Contents 1 Loft and attic 2 Loft apartment 2.1 Industrial/hard loft 2.2 Soft loft 3 Other lofts 3.1 Commercial loft 3.2 Live/work loft 3.3 Mould loft 3.4 Rigging loft 3.5 Parachute loft 3.6 Sail loft 3.7 Church architecture 3.8 Loft conversions 3.9 Pigeon loft 4 See also 5 References 6 External links

Loft and attic[edit] In US usage a loft is an upper room or story in a building, mainly in a barn, directly under the roof, used either for storage (as in most private houses). In this sense it is roughly synonymous with attic, the major difference being that an attic typically constitutes an entire floor of the building, while a loft covers only a few rooms, leaving one or more sides open to the lower floor. In British usage, lofts are usually just a roof space accessed via a hatch and loft ladder, while attics tend to be rooms immediately under the roof accessed via a staircase. Lofts may have a specific purpose, e.g. an "organ loft" in a church, or to sleep in (sleeping loft). In barns a hayloft is often larger than the ground floor as it would contain a year's worth of hay. An attic or loft can often be converted to form functional living accommodation (see loft conversion).

Loft apartment[edit] Warehouses converted into loft apartments in Hoxton, London, England, United Kingdom Loft apartments are apartments that are generally built from former industrial buildings. When industrial developments are developed into condominiums instead of apartments, they may be called loft condominiums. The general term warehouse-to-loft conversions may sometimes be used for development of industrial buildings into apartments and condominiums. "Loft-style" may also refer simply to developments where a street-level business occupies the first floor while apartment "lofts" are placed above the first floor.[citation needed] Sometimes, loft apartments are one component of municipal urban renewal initiatives that also include renovation of industrial buildings into art galleries and studio space as well as promotion of a new part of the city as an "arts district". Originally popular with artists, they are now highly sought-after by other bohemians and hipsters, and the gentrification of the former manufacturing sectors of medium to large cities is now a familiar pattern.[1] One such sector is Manhattan's Meatpacking District. The adoption of the Adaptive Reuse Ordinance (2001) in the City of Los Angeles (primarily the Arts District) is another example of such legislation to encourage the conversion of no longer economically viable industrial and commercial buildings to residential loft communities. Such is the demand for these spaces that real estate developers have taken to creating ready-made "lofts" in urban areas that are gentrifying or that seem primed to do so. While some of these units are created by developers during the renovation of old buildings, a number of them are included in the floor plans of brand new developments. Both types of pre-fab loft offer buyers or renters proximity to urban amenities afforded by traditional lofts, but without perceived safety risks of living in economically depressed formerly industrial areas. Industrial/hard loft[edit] Real estate industry distinguishes between two kinds of lofts. "Hard lofts" are former industrial buildings converted to residential or live/work use. Soft loft[edit] "Soft lofts" are loft-style residential buildings built entirely anew. They are open-concept spaces with high ceilings, large windows, brickwork and cement ceilings. Soft lofts can be warmer and have modern finishes but lack the history of hard lofts.[2]

Other lofts[edit] Commercial loft[edit] A commercial loft refers to upper storey space, usually in a commercial or industrial building with higher ceilings; a second storey area for storage or offices above may be added within the original space used by a previous business occupant, effectively becoming a mezzanine area within the commercial loft space. Such adaptation of loft space, can result in better operating efficiencies for ongoing light industrial, commercial and work/live use. Live/work loft[edit] A Live/work loft is a residential unit located in a commercially zoned building that has either been issued a certificate of residential occupancy or meets specific criteria making it eligible for the protection of loft laws, which vary state by state. In New York State, a live/work loft must meet the following criteria: The building was formerly used for manufacturing or commercial purposes; The building has at least three units that were occupied residentially for 12 consecutive months during the window period from January 1, 2008 – December 31, 2009 The unit is at least 400SF with at least one window and can be accessed directly from a common area such as a hallway or the street; and The unit has a certificate of occupancy (CO) or an application for Loft Law protection has been filed on or before March 14, 2014. Loft Law was designed to protect artists and other entrepreneurs working from home. To qualify for the Loft Law protection, the unit must be primarily residential with the commercial purpose being clearly incidental to the residential use; utilising no more than 49% of the total space; with no more than 3 employees; and be carried on by the actual occupant of the unit. Historically, loft residents consisted of artists and other artisans taking advantage of cheap rents, large spaces and load-bearing floors. Loft residences were illegal and loft dwellers resided under commercial leases, forgoing basic residential rights such as hot water and sanitation. To relieve their plight, many state legislatures enacted loft laws. Mould loft[edit] A long building at a shipyard with a considerable floor area on which the lines produced by a naval architect can be laid off in their full dimensions. After that the full-size drawings can be copied with the aid of wooden moulds to which, in turn, the steel frames or, in the case of wooden vessels, the hull moulds, are fashioned (see lofting). Rigging loft[edit] An elevated area or gallery in a shipyard where workers stand while fitting rigging. Parachute loft[edit] A large, open, high ceilinged space where parachute riggers re-pack parachutes into parachute containers. Sail loft[edit] A large open space used by sailmakers to make sails. The floor has to be big enough to lay out the sail as the canvas is marked and cut ready for sewing. Church architecture[edit] Some churches have a choir loft, where the singers stand or sit during services. Sometimes the church organ is located in a loft. Loft conversions[edit] It is fairly common to convert all or part of a home into a loft to create an extra room in order to prevent needing to move to a new house. The most common additions are an extra bedroom or study. The attic area of a building tends to be unused, but when converted can add a large amount of floor space. Pigeon loft[edit] Housing for domestic pigeons are often called pigeon lofts.[3] Pigeon lofts consist of a large cage or aviary and sometimes a nest box. Pigeon loft

See also[edit] Fly system Loft bed Mezzanine Warehouse District

References[edit] ^ Zukin, Sharon (1989). Loft living: culture and capital in urban change. Rutgers University Press. ISBN 0-8135-1389-8.  ^ Filiatrault,Karyn (2013-07-13). "Will It Be Hard or Soft When You're Buying A Loft in Toronto?". Toronto. Retrieved 2017-04-03.  ^ Levi, Wendell (1977). The Pigeon. Sumter, S.C.: Levi Publishing Co, Inc. p. 507. ISBN 0-85390-013-2. 

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