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Living the Loft Life

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For most of us, lofts bring to mind a lifestyle known to Bohemian types in urban areas. Not anymore. Loft apartments and condos in suburban downtown areas are in style for everyone and highly sought after. Lofts have come a long way from their beginnings when starving artists had to sleep in their studios to avoid paying rent. Today”s affluent business professionals have come to love loft living. Invented in New York”s Soho in the 1960s, and made popular by Hollywood, lofts are the epitome of cool. Older buildings empty for years have been given a new lease on life. New construction of buildings specifically designed to emulate historic urban lofts are hot picks in suburbs and small towns. Lofts have become a chic living concept, offering comfort, convenience – and yes, a bit of style.

Location In their true sense, lofts are located in very large commercial buildings or former warehouses found in downtown areas. Lofts created in previously uninhabited or no longer used structures have become a way to re-vitalize a downtown area. So romantic a notion, loft living is now offered in newly constructed buildings designed to echo the historic appeal of the original loft concept. Lofts are found in central locations where their busy inhabitants can grab coffee on the walk to work, get a workout at the neighborhood gym and drop off dry cleaning. Another bonus: intown restaurants offer an array of dining choices right around the corner.

Space Found in older, warehouse-like buildings, historic lofts traditionally offer high ceilings, and original flooring such as wooden floorboards or concrete. Walls can be made of brick, steel or other industrial materials, and may feature old posts, beams and columns. These converted spaces usually feature high windows with architectural interest, not to mention a wide open floor plan with endless design possibilities. With historic lofts, most of the building”s original character is left untouched or touches of its history are played upon in the living space design.

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