A loft is often converted into an apartment from a factory or warehouse and, although it remains relatively unchanged in substance, becomes a practical and functional living area. As a result, we see living spaces with huge surface areas and mostly without partitions, that are often replaced with steel beams, huge windows and possibly the odd column here and there. The large, contiguous area is the kicker, but the crux of such a Loft is sometimes that you want to just have some privacy.
So how do you create separate living spaces in a loft? How can you live comfortably here with children when you’re usually used to a totally different of living? How does one accommodate guests? How to provide structure in a loft? Our experts have a variety of different projects in the field of the development of former industrial properties to residential properties, who have even solved the balancing act between immensity and discretion. You may be surprised…
This loft in Berlin has been extended for a couple with two children. On the left you can see the future area of the kitchen, which—as it should be in a loft—is completely open, but still has a distinct separation. This is achieved by colours and materials that visually separate the living and kitchen area. In the kitchen you find an authentic cement tile floor, the living and dining area, however, is designed with herringbone parquet, made of oak.
The same loft, in Berlin, where there is the continuous living room, kitchen and bedroom area for the parents, in addition to the two separate rooms to either side of the hall, which will be occupied by the children.
Who says that in a loft only Industrial style works? This loft is proving us wrong: quite pleasantly, it does sit inside a former factory building, that has been converted by the interior designer Elke Altenberg. This is the product of a low-budget project too—they wanted to bring a homely character in the cool loft atmosphere, and they've clearly done this well. With antique furniture, furnished in a vintage style, this place is just made to comfort! Again, the individual areas of life such as the kitchen and living area are separated mainly by design elements.
A separate guest room in the loft doesn't work?—This works! The experts at designyougo have designed the loft specifically around this wooden structure, in which one can offer a discreet place to stay to their guests. That is not only practical though—it also looks absolutely stunning.
The same loft, but in another room. Another important element to conversions, just like this, are sliding doors and movable walls. One of the best features of a loft is usually the width and open plan design, and we’re certainly not proved wrong here; sliding elements allow us the freedom to restrict this infinity if necessary—for example, if you take a relaxing bath or simply want some privacy.
The support structures in industrial buildings often have unusual shapes that you should take advantage of: this loft has used the existing structure of another story and incorporated it to make the living area double height. There are not just vertical lines, i.e. walls, the mean separation—for example, in the form of a loft bed—you can create an unlimited area in his loft.
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A very elaborate, but impressive, way to separate living areas, is to submerge them, within the loft. Here, for example, is the living room, which is actually located in a room together with dining room and kitchen, just on a different level. This one creates a cosy atmosphere in the otherwise vast room and has also proven to be a particularly eclectic style element provided—after all, not everyone has a living room, in which you can jump into!
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