Loft as a living space
London loft conversions
You always want to make your home unique, not like others. In the search of individual living spaces, many of us remodel their houses, whilst others seek out tested solutions. In this context, a loft turns out the most exceptional type of urban housing, since every project is unique and adjustable to the needs of its dwellers. Rather than a type of housing, loft is a lifestyle. To grasp its concept, let's trace back the origins.
A loft is an attic room intended for production purposes, meaning it is not adjusted for housing to a large extent. A loft was commonly perceived as such until the 20th century, when American artists started opening it up, since high windows of former workshops provided plenty of light required for the work, and its location in industrial districts substantially reduced rent fee. Strained financial position of creative people (as it is well known, a good artist is a hungry artist) forced them to combine workplace and housing space. It lasted like that until the late 50's, when American bohemia opened for them this new housing type. Andy Warhol's Factory, located in a former warehouse, played a significant role here, as well. Living in a loft represents a certain level of the revolutionary spirit; a creative person, acting like this, manifests an unwillingness to be squeezed into a generally established framework (a vast half-ruined hut was preferred to a 3-room apartment with a refuse chute).
Nowadays a spirit of liberty took a back seat to manifestation of a certain degree of financial position and society status of a person residing in a loft. Prices for this property were drastically pulled down by the corresponding demand. If in the late 50's loft rent fee in the downtown New York was only 10-15 dollars (heating and water supply systems were widely absent), in 2000's a real loft-hunting was launched, with the price of over 5 thousand dollars per square meter.
A favorable location is another advantage of lofts as a living space: what used to be suburbs and working districts half a century ago is now the heart of the "Big Apple"; this is exactly why neglected warehouses gained a value of gold, while artists still have privileges when selecting Manhattan Lofts. After New York, a loft-living style was spread across to European cities.
High ceilings, big windows and unlimited space largely characterize a modern loft conversion. Must-have reminders of a primary purpose of the room should be also added to the picture, such as pipes, brick walls, unfinished wooden or cracked concrete floor, etc. The spirit of the past creates its peculiar aura, whilst the process of turning an abandoned workshop into comfortable housing reminds a rebirth of the phoenix bird from the ashes. The charm of a loft conversion is in its adoptability. Here you are not limited by walls, with only a kitchen and a bathroom permanently placed. Loft is divided into areas, not rooms, which can be fenced off by screens, separated by furniture or replaced the way you want. That is why lofts are so tremendously popular among creative people; for the first time ever they are presented with unlimited space for experiments and self-expression. Despite popular opinion, a loft conversion is not only a resort for well-off single fun seekers or certain-mannered actors. More and more modern-minded young couples (including those with kids) turn their eyes on this type of lodging.
Quite often apartments are built in a loft style, which may be obviously lacking a history's imprint, but are surely more adjusted to living. New lofts are deliberately kept in a factory-style, as a sort of reminder of their origins, and when combined with modern furniture, a special charm is added to an apartment.
A loft conversion is an exotic phenomenon, and not to everyone's taste. But the spirit of freedom and aspiration for open space may be also known for certain mainstream people. It is worth an effort to create a loft-style environment in a standard flat, unless loft-related concepts and dreams are completely obscure to you. Lack of space in the big cities make the home ownes to think about extra living space for growing families in households. There are many different types of loft conversions and attics, basement conversions, as well as house extension options.
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