When many people think about urban lofts, they picture a wide-open space that serves a variety of purposes. And while not every loft is constructed in such a fashion, many Ė probably the majority Ė are. So for the purposes of this article, thatís what weíre talking about. The best part of living in a loft like that: Options.
Historically, lofts doubled as home and work for artistic sorts, whether they were musicians or artists. And, indeed, a loft with an open floor plan is essentially a blank canvas. There are no interior walls that make you abide by the space someone else has created. The ceilings donít feel as if they are closing in on you. And if you decide to use walls to define a space Ė many people put up walls for a bathroom, bedroom or closet, for example Ė the option is entirely yours.
The majority of people who live in lofts do not feel the need to have a walled-in kitchen, living room or dining room. They enjoy the open and airy feeling. They like being at the stove or sink and being able to see the television, the front door, or out the large windows that are the trademark of many urban lofts. But if they want to define the space a little bit, it typically isnít a hard thing to accomplish. Put a table and chairs against the wall near the kitchen and out flowers or a nice centerpiece on it. Thereís the dining room. Or put a couch and a couple of chairs 8 feet from the television and throw an area rug in the space between. Thereís the living room. Want even more definition? Buy a couch thatís shaped like an L.
Lofts also are perfect spots for people who work from home. After all, thatís the purpose they originally served. But given the connectedness of the world today, it is not just artists and musicians who live and work in lofts. Itís just about anyone who can do all or part of their jobs remotely Ė from journalists to accountants, marketing professionals to computer whizzes. If youíre someone who works from home, but canít imagine how you would get anything done when youíre staring at the kitchen or the television, fear not. There are many ways to make a home office in a loft. Put a desk in the corner of the room and install a curtain that blocks your view of the rest of your place. If you need something a little more permanent, hire someone to frame in a 10 by 10 space. The options really are endless.
If you like a room for this and a defined space for that, an urban loft may not be the best choice for you. But if you like making your space just the way you want it, itís worth looking into a loft.
Twin Cities Realtor and article writer, Andy Asbury helps online home buyers find in-depth information on all Minneapolis condos and lofts. For up to the minute information on Minneapolis lofts visit www.MinnesotaLoftsandCondos.com or call Andy Asbury today!
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