After a thorough analysis I decided the strong points of the place were definitely the original bricks, the hardwood floors, arched windows and the visible wooden construction.That said, the design just HAD to pay homage to the industrial era, while at the same time retain a minimalist modern feel. The weaknesses were the bad natural lighting, and the set budget which made moving rooms around a bit risky.
Having decided to stick with the original plan scheme, I tried to numb the negative effects while trying to build a character to the loft. The short bedroom wall seemed a little foreign to the rest of the place so instead of trying to hide it, I decided to make it stand out in contrast to the outer brick walls and wooden construction. With that in mind it was covered with Hightower's POP, 3 dimensional, wooden panels. This treatment makes the wall seem futuristic, while at the same time the material is the same as the floor and existing columns and beams making it blend in. The wooden panels allow for the creation of a variety of patterns, creating a dynamic feel. The only wall added is the one dividing the bedroom for the corridor, and allowing for more privacy. Having it go all the way up to the ceiling meant losing some light, which is why I propose using a sliding door with matte white glass.
The bad natural lighting in the bedroom, and partially the living area really bothered me. That is why glass mirrors have been used when possible, reflecting light coming from the windows and the terrace door, into the living area and bedroom. Mirrors have been used on the new closet in the entree, and also on the existing closet doors in the bedroom. That way the little light is multiplied, improving the illumination in both areas. Furthermore three rows of track lights were used to add artificial lighting, and to highlight the industrial feel. I will be more than happy to provide soffit plans if chosen.
Since the kitchen was to remain unaltered, minimal additions have been made to it. A set ot four IKEA Cabinets, and an IKEA Lack shelf ([url=http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/70103622/]http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/70103622/[/url] ) underneath them have been added. As it was understood that the kitchen was to be remodeled in the future, the cabinets and shelf were chosen to be as low budget as possible, without hurting the design. The existing Tiki bar stools were paired with the kitchen bar, with the possibility to be tucked underneath when not used. The dining table and chairs, are a set by ClassiCon and remind of the 1920-1930 period which seems appropriate if we were to keep with the theme. The Vibia Rhythm lamp – a dynamic and futuristic light source was chosen to contrast the static, retro dining furniture. A two worn looking rugs by Dover Rugs, were chosen to mark the dining and living areas. I set up a small workstation with some storage, in the niche behind the dining room. The niche was treated with fibrocement to give a concrete look, and decorated with art pieces and a large mirror to reflect light.
Instead of picking a color for the wall, I designed a TV and books shelf along it. The shelf is made of MDF, plasterboard and matte white glass and provides a border to the room (will provide detailed blueprints if chosen). That way it acts as a focal point, as well as providing extra storage. The main seating group consists of an extra large expandable sofa, and two very comfortable lounge chairs with an ottoman, and coffee table between them (Hightower – Breeze [url=http://www.hightoweraccess.com/product/breeze/]http://www.hightoweraccess.com/product/breeze/[/url] ). Just like the rest of the design the colors stay natural; beige, wood and a dark blue for contrast.
I also designed one whole piece for the bedroom to function as; shelving, work station and illumination for night reading (will provide detailed blueprints if chosen) to give the room as much individuality as possible. The back wall is covered with some interior siding, adding an aged, industrial feel just like the rest of the apartment.
The storage closets each got sliding glass doors, with a circle/ripple effect to simulate an aquatic feel. The bathroom is modeled entirely with various shades of gray, making it luxurious. The overal budget comes down to USD 16,438.00.
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