Old brick and timber lofts in Chicago are a dream to design because they are loaded with possibilities. Tall ceilings, exposed duct work and brick walls, oversized windows, and more create the ideal setting to realize a new vision.
Although there are very few limits to what can be done to the interior of a home, one challenge with loft design is delineating the living space (lofts are open floor plan on steroids in most cases) and getting the scale right (large multi-purpose rooms and tall ceilings are typical). This property is a good reminder of the changes that are possible. To show the evolution of this one bedroom loft, we included "before" pictures below:
Now that you've seen the pre-construction pictures, drumroll, please . . .
The finished space in its perfectly imperfect glory:
We think this home is "perfectly imperfect" because it was not staged with furniture or designed for a photo shoot. No product placements or wallet-busting decor. It is lived-in just the way you see it. The result is one of our favorite executions of a creative vision in a small home.