A Lofty Life

I saw this article byBarbara Ballinger in the Realtor Magazine Online today...find it interesting history about the Loft Space. My favorite way to exist, for sure...

-What to Look for in a Loft. If clients say they want a loft-style home, find out what features are most appealing to them. Would they consider a new development with an open floor plan and big windows, or do they have their heart set on a traditional warehouse conversion?Here are some features that architects, developers, and real estate professionals say buyers should look for in a loft:
Authentic 19th-century materials. “I like the idea of using hardwood for floors, brick or plaster for walls, and real tin for ceilings rather than ersatz materials,” says Smith-Miller. But he adds that modern living requires certain accommodations that didn’t come with original lofts, such as ample storage and energy-efficient windows.
High ceilings, few walls. Ken Wolfson, owner of Wolfson Lofts, a development company in Las Vegas, says well-executed lofts have high ceilings and few walls “if any.”
Good location and floor plan. Broker Payman Emanian of Premier Realty in Pasadena, Calif., who has seen lofts take off in his city’s downtown and in Los Angeles, says the positive characteristics of other home styles are the key for a good loft, too, such as good location, good construction, and a “wide-open” floor plan.
Quiet. Because high ceilings, hard floors, and big windows in downtown lofts can make interior spaces noisy, Diessner says buyers should look for surfaces that absorb sounds. Smith-Miller says wood ceilings, unfinished brick, and natural stucco all fit that category. One material that doesn’t soften the sound is painted stucco, she explains. Putting rugs down on the floor or tapestries on walls also will help.

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