With its emphasis on openness and space over creature comforts like, say, a living room, loft living is perfect for young creative types who are more interested in throwing dance parties than dinners. But there comes a time when what you really want in a home is a cozy spot to watch TV.
Adrian Jones knows this well. The designer had been living in his top-floor loft in Brooklyn for nine years when his wife moved in and the need to update his bachelor pad was revealed.
Jones consulted local design/build firm Ten to One, who answered the call with a "loop" of reclaimed oak and sustainably harvested butternut wood into the center of the loft, organizing the space into several smaller areas.
Energy efficient climate control comes courtesy of a passive cross-ventilation system involving skylights, patio doors, and ceiling fans. A large, striking dining table has been constructed from scrap lumber. LED lighting provides low-wattage illumination with minimal maintenance.
The eco design angle came naturally, as Mimi Zeiger writes in Dwell:
Eco-mindedness is a matter-of-fact part of everyday life for the couple and the designer. “Sustainability comes from flexibility and planning for the long term,” Garrick says. “This is not a glammed-up loft.”
Photos: Kevin Cooley