Maybe you have an old house waiting to be rehabilitated. Or maybe you’ve found an old factory or garage in which to unleash your creativity and make sense of your life. Whatever your case, in our architecture studio sanahuja & partners we consider helping you to convert an old house into a loft with a modern and industrial look. As expert technical architects in building renovation, we enable you to fulfill your dream of interior design in an essential and optimal way, and we do it through these wise advice.
Rehabilitate an industrial site: the inherited trend of 50
The origin of the lofts translates us to the New York of the 50s. The neighborhoods of Tribeca, Soho and Barrio Oeste were protagonists of a flourishing and later forgotten industry that gave rise to the reuse of those spaces, to which they were granted a new use. Its diaphanous, spacious and highly spacious essence, generated a new style of housing coined under the name of loft, which satisfied the most artistic and contemporary spirits. Nowadays, the term loft already oscillates between lifestyle and decorative style, becoming a burning trend of architecture and interior design. Cities such as Barcelona, in neighborhoods such as Poblenou, are firmly committed to the reconversion of old houses or factories into modern lofts, which inspire their owners and submerge them in that necessary harmony on a day-to-day basis. The first of the guidelines is to give a modern and minimalist touch to spaces, but always under the premise of preserving what was once architecture.
How to convert an old house into an industrial loft: the keys
Making an old home or industrial premises a warm and cozy place requires a lot of work, as it also needs some investment, good taste and a dose of optimism. For this reason, most processes of this type are carried out by architects and interns experts in the rehabilitation of homes, which indicate the path to follow and advise the right direction in which the inspiring project should advance. You should also have a look at Garage Conversion Reading
Conservation of ancient elements: We already talked about how much it is fashionable in the architecture sector to conserve walls and beams belonging to the old structure of the building to enhance the origin and authenticity of the project. Of course, the state in which they are located should be studied, so that aesthetics does not compromise the safety of the building in any way. In the case of industrial premises, beams and pipes are left to light, as well as gray concrete walls, which are devoid of coating. In case of choosing to coat the walls, imitation concrete ceramics is a perfect material, because it achieves that industrial aesthetics so retro from the New York lofts, but with the properties of the ceramic, such as quality and durability.
The design: The style to follow when rehabilitating an industrial loft appeals to minimalism, to the amplitude and simplicity of the lines. The spaces are used to the maximum, trying to reduce the architectural barriers to the minimum expression, and minimizing the number of walls and doors. In fact, the kitchens are joined to the living room, the office to the bedroom, constituting the empty space as the most important and valued space. The ceilings, on the other hand, must enjoy a considerable height or if there is not one, you should bet on creating sensations of height through the decoration and the finishes. In short, when converting an old house into a loft you must bet on the simplification of the space, which becomes simple, practical and very functional.
Colors: Referring once again to serenity and simplicity, the colors predominantly used to create a loft with an industrial spirit are cold and clear colors. The most common are white and broken white, as well as gray inspired by cement or concrete. On the other hand, betting on the spaces for the warmth and welcome, so that comes into play the range of earth colors or cream and wood is introduced, which takes a privileged position in the project. Additionally, and in small doses, try to find the contrast, so choose to introduce more intense colors in a privileged corner is not a crazy proposal.
The furniture: Few and large are preferred, industrial and modern style. Through them you can also introduce yourself in color, which combines and transgresses the sobriety of the walls masterfully.
As for the distribution, if the space is large, the pieces of furniture can be placed so that they form small areas or islands, visually distributing the spaces and differentiating them from each other.
Lighting: The firm commitment to spaciousness makes natural light essential in this type of rehabilitation project. Large windows and stained glass windows govern the rooms, and opt for “walls” and glass doors that, visually, enlarge the interior design. The exterior sneaks in, thus in the interior through the light, as also the landscape sneaks in.