Today we look at a loft renovation project from interior design studio JC Decor. This project was an ambitious attempt to transform and bring an old school house in London into the modern age, whilst keeping some key structural characteristics.
The loft conversion is set over three stories: on the lower-ground floor is a master bedroom with (as you will see) a rather grandiose bathroom, office area and walk-in-wardrobe. As well as all of that, there is an open-plan living area and a sizeable entresol, which is situated above -what was (and still is in many respects)- the first floor.
Originally a two bedroom affair, with three reasonably cramped and dark, separated stories, this renovation project really makes the most of the resources available. JC Decor provides an excellent example of how to completely transform a living space. This project is an inspiring piece of work for any budding designer to have a look at.
This part of the renovation employs an interesting fusion of design styles. Despite being modern at a first glance, as you move your eye about the photo you may spot a few points of interest: 1) the flooring—original wooden flooring retained from when the building was a school 2) the addition of some contrasting vintage accents 3) the glass flooring looking down into the bedroom at the level below 4) the cast iron Victorian capitals supporting the roof over a modern set of RSJs that form the mezzanine—giving the upper area an architectural cross section look. All of these elements contribute to the charm of the project; fusing classic and minimalist design together to a breathtaking effect.
All in all, the design promotes openness but is in no way bare. In fact, the space produces an aura of warmth; a feeling often omitted from minimalist design. Moreover, the unique elements of the composition—for example, the ability to stand on the mezzanine and look into the bedroom below, the spiral staircase and ascending bookcase climbing in unison from the ground floor, flowing smoothly from one level to another creating fluidity between the kitchen and living area—all combine to make the place look amazingly spacious and light.
Unlike the other elements of this home which are built around the existing structure, the kitchen is entirely new. The centre piece, of course, is the marble worktop; being both striking and acting as a divider between the kitchen and the rest of the room. Made from classic carrara stone, with very pronounced veining, the worktop exerts its presence against the lack of other features in the kitchen. Minimal in detail and plain in colour, the storage units bring out the real character of the marble.
Tucked under the spiral staircase on the lower-ground floor, is this home office. Again, we see that lovely fusion of vintage and minimalism collide to good effect. Keeping the original wood flooring, even on the lower level, and using that dark, navy blue for the feature wall, you get a good feel for a classic study design despite the size.
This bedroom suite design was originally two smaller bedrooms and a small bathroom on the lower-ground floor. The smaller of the two bedrooms was lacking in light and therefore the decision was made to knock the existing wall down. This allowed for a larger master bedroom and sizeable, luxury bathroom.
Again, the original flooring and minimalist design approach are prominent and allow the theme of the room to be totally controlled by the bed. The increased intake of light from the windows and through the glass panel flooring of the upper level, make the bedroom extremely well lit in the day and adds further to that feeling of space and airiness addressed earlier.
Attached to the master bedroom is this refined walk-in-wardrobe. Clad in a very dark and elegant finish, the height of the wardrobe loans itself tremendously to the grand and luxury feel of the lower-ground floor.
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