House Tour: Dave's Surf-themed Loft in Bklyn

House Tour: Dave's Surf-themed Loft in Bklyn

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Maxwell Ryan
Aug 27, 2008

Here is Keehnan's final post! Comment away...

Name: Dave D.
Location: East Williamsburg/Bushwick
Size: 1534 sq ft in total-2 floors divded with a wooden stairwell, lower level bedroom-the bedroom is 500 sq ft
Years lived in: 8 years since the building's inception

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Dave, in addition to living downstairs from us, works from home. While he designs tees for his own line and plays a part in other ventures, clearly his first love is surfing.

Dave's loft is divided into two levels by a staircase he built himself, with the lower serving as his bedroom and paneled closet - quiet and perfect for sleeping. The ground floor functions as everything else. One enters through his office, into the the large main space. This has been divided up into several smaller areas: a small living and media room, a dining area, a second work space, a hallway closet, and the kitchen...

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Most of the furniture in the living room - the turntable shelving, the media console, the coffee table - were made by either Dave himself or by friends. The shelving throughout the loft is also custom, having been made from salvaged timber and railroad ties. The dining table is constructed from repurposed table bases and a piece of plexiglass found on the street.

Lofts can be difficult to personalize; breaking up space appropriately is often an issue, and creating reasonable storage options when possesions are exposed by default can also present problems unless you have a compulsive urge to edit. Dave has done this beautifully, though it helps that he has fantastic taste in books and magazines, which are prominetly displayed throughout in casual but intentional stacks. Graffitied, exposed brick and the surf boards suspended from the ceiling also help to make this space totally unique.

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AT Survey

How would you define your style?

AMERICAN CLASSIC SPORTWEAR MEETS SURFER-CLEAN, COMFORTABLE AND COLORFUL

What is your greatest inspiration?

MOTHER OCEAN, GIRLFRIEND, MOM

What is your favorite element of your home?

SURFBOARDS HANGING FROM CEILING, WALKING DOWN THE STAIRS, WALKING UP THE STAIRS,40 FT LONG WALL OF EXPOSED BRICK

What is the biggest challenge of your home?

HAVING 13 FT CEILINGS - USING THE LADDER TO GET TO MY SHELVING

What DIY project are you most proud of?

hanging surfboards to have more space, the stairwell railing..

What is your Biggest Indulgence, when furnishing your home?

bed, bedframe and couch by design within reach

Best Advice:

reuse and recycle materials

Dream Source:

any wood, metal and raw/ industrial materials i can reuse to make something out of; tables, night stands, shelving, etc.

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- Keehnan Konyha

This is the last of four posts by Keehnan that we've posted during the past two weeks. All others are below:

August Inspiration: Jay Spectre
How To: Copy Gorgeous Room Dividers
Milk Paint in Peter Hinwood's Home

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