created by a friend who did much of the home’s woodwork. For the ironwork Price took on the task herself, including making an early version of the handrail leading to the deck. “I kept failing a sculptural welding class,” she says. “It was a great way to use the equipment.”
Burlap feed bags work as wallpaper in this sitting area. Price salvaged them from a nearby dairy farm that was planning to burn the bags. To secure the bags to the wall, she used simple wallpaper paste.
At night Moroccan lamps project soft light onto the ceiling. Price made the custom cabinets under the windows from wood salvaged from a local high school. The gym floor at the school flooded, and they scrapped the wood. Price repurposed it, painted it with milk paint and used it for her fireplace mantel and storage.
For one sitting area, Price enclosed the space with windows and salvaged wood from an old barn.
Since the space was initially three separate units, there were two spare kitchens in the loft after Price tore out the walls. She converted them to study spaces and now, instead of extraneous cooktops, reading nooks dot the home. Price’s family didn’t install a television, but they have an iPad, and “maybe that’s worse,” she confides.
In the most industrial bedroom of the house, steel diamond plates are set as flooring and run up one wall. The whole concept for the bed began with some vintage wheels that Price found. She wanted to design an elevated bed with them, so when a friend told her about an abandoned mill selling old, wide-plank sugar pine, an idea struck. She bought some of the wood and designed a bed to incorporate the distinct wheels and wood, and her friend did the woodworking and welding to complete the design.
The central bathroom features a traditional Japanese cedar soaking tub. The walls are a natural black pebble, the floors are cedar, and a barn door, made from salvaged wood, closes the space for privacy.
Each bedroom is on an elevated platform, and access doors under the room open to a storage space. For this door Price took two square steel plates and placed them on rollers. They separate for entry to the crawl space.
A copper wall creates texture over a custom sink. The sink came from a wool factory, where it once collected clippings from the sheep. Price added a custom basin to the basket and two wood panels along the top.
Black pebbles cover the walls of a steam shower, which seals by way of a sliding resin door. The custom resin panels preserve twigs and leaves and continue the natural motif in the bathroom.
Another bathroom features the same black pebbles and a semiprivate wall of dry vines between the sink and toilet. The stone sink “was meant to be a birdbath or something,” Price says. She had a custom concrete base made to elevate and give new purpose to the bowl.
After spending twelve years creating this unique loft space, Price and her family have decided to sell the loft. They purchased a home just a couple of miles away, an old Tudor that Price will be renovating. The family has changing needs with two kids who have grown older, the new home will provide them with a yard and an area for a garden. She said it was very sad to leave her handiwork behind but she is excited by the prospects the new home will bring.
Photos: KuDa Photography
This loft condo renovation designed by Besch Design is situated in a building that once housed National Biscuit Company, now known as “Nabisco” and is located in the West Loop neighborhood of Chicago. The loft style condo unit is located on the upper floor and is a multi-level unit. One of the main features is the kitchen, which is located in one of the old ovens used for baking. The steel parts for the oven doors are still embedded into the exposed brick. The master bedroom has an opening that overlooks into the living spaces on the first floor. Reclaimed barn wood was used on an accent wall that is has become a feature in the unit and is used to display some of the Owners guitars from his collection.
This living space in the multi-story loft unit is flooded with light from two levels of windows. The exposed brick is the old exterior of the National Biscuit Companies (now Nabisco) oven used to bake the biscuits.
The main family room area of this loft condo features a two story wall that was clad with reclaimed barn wood. The master bedroom over looks onto this space from the bi-fold door opening above.
This office loft was renovated to accommodate the owners eclectic collection of movie and TV memorabilia.
The massive exposed brick wall still has the steel plates and parts that once were the sliding doors to the massive oven that once baked the biscuits for the National Biscuit Company (Nabisco). The old oven now houses the kitchen for the unit.
Arched brick ceiling with a custom made light fixture. The owners found the parts for this light fixture over the island and had a local artist create this one of a kind fixture. The table with the seating is made from an old bowling alley lane. The pin placement marks can still be seen on the table top. The table is free standing so it can be moved off the island if desired. A reclaimed scupper box is the transition piece from the range hood to the duct work with red accent paint.
This accent wall is clad in reclaimed barn wood and is used to display the owners guitar collection.
This small opening creates a view to the family room below as one proceeds up to the upper levels on the stairs.
The second bedroom looks out over the family room two story space, with views out the large double hung windows.
The exposed steel truss cuts through the entire unit. The ceiling was lightened by painting it white which allowed for the truss to be more of a focal element along with the exposed duct work and sprinkler pipes.
The bi-fold door opens up in the master bedroom to overlook the living spaces below. It is clad with the reclaimed barn wood.
The original master bathroom was cramped and the truss was enclosed by drywall. We opened it up and reconfigured the entry to the bathroom and in turn exposed the great truss passing through the space.
When the steel truss was exposed in this hallway, the owners were glad to find “Carnegie” stamped on the truss. It was fabricated by Carnegie Steel Co.
Given the interesting history of the building in which this condo was built, the Owners have tried to preserve some of that history. They have found small pieces or accessories that were once used by the National Biscuit Company, and they proudly display them throughout the unit.
Photos: Peter Nilson Photography
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