Dream House

November 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

          I grew up in the city so I have this fantasy that one day, I will be living in a suburban house with a white picket fence. Aaah the American dream! Minor flaw: I’m not American. Haha! And I recently realized that I’m more of an urban loft-ish kind of person. Open and airy. Killer city view. Minimal and modern furnishings. Neutral and chic colors. Oh, and clever design elements. Ahhhh!
       There’s this warehouse in Spain, which was converted into a loft by two architects. This had me drooling ever since I first read about it. The warehouse was originally used as stables, then as a bomb shelter, and followed by its most recent incarnation as a print shop, this expansive warehouse space located in Barcelona, Spain, has withstood the test of time and numerous transformations. Now the designers Benito Escat and Alberto Rovira have given the space yet another purpose by recreating it into a handsome urban loft that is everything modern and hip. AND AHHH! I FELL IN LOVE!
          The 8,600-square-foot space has an open layout with beautiful exposed-brick walls, high ceilings, and poured concrete floors.
          With two floors, the main level features the living area, which is outfitted with an extra long sofa, leather-upholstered wooden armchairs, and a sleek low cocktail table. Just behind the living area, a colorful floral glass chandelier hangs over a stainless-steel dining table while an edgy light fixture is suspended over a steel island in the kitchen where a wall of lacquer cabinets has been installed. A corner on the main floor functions as the library/office and contains stacks of books, art, vintage globes, and a towering grandfather clock.
          Contrastingly, the lower level of the loft resembles a city apartment and houses the light-filled master bedroom and bath. The walls are painted stark white and the floors are of polished wood. A luxuriously upholstered bed is placed in front of a wall of shelves that serve as an open closet, and a freestanding bathtub along with a mirror-walled shower closet with sleek shower fittings.
         Another warehouse converted into my dream loft is located in the South Beach neighborhood of San Francisco. The striking Oriental Warehouse Loft by Edmonds + Lee Architects. This home’s design is a renovation of an existing apartment loft. To maximize the space inside the residence, the designers chose to abandon the general rules of maintaining privacy with regard to windows and transparency. Instead, the home opens up to nature with large expanses of glass to blend the inside and outside world.

Inside the rusted timber and brick structural shell, you will find a contemporary interior design with modern furniture, fixtures and finishes. There is also millwork detailing and the insertion of a steel cantilever stair that connects the ground floor living areas with the private sleeping quarters upstairs. The home is definitely a great rehabilitation project and the results are amazing!

So there you have it. Those are my dream houses…………errr…………..lofts. I know, I know, a bit unrealistic. But it is, after all, a DREAM house, yes?

So…tomorrow the challenge continues!








XOXO,

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