For those in search of a modern structure, to be used as an office or as a residence, one cannot fail to know one of the trends that is taking place especially in the big cities: that of to renovate a loft. We hear about it often, both from the magazines of the sector and on many television programs, yet we do not have a clear idea of what a loft actually is. What emerges from the photographs taken on the internet is an open space environment in the planimetry and in the internal cubature, previously used for industrial or commercial use but which becomes available to turn into a comfortable home or an office avant-garde.
It is no coincidence that there are many professional studios, especially in architecture and design, recreated in large spaces where the possibility of working in groups is favored by the presence of a single environment. The loft, thanks to the large floor area and the immensity of the structure, it has many potentials: it can be restructured in different ways, recreating very original personalized spaces. It is necessary to underline that the renovation works are complex, not so much for the size as for the presence of strict rules to transform a warehouse into a residential home.
In fact it will be important to inquire about municipal regulations and the costs to be incurred to change the cadastral category of the structure considering that, depending on the class of origin, high taxes could be paid at the time of purchase. Furthermore, it is good practice to study the condominium regulations (if there were any) to make sure that there is no impediment to the intended use of the warehouse.
The advantages of a loft renovation to obtain a modern and functional home
In other words: should I buy a loft? It depends on some factors such as the intended use and the investments you want to make, considering that, at the end of the work, a unique and exclusive environment can be achieved. Many will be asking the same question: in technical jargon, what is a loft? Well, according to the common definition the etymology of the word loft derives from the German aerial or from the Norwegian lopt and, in both cases, the literary translation of the terms is air.
The air, in fact, is the first element that characterizes the structure that has no dividing walls and a large floor. Second element is the brightness created by the presence of wide views realized in the form of a window or French windows. If it is a disused warehouse it is easy to see how an industrial space needs above all natural light and a single environment that allows the use of work machinery or furniture for commercial use.
Once disused, the structure can be recovered to obtain a room to be used as an office or residential home. Based on the result you will want to get the project di renovation da shop/ lofted shed it can foresee specific interventions: it will be fundamental to consider the architectural layout of the warehouse, the redefinition of the planimetry, the opportunity or not to realize one or more mezzanines to be used as a study or sleeping area.
Un renovated loft it is much more than a simple apartment with unparalleled comfort compared to traditional dwellings: the large surface makes it possible to play with the furniture following the latest trends and personalizing every corner of the structure. There will be no space problems even if, in hindsight, the question of privacy could arise. An apartment has doors that isolate the rooms from each other allowing you to cut out a corner right inside the house.
With some tricks also the loft can have spaces within which it will be possible to isolate yourself by listening to good music or reading a good book. The difficulty to restructure a loft they are only initial, that is in the design phase. For a disused warehouse, internal and external restructuring may be necessary, with particular attention to the facility's viability. It could be useful to modernize the building by rebuilding the external façade, as well as the water and electricity systems will have to adapt to the intended use.
A feature to be studied will be to make the environment welcoming by using thermal insulation solutions that can heat the space without wasting energy. One of the problems that a loft could present, for example, is precisely that of energy dispersion caused both by the internal cubature and by the building materials used in the construction phase. An industrial warehouse uses heating systems that are very different from those of a normal home: the power is greater (not surprisingly, the industrial electrical system has a different voltage) having to heat / cool a large surface especially in height.
We need to find the best alternative to thermally insulate the loft through one complete energy restructuring. The insulation, for example, is a system that allows the installation of thermal insulating panels inside the rooms as well as the predilection of the coat which, in this case, covers the warehouse externally. The coat can be useful if the loft will be obtained from an independent structure with respect to condominiums and buildings unlike the insulation that can be realized in any type of environment.
To further improve the thermal insulation it will be possible to install double-glazed windows that, without losing brightness, will reduce heat dispersion in winter, preventing heat from entering during the summer. Some fixtures can also be equipped with selective films that will let the sun's rays penetrate (thus illuminating the space), filtering those UVB and UVA: in other words natural light will flood the loft without overheating the environment during the summer season.
A pellet stove or a fireplace can be used during the winter, preferring the innovative wood-fired thermo-kitchen. The latter, in addition to cooking the food, is suitable for heating the rooms providing hot water all day and at the same time allowing savings on gas and electricity. Finally, if you want to have a cool loft during the summer, a good conditioning system (equipped with anti-smog and anti-pollen filters) can spread coolness quickly. The only space available facilitates the rapid diffusion of fresh air since it is possible to install a system to be mounted only on one wall.
If the loft it has no subdivisions in the plan, the optimization of the space will be evaluated according to your needs. the structure can develop both in extension and in height as it can intelligently exploit this last feature. An apartment generally does not exceed three meters while a warehouse can reach double in internal volume; consequently it is almost mandatory to create a mezzanine inside which a further room can be obtained. In most cases it is intended for mezzanine to sleeping, the study or the creation of arelax area (with stereo system, bookcase and sofa) because the area is visibly detached from the entire surface.
Entering a loft, the absence of divisions and the possibility of embracing with a glance all that is placed in front immediately stands out. the loft is located above the field of view, guaranteeing the privacy that you are looking for in a building. The bathroom will also be made separately, preferably in a corner at the mezzanine level that will serve as the roof of the room. The solution does not detract from the loft concept of space and, at the same time, will guarantee all those comforts present in a traditional dwelling.
Since the open space there will be no living room, kitchen or entrance, but space optimization can be studied through the use of specific furnishing accessories: there are monoblock kitchens that disappear behind some panels that will isolate the hob and the sink area. The idea is to recreate a continuum with the furnishings used for the living room without creating discontinuity between the various areas.
Someone will be wondering: how to furnish a loft? Since there are no subdivisions it is difficult to understand where to lay the table, where the sofa is and where to recreate the study. The use of furnishing accessories must be done following some simple rules that, overall, will keep the basic characteristic of the structure intact. Essentiality is the cardinal principle to be respected because just a few pieces of furniture will be enough to personalize the space.
Obviously you will have to avoid that sense of dispersion typical of an open space environment by positioning each complement in the right places. For the kitchen, a wall can be reserved by choosing a design table for both the dining room and family dinners. The sofa lying away from the wall will visibly reduce the large space but can be embellished with a table and a living room rug.
Another wall will be used for a large bookcase as you can choose a middle ground with a display case in which porcelain dishes will be exhibited. If the mezzanine will be used for the sleeping area, a bed without a chest of drawers or headboard will suit the small area created by the structure which, remaining essential, can be optimized with small bedside tables and a suspended wardrobe.
The solution of the suspended furnishings it is designed precisely to accentuate open spaces, even more so when the loft has a floor area of less than 60 square meters. The feeling will be that of floating accessories that will divide the space in an intuitive and functional way, creating a truly remarkable optical illusion. The trends of the moment leave no room for any doubt: theIndustrial Design it is the relevant style for an abandoned industrial structure.
The use of furniture made of iron and wood recreates the urban atmosphere typical of the big metropolises: copper lamps or spotlight systems will illuminate the evening loft that will keep the rustic appearance of the exposed brick walls intact. If the Industrial does not like it, why not choose a piece of furniture Minimal? Light and clean lines can make rooms welcoming with harmony and style. To be banned are the classic accessories, too heavy for a cutting-edge space, better a Boho Style for a sparkling and youthful touch.
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