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Chelsea gets her plan in on time!


Chelsea describes her space:”I designed more from general principles than from a specific need. I prefer flexibility and I approach things from a functional point of view. I took on the bathroom because I needed to reclaim some space; I took on the kitchen because I like kitchens.

I kept the front door in the same place. There’s room behind the door for hooks and a shelf for gloves/hats, so the closet can be used for out-of-season and long-term storage. The nook by the doorway is an office, for unloading all the household business that shouldn’t be dragged all over the house. Across from the door, I imagine a big, squishy chair-and-a-half that says, “Welcome home!” With the side table, it’s also a convenient place for a book and a cup of tea. The coat closet is handily near the door.

On the other side of the structural column is the media cabinet; the niche in front of the column is a convenient size for media storage. This placement lets the sound travel away from the entry, leaving the office and reading area quieter. I’d also be inclined to lower the ceiling in this area (between the two columns). I roughed in a sectional; I imagine it has a chaise longue against the wall for lounging and viewing.

The big, open area is for various chairs and tables, for flexible conversation groupings. The furniture here would be a smaller scale, easier to shift about as the conversational tides turn.

Next is a dressing/sitting area attached to the master bedroom; the seating here would be comfier (a loveseat would be nice) and closer together for more intimate conversation. There’s a full wall sectioning off the bed. I’ve added an 18″ deep ledge behind the bed to replace the nightstands I couldn’t squeeze in. The partition wall allows privacy but doesn’t interrupt the lovely wall of windows.

Between the master sitting/dressing area and the dining room is a large storage unit — closed cabinets on the lower side (probably facing the dining room) and shelving units above, some open from both sides and some backed on one side or another. The position was dicated by the width of the bed, which is 6′ wide and has 3′ aisles on either side. With a smaller bed or 30″ aisles, the storage unit slides next to the column, the closet walls come out (more closet space!) and the space between the closet and the exterior column is filled with a bookshelf.

Since the dining area is long and narrow, I roughed in a rectangular table. If you’re a messy cook, there’s room to build a wall across the end to hide the kitchen, but since lofts tend to be open, I left it out.

I wasn’t specifically designing for a child, but a loft should have one enclosed room for privacy. It could also be used as a master bedroom (freeing the master suite for office/guest duty) or as an office. The little nook is not solely a function of “Oh, yeah, I need closets.” All homes, and particularly wide-open homes, need the occastional smaller, enclosed space. For a child’s room, this is a “secret” play space that can be hidden behind a curtain. In a guest room, perhaps a place for a chair. In an office, cover the walls with inspirational pictures (a la Carisa’s cork wall) or install a bookcase for long-term storage. If you want to use the enclosed room as a master, the nook becomes the entry to a reconfigured walk-in closet. (See adjacent sketch.)

The bathroom has a lot of wasted space in the middle; there’s probably room for a bench by the windows. I reserved 12″ for the wall between toilet and tub to hold plumbing for the tub/shower. I’d also cut in a niche about 24″ high and maybe 6″ deep for toilet paper or knick-knackier things (depending on your decorative preferences).

I used a galley layout in the kitchen because I think corner cabinets tend to become black holes of hard-to-reach storage. If you like kitchens, the details are:

Left wall: 3″ fill, 18″ pantry with roll-out shelves, 15″ cabinet (possibly vertical storage for baking sheets/trays), 36″ product-placed range, 36″ cabinet.

Right wall: 36″ product-placed cabinet depth refrigerator, 42″ cabinet, 36″ sink cabinet with double sink, 18″ drawers, 24″ product-placed dishwasher.

I think that covers it….”
Chelsea, you get a gold star for kitchen description alone!
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