Episode 15 - The Home Sweet Home Loft March 20, 2018 Chip and I feel like every time we drive downtown, we see another old building being renovated and turned into loft apartments. I’ve always thought it sounded kind of dreamy to live in a downtown loft, so when our friend, Catherine, asked us to help her find one and fix it up, we were excited to help her and take on our very first Fixer Upper loft. Working with smaller square footage gave this fixer its own set of challenges, but we worked to maximize it where we could, and I have to admit—we had a lot of fun doing it! Catherine wanted to be relatively close to her fitness studio in the downtown area, a home office, a guest room, a view of downtown. DESIGN ELEMENTS The inspiration materials I used to interpret the style of the apartment The original layout of the apartment offered a blank canvas, and the bones were a perfect starting place. To bring in Catherine’s fun personality, I chose interesting light fixtures and incorporated modern shapes and metals. For the color palette, I stuck with a clean white base, anchored by bold colors like deep blue and black, and balanced it out with the warmth of natural wood and brass accents. ENTRYWAY Objective | Create an impactful entrance into the home You typically might not think of an apartment as needing an entryway, but I felt like this was a good opportunity to set the tone for the rest of the home. Our cabinet maker, Marvin, installed this white oak wall treatment and it gave the space added texture while pairing beautifully with the new stucco fireplace. LIVING ROOM Objective | Maximize the existing open floor plan and natural light to make the space inviting with the view as a focal point One of the best things about an apartment downtown is the cityscape view—especially a corner apartment like this one! I wanted to use these windows to our advantage and really draw your eye to them. Initially I considered installing trim around them, but that started to feel a little too traditional for this space. Ultimately I decided that the clean simple lines made the biggest impact of all. We also pulled the furniture away from the walls so it wouldn’t block that view. When we designed this glass wall it was with the intention of making the office feel like an integrated part of the home, but it also ended up making the living room feel more airy and spacious. Our glass guy, Dustin, really outdid himself with this unit—the finished look made carrying it up three flights of stairs worth it! It adds in this industrial, architectural element that makes the whole space feel more urban and like it belongs in the heart of downtown. The goal in this home was to maximize every inch of space we could find. We removed he traditional ceilings to expose the ductwork, which gave an industrial feel I knew Catherine would appreciate, while also making the whole space much larger. HOME OFFICE + GUEST ROOM Objective | Make the most out of the available square footage to create a multifunctional room that fits Catherine’s needs Catherine needed a home office and a bed for her guests to stay in, but there was only one spare room. The solution—a loft stlye bed! The tall ceilings gave us a lot of vertical space to work with so we took full advantage of it with the added “guest room.” To give the whole apartment a little more depth, we painted the back wall of the office a matte black and softened it with shades of blue and white. The lofted bed left plenty of floor space for an office desk and a reading nook with a view. KITCHEN Objective | Update the kitchen to create a modern, industrial style kitchen to match the rest of the home This kitchen feels like it belongs in an apartment in Manhattan, which is perfect for Catherine. The kitchen island is on wheels which not only works so well in this apartment, it also gives Catherine plenty of room to spread out and cook...or dance as Chip would suggest. The industrial feeling you get from the exposed ductwork is carried into into the kitchen with a black metal vent hood and open shelving, the island on wheels, hanging track lighting, and mixed metal accents and hardware. Black square handmade tile laid in this grid pattern is definitely a more modern look. We balanced it out with white lower cabinets and warmed everything up with brass hardware. The open space of the room makes this an ideal apartment for entertaining. Even with no formal dining room, there’s plenty of seating and counter space for hosting. MASTER SUITE Objective | Use the same elements to create a comfortable master suite for Catherine The master bedroom had all the right bones, we just had to complement the design from the main room to make it a restful space for Catherine. Since we were working with limited space, I knew that fitting two classic side tables and a headboard would be a stretch, so instead we installed the same white oak wall treatment from the entryway to serve as a headboard, a ledge for layering art and family photos, and modified side tables. The master bathroom is beautiful with the mixed metals and waterfall countertops, but it’s also really functional with plenty of storage and countertop space. Every aspect of this loft design was an adventure, and we loved getting to help bring Catherine’s vision to life. Welcome home, Catherine! We hope you enjoy living here as much as we enjoyed designing it for you. And yes, Chip still pulls out those gold shoes from time to time when he feels like getting his “boogie on.” And I wish I was kidding, but he even tried to wear them for week one of marathon training. Interview With Homeowner Q: What was something that surprised you about the design process? A: Joanna has an innate ability to take an idea and translate it into a reality that exceeds expectations. Her attention to detail allowed me to trust the whole process. It was incredible to see how different thoughts, ideas, and dreams came to life! Q: What is your favorite room in the house, and why? A: The whole space is ridiculous and amazing. If I had to zero in on a favorite space it would be the loft/office mashup. The glass walls are such a unique concept that makes that room dynamic. The room screams both productivity and peace and I love that. Q: What is your favorite feature in the house, and why? A: I love how open the space is. The open kitchen and living room are the heartbeat of the the loft. The stainless steel island is sick, and I can't get over the automated shades. I love that the space creates a home not just for me, but for my friends and family. Q: Why did you apply to Fixer Upper? A: My best friend and business partner and I were talking and she suggested I apply. Never in my wildest dreams did I think it would happen! I am so fortunate that Chip and Jo and are in Waco, Texas. They are amazing human beings with heart and unsurpassed talent. They are gold. Purchasing a home is a big leap of faith and who better to trust with this endeavor. I am grateful to have the opportunity to be a part of the journey. Q: How was your own personal style revealed in your home? A: Joanna developed a style that fit my personality....the blend of functionality, simplicity, and swag.