Making Loft Homes More Comfortable

Lofts are huge and open draughty kind of places. Most lofts are high ceilinged and with windows that are large from floor to ceiling main source of light and ventilation. For the past few decades lofts have been popular with artists and students who did not mind the industrial type of interiors that may not be exactly the way traditional homes are built.

But today lofts are eagerly sought after by people who like the very unique features that characterize a loft – like high ceilings and large open spaces. Architects and designers are cashing on the very shortfalls of loft areas and make them into beautifully open and lit structures that have plenty of ventilation and airy spacious feeling.

A loft can be best converted as an open type design house. Large and spacious living areas contain the seating arrangements, dining areas with table chairs and open type kitchens that make the large areas cozy and homely. Smaller size segregated bedrooms are created – sometimes at a higher mezzanine level and furnished with preferably simple and suitably low hung furniture.

Decorating a loft house may need advice from an interior decorator for bringing in a touch of coziness and warmth. If you are retaining the original loft walls, they can be made to be with distressed look that will add depth to the whole atmosphere. And wooden flooring can be used for creating warmth and elegance to the interiors.

Here you can see images of a loft home that has furniture from B & B Italia. Look at the great looking living room with beautiful looking luxurious sectional in soft purple with ottomans in red, white and mauve making the room pretty. A contemporary style open wall supported shelf unit makes for storage purposes, finished in white and goes well with the light grey walls of the loft. Accent chairs in gray look cozy across the purple sectional.

The dining table is long and simple in design. Accent chairs in plastic in varied colors are used as dining chairs. More such chairs are used to pair with the wooden working table that has a unique triangular top.

The maroon color is repeated in the bedroom for bed frame upholstery. Low platform bed with metal frame with wooden headboard and wooden nightstand make the room comfortable. The bedroom is made cozier with a rug and recliner – a chaise lounge for relaxing with a pedestal lamp nearby completing the ambiance of the loft.

Handsome Chaise Lounge in Cream

Gorgeously Furnished Dining Area

Fashionably Chic Accent Chair in Grey

Elegant Looking Dining Table

Delightful Sectional and Ottomans

Contemporary Style Working Table

Beautiful Purple Metal Bed

Accent Dining Chairs Adding Grace

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Lovely Looking Loft Conversion

Some decades ago, lofts were considered not very fashionable or pretty and meant to be for the financially challenged who cannot afford better constructed proper homes. Most lofts were industrial structures with non-glamorous or unfinished look – like with open pipes, wires and walls with rough kind of finishes. Ungainly looking with high ceilings, exposed beams and support structures, these were made into houses and apartments but surprisingly which started become more and more popular in time.

Today lofts have become so much popular that condominiums are built to resemble lofts with tall looking high ceilings and every kind of latest start-of-art kind of amenity for the discerning customers. The industrial look is carefully cultivated and presented with sophisticated retro look. Today lofts are trendy places with something unique and special designs.

The original abandoned industrial structures were not so safe and so the building authorities brought into force a number of rules and regulations to eliminate a number of risks that may be present in these lofts and loft converted buildings. Today, every loft conversion alteration and addition can be started only after being sanctioned by the local authorities which they do after thorough checking and inspection.

Why are lofts so popular with the hip and happening crowd of potential home buyers? The first and foremost is the open and flexible design plan that makes the design flow throughout the home in a homogenized manner and providing a flexibility seldom achieved in the traditional homes.

Like typical contemporary plans which provide large open well lit living spaces, these converted lofts are designed to have a open type living area plan and utilize modern and minimalist décor ideas to create niches and nooks for each of the home needs. The large living area looks compact but with comfortable areas for cooking, dining, seating and even sometimes a den for reading and relaxing.

Here you can see some images of a beautifully converted loft by Irina Happy from Kiev, Ukraine, who is renowned for her expertise in graphics, interior design and architecture. Look at the efficiency of layout that gives a spacious look that makes the entire structure looks so luxurious and elegant ambiance that is added by the gleaming wooden flooring. The sitting area with wall mounted wide screen TV on the accented wall and the floating wooden wall unit as well the game table look as exquisite as the compact kitchen-dining area at the other end. How will you like living in such a beautifully designed home?

Smart Den – Loft Home
Smart Den Loft Home

Side By Side Den And Lounge
Den And Lounge

Loft Living Area – Open Design
Loft Living Area Open Design

Gorgeous Loft – Home Bar
Gorgeous Loft

Elegant Looking Loft Conversion
Elegant Looking Loft Conversion

Charming Living Area – Loft
Charming Living Area

Charming Living Area – Loft

Attractive Kitchen Loft Home
Attractive Kitchen Loft Home

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Lovely Looking Loft Flats – Beautifully Made Over

Lofts can be converted into great looking apartments and homes or extra room for existing flats. Today more people are discovering the advantages of living in a loft home. Architects and home decorators are keen to make the lofts something outstandingly unique and beautiful. There are very forward thinking architects who design ideas and décor themes just for lofts only.

Most lofts with height more than 230 cm from flooring to ceiling can be converted into a loft home. There may be areas where the height may be less like in the corner areas where a sloped roof may not be as tall. But with clever planning and as per regulations laid down by authorities, structural alterations and adaptations will make a loft a most beautiful and convenient place to live.

Getting extra plumbing and power connections is crucial in order to make the loft most comfortable. Waste disposal needs careful planning. You need to check whether the old boiler will serve for the extra demand as efficiently as before. Generally planning ahead and consulting an architect and builder with experience in loft conversion will be of great assistance.

Planning extra windows can be a challenging option for loft converted areas. Roof lights and skylights are options that need to be checked. Laid flat in the roof there are innovative models which come with remote control for opening and closing etc. Lofts also demand good planning for thermal insulation issues and adherence to all safety regulations as demanded.

Here you can see images of twin Lofts by Federico Delrosso Architects. A factory building has been converted into two apartments that look as luxurious and comfortable as any other apartments. Beautiful looking bedrooms look top-class with windows on both sides and a floating type staircase leads from the bedroom into a media and lounge very comfortably furnished.

The bedroom is furnished with round low platform bed and sheer drapes and looks very elegant and stylishly furnished. Media room is most comfortable with white leather sectional and a wall supported media console to support smart screen TV and other media related paraphernalia compactly.

The kitchens are beautifully done; steel and glass in one apartment and in complete wood and white in the other apartment. Bistro high dining counters with sleek stools are used as dining room furniture. And the bathroom is equally beautiful and looks glamorously chic! Though differently furnished, each apartment looks sleek and classically minimalist and highly comfortable!

Steel Stools and Bistro High Dining Table
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Steel and Glass Finish Kitchen
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Sleek Looking Bathtub
sleek-bathtub-bathroom

Kitchen Area with Open Type Plan
open-kitchen-design

Gorgeous Living Area Furnishing
living-area-design

Floating Type Stair to Loft
beautiful-loft-design

Bedroom with Staircase
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Attractively Furnished Media Center
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Aerial View of Bedroom
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Simple And Elegant All White Small Home

A white home can be very relaxing and look very elegant. White décor has been popular always and seems never to go out of fashion. Especially now that winter is almost gone, spring and summer can be best enjoyed with a white dominant home. You can think of getting only the wall décor white. You can get only the flooring white or you can make the home all white – including furniture and accessories.

White brings a sense of cool and serene interiors. Spaciousness, clean pristine design lines, spare and formal elegance all can be achieved with a white décor. Sometimes white accents with colorful furniture with white décor may give a look of informal and gay look. But an all white décor always looks more regal and more formal that can be awesome.

Families with small children may feel hesitant to go for all white décor. Yes, it may be tough to manage white upholstery and rugs – especially if your have boisterous pets and playful children. It will sound like continuous cleaning up, continuous washing and getting bothered by dust and clutter. But with grown-up kids and no pets, all white homes are quite possible to manage.

Along with white upholstery, white sheers as curtains can add to the timeless elegance and limitless spacious look you can get from an all white décor. White sheers allow for maximum light streaming in and also reflect the artificial light. But incase you want a soothing low-bright ambiance for your bedroom, you can always use dark or black color drapes in the bedroom only.

You do not have to use a uniform kind of white through out the house. Actually even if you try to have the same kind of white, because of the different materials and textures involved, you will have different kind of whites in a kind of layered look in your all white home décor. Walls, wood, upholstery, fabric, counters and flooring – each are with different texture and look differently white.

Here you have images of an all white home designed by Minimal Studio. It is a small home in a minimalist design furnished in contemporary style. Look at the all white kitchen with white countertops, white walls and white flooring. The dining countertop of the kitchen island is also dazzling white. The living room, bedroom and bathroom are all pristine white – except for the dark shade drapes and the sofa set in dark upholstery! Is it not adorable?

Pristine White Bath Accessories All White Home
Pristine White Bath Accessories All White Home

Home Office All White Home Décor
Home Office All White Home Décor

Dining Counter All White Home Décor
Dining Counter All White Home Décor

Dark Upholstery Contrast White Décor
Dark Upholstery Contrast White Décor

Cute All White Bed Nightstand Wall Floor
Cute All White Bed Nightstand Wall Floor

Bright White Vanity All White Décor
Bright White Vanity All White Décor

All White Beautiful Kitchen White Counters
All White Beautiful Kitchen White Counters

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Lovely Looking Loft Home

With home purchase getting more costly day by day, lofts are considered as more reasonable options – especially for a small family. You can create a completely independent unit out of a garage area – provided you have about 70 square feet of floor space. Also the ceiling must be as high or exceed seven and a half feet. Even if half of the total garage area is this high, you can build a loft home easily with garage conversion.

Two Views Upper & Lower Floors Loft Home
Two Views Upper Lower Floors Loft Home

When you are checking out whether it is possible to convert lofts into livable homes, you need to know the basic rules and regulations that need to be followed while you are doing the conversion. What building sanctions and permits will be needed and when inspections will be required by the authorities etc – all need to be checked and followed diligently.

Staircase To Upper Area Loft Home
Staircase To Upper Area Loft Home

If you have a cubic shaped high ceiling garage or structure, you can plan to make it into a duplex type home but you need to be guided by a knowledgeable and experienced architect/designer as well a capable civil engineer-led construction crew. The rules, regulations and building codes are all laid out for every kind of structural safety issues and other safety issues like fire hazard etc and need to be followed.

Living Room Media Unit Loft Home
Living Room Media Unit Loft Home

The most popular layout for such cubic type lofts is to have the living areas at the ground level and sleeping quarters accommodated at the higher level. Depending on the roof type of your garage, you can locate the bedroom spaces and storage spaces comfortably for the user.

Living Room Open Plan Loft Home
Living Room Open Plan Loft Home

Here you can see some images of a beautiful cubic loft home designed by Minimal Studio which is a small loft home with living quarters in the ground floor and sleeping quarters in the upper level. The minimalist style makes the home look more beautiful and compact. Look at the cute kitchen alcove with a dining counter option with two stools which can be used as working table also.

Kids’ Bedroom Closet Loft Home
Kids' Bedroom Closet Loft Home

The upper level which holds the bedroom also has a well appointed wardrobe etc. The living room is at the lower level which is compactly designed with flowing design lines. The small cooking alcove, the seating arrangement with media shelf and tiny dining counter – all look neat and uncluttered. The staircase leading to upper level is at one end of the living room making the room complete.

Cute Comfy Bathroom Loft Home
Cute Comfy Bathroom Loft Home

Bedroom In White Loft Home
Bedroom In White Loft Home

Beautiful Kitchen Dining Loft Home
Beautiful Kitchen Dining Loft Home

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Smart Living Areas And Small Homes

Can you create a feeling of luxury in a small home? This is a genuine problem today more commonly faced by many of us. Small houses are now front and center and a reality today. Most of the upwardly mobile youngsters start their home with one room apartment where living area needs to accommodate a kitchen, dining area, media center, seating area and library/den etc. Many a time, sleeping area is also contained in this. Can this be made to look cool and luxurious?

If you are moving into a small home, much smaller in area than what you previously lived, start with a clean slate. Do not bring in any old furniture. Small spaces need modular furniture – furniture that will not eat precious space. You need beds that can be folded up. You need working tables that can be pushed away. You need furniture that will multi task!

Open type living areas serve best in small homes. Make the living area one open space – living area, dining area, and kitchens side by side without any partition or doors – all space open and unrestricted and flowing. With open type design, when you enter the home, the entire room looks more spacious with walls not closing in but extending away.

Here you can see some images of two lovely small-size homes designed by Pracownia. The first home is a loft – attick home – the living area looks so beautifully designed to contain all that is needed – comfortable seating area, a compact media console and a cool chic kitchen area right at the corner. The home looks comfortable and beautifully lit with a skylight window that lets in ample light.

The kitchen is snugly fitted under a sloping roof but with sufficient wood-finish work area, cooking counter and wash area etc. The white wall décor adds to the spacious look and wide-open design. The sofas are upholstered in white merging into walls and not closing up to feel cluttered and congested. Every inch of the space is fully utilized.

The other home is also designed with open type living area – with living room, dining room and kitchen all within the lounge area. The work area kitchen island separates the kitchen from the living room with the dining table-chair set up under beautiful looking pendent lamps. The photographic wall decal makes the space more personal and special. The attached bath looks bigger due to wall to wall mirror and beautiful layout.

Small Home Bath Décor
Small Home Bath Décor

Small Home Attractive Decor
Small Home Attractive Decor

Living Area Small Home
Living Area Small Home

Kitchen Work Area Small Home
Kitchen Work Area Small Home

Elegant Small Home Lounge
Elegant Small Home Lounge

Cutely Designed Loft Kitchen
Cutely Designed Loft

Beautiful Small Living Area
Beautiful Small Living Area

Attic Apartment Media Console
Attic Apartment Media Console

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