Designer Lofts and Cool Urban Living

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03 June 2016
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Who has not looked at the tempting images in lifestyle magazines and not wanted to live in a warehouse conversion? Often marketed as ‘lofts’ they are much sought after, particularly if they are in the more fashionable parts of London.

 

Hibbs and Walsh were commissioned to renovate a large warehouse flat overlooking the Thames. Originally converted in the 1980’s the flat was very dated, and the services had reached the end of their life. Out went the 12 seater Jacuzzi (it was acceptable in the 80’s) and out went all the curved partitions that looked so good on plan but really didn’t make good spaces.

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Working with the client – a distinguished sculptor – Hibbs and Walsh designed a modern family home, but retaining the industrial feel of the original building. High quality lighting is connected with surface run conduit, ventilation fans run through galvanised ducts, and a distressed oak floor sets off the forest of cast iron columns. Armour-coat polished plaster walls in the entrance hall lead to purpose made oak doors, modelled on an original from a French Château. Each bedroom has its own shower room, with materials supplied by CP Hart, and the neat and almost invisible kitchen is by Bulthaup. A high light is a historic Moroccan basin in hand beaten copper, sourced by the client’s wife as a present to her husband.

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