Lofts provide a unique living experience due to their architectural and functional features.  They are usually constructed from converted factories, warehouses, gas stations, department stores, and other industrial and commercial buildings.  Others are originally built as lofts by design.

Lofts typically have these features:

  • Construction finished with exposed concrete, brick, wood and steel beams, and other industrial materials.
  • Large, open spaces allowing for flexible floorplans.
  • High ceilings (10′ to 20′ or more) with exposed ductwork and electrical lines.
  • Expansive windows allowing for lots of natural light.


Read articles on what is a loft and the pros and cons of living in one:

Bob Vila: Loft Living

Dezeen: Loft interiors (article index)

HGTV: All About Loft Architecture

Homedit: The Pros and Cons of Living in a Loft

Houzz: 12 Tips for Living Well in Your Loft or Studio


Buy books on buying, renovating, and living in loft condos:

Lofts: New Design for Urban Living

Lofts: New Design for Urban Living by  Felicia Eisenberg Molnar

Lofts features full-color photographs, plans, and a valuable resource guide for anyone who has every dreamed of converting a commercial building into a residential loft.” Published in 2001.

View details and find a place to buy or borrow at Google Books.


Get ideas and inspiration from these image galleries:

ArchDaily: Loft architecture and design (81 galleries)

HGTV: Loft Designs, Styles & Decorating (galleries and videos)

Home Magez: 40 Loft Living Spaces That Will Blow Your Mind

Pinterest: Architecture: Lofts by Barbara Farrington (339 images)

Pinterest: Loft Lifestyle by Carte Blanche (52 images)

Pinterest: Loft Lifestyle! by HQ Designs (51 images)

Pinterest: Loft Living by Alma Ervin (185 images)

Pinterest: Loft Living by Remodelista (107 images)

Pinterest: to live in a loft by by Kristen Hewett (125 images)