As the before photographs show, this industrial loft was dark and uninviting, even though it had 13 large windows and doors on three exposures, and the space was dominated by a large duct running through the center. CTA’s renovation transformed the space into a light-filled open and modern living space for a single professional who likes to entertain. The new design creates an open floor plan with a large central kitchen, flanked on either side by living and dining spaces that are perfectly scaled for solo use or larger parties. The new entry layout more than quadrupled the original amount of storage, providing plenty of closet space, bike storage, and a bank of counter height drawers, topped by a glass wall, which maintains the openness of the space while keeping the clutter of the entry separate from the main living space. The master suite—with a small office, bedroom, and expanded master bath—is open to the space for daily living, but can be closed off when needed by a pocket door. The visually intrusive ductwork was replaced with a new HVAC system, which both functions better and is less visually dominant. New lighting was added with a simple grid of track lights, which exposed the original wood ceiling structure. New finishes brighten the palate while emphasizing the texture and character of the heavy timber and brick. This project was featured in Boston Home’s Fall 2017 edition.
Photos by Jane Messinger