Designed and custom built as an architect's personal showcase home, this award-winning heritage conversion is the only true loft residence in New Edinburgh. Every detail here is planned to make a stunning impression. It's that rarest of private spaces, appealing to the intelligence; seriously pleasing to the discriminating eye. »cont'd
This unique home re-imagines an original structure dating from 1919. The site: a charming lane in heritage New Edinburgh, just across from the School of Dance. There is exotic history here: in the early 1950's the building was a cosmic ray research laboratory. The 2003 conversion makes aesthetic use of the best industrial features of the original.
From the sheltered entryway the playful, practical spirit of the architect's vision announces itself. Huge granite stones provide a zen-like step. Steel girders and cedar planks frame the porch, along with commercial grade solid aluminum windows. You'll notice the zinced-metal exterior shingles maintenance-free for decades. The second floor, built above the original brick walls is clad with long-lasting concrete panel siding.
Entering this unique home will always be a pleasure. The rich blue stone tints of the reception hall floor contrast with translucent silk-red acrylic doors that seem to be made of pure light. A ground floor powder in the reception corridor is both private and life-aware. The large walk in shower here has a low tap, anticipating muddy dogs and other contingencies.
Explore the soaring public spaces. You'll delight in the play of levels aimed at keeping the huge loft open while setting the stage for various moments and moods. Towering 17 foot ceilings evoke a modern cathedral for socializing in the formal living room. Floor to ceiling corner windows maximize light while creating wall space for gallery-scale artwork.
A nearby sitting area makes use of the industrial stairway to frame a cozy hearth – a warm anchor feature transforming the character of this residence on winter evenings. The large dining area is informal, open, yet sited in its own distinct space, framed by a stunning 17-foot high wall. Large scale art work will triumph here.
An event-sized and chef-friendly kitchen is invitingly sheltered under a strategically lowered ceiling. The room takes its discrete but unmistakable European feel from quality cabinets and imported Italian flooring, with gas range and ample pantry cupboards. The fusion of cooking, socializing and entertaining in this home is seamless
To the front of the loft, a separate entertaining space makes a tranquil media room under open and lowered ceilings. Though open to light it is refuge-quiet here, thanks to the overbuilt masonry walls, and high efficiency foam insulation. Notice how the architect plays with windows to revel in the wall's thickness.
Up the back stairway you'll discover a dramatic reading room or fourth bedroom, suspended, loft style, from the ceiling beams. The light and space is unique. Beyond, check out the compact internal mechanical systems and storage area. Advanced technology manages the independently controlled radiant floor heating. A commercial grade roof and ultra efficient insulation, means heating requires less energy and very small footprint. All mechanical, electrical and structural systems in this home are superior industrial quality.
The industrial main stairway leads to a private upper floor. Along the way you'll pass a mid-floor landing loft style office. The upstairs floor also makes use of levels to delineate spaces. A long wide hall is bright, light and purposeful. There's a laundry here and a contemporary main bath. Step down to the master suite – a refined room with a lovely private hall double doors to a private upper deck plus separate dressing area, and spacious ensuite with air-jet tub and walk-in shower.
Two additional bedrooms provide space to accommodate any family or personal lifestyle with ample storage, and charming views. Flooring throughout the upper area is wood composite, set on a thick industrial concrete base. Result? Enhanced privacy and remarkably quiet nights.
For those who crave a truly contemporary space, designed and hand crafted with deep intelligence and style, nothing compares with this unique loft masterpiece. The beautiful village location, close to everything makes it perfect. Plan your personal appointment very soon.
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