Project Spotlight: Contemporary Urban Warehouse Loft Conversion
One look inside this urban loft and it’s clear this is a special, one-of-a-kind space. It has architectural elements designers dream about. The open concept, distressed brick, beautifully aged exposed wood beams, and treated I-beams come together to create an ambiance that’s as warm and inviting as it is historical.
When I first spoke with my client on the phone and he mentioned he was converting part of a 200-year-old warehouse into a weekend loft getaway, I was beyond excited. I’d always wanted to work on a loft project, and now was my chance. He said he had received a quote from one of the major big box stores, but wanted to compare prices with CliqStudios.com.
The client and I immediately hit it off, and we developed a great working relationship, swapping ideas via email and phone. It’s nice when you and your clients just “click.” At the time, I was planning my wedding, and he gave me great marriage advice. He was down-to-earth, very practical, and had clearly done his research. Because of his great personality and the uniqueness of the space, I could tell this was going to be a fun project to work on.
At the get-go, he shared his vision for the loft and said there were little boundaries with what we could do. The loft wasn’t going to be his primary home. Rather, it was a second home for weekend trips and entertaining friends. He wanted a transitional look with warmth that played to the open layout design. Along with the basic amenities, simplicity, symmetry, and functionality were key in the kitchen.
The client contemplated a few finishes but ultimately settled on Birch Sable with the simple shaker-style Dayton door. This dark wood finish is more in-tune with transitional style and would better complement the exposed beams and contemporary shine of the stainless steel appliances. It also worked well with the burnt orange paint he selected to bring out the reds of the exposed brick.
With the style and finish nailed down, we moved onto the cabinetry layout and design. We didn’t need a lot of cabinets, but I wanted to make a big impact. With simplicity in mind, I designed a straight island with a raised counter and barstool seating for five. We located the sink in the center of the island, opposite the range, to create an easy workflow within the space. Two sets of stacked deep drawers to the left of the range provide plenty of room to store cookware. Standard wall cabinets above hold the dishware. On both ends, short walls bookend the cabinetry, giving it a built-in look. A mellow tan granite and reflective glass tile backsplash complete the space.
After the kitchen was complete, we moved on to the bathroom cabinetry. We started from scratch here too, so I had full control to create the vanity. Working outside of rigid boundaries certainly is a luxury! Again, symmetry was important in the bathroom, so his and hers sinks and drawer storage were fitting. The rest of the bath, including wall and fixture placement, was then designed around the vanity.
When I finally saw pictures of the finished space, I was blown away. Its openness, the age, the furnishings, and all the textures are fantastic. The client loved how it all turned out. I’m so happy I finally got to work on a loft project, and am thankful the client chose to work with us at CliqStudios.com. It’s his dream city escape. I wish it was mine too!
Author: Tessa Buhman believes the kitchen is the heart of the home. She loves to see an out-dated kitchen transform into a dream kitchen that will endure for a lifetime! Tessa has an AAS degree in Interior Design and over 10 years of kitchen and bath industry experience. She enjoys building relationships with her clients and understands the importance of communication. She also has a passion for cooking and feels that her kitchen is the perfect place for quality “me” time.