The Inside Out: (4000 sq ft of) Living Well in Williamsburg!

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Communal living is not something we have addressed too much during the house tour explorations. Here is an upwards of 4000 square foot loft full of artists in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

As much of a cliche as such a scenario may be at this point, I thought it would be a good idea to get a peek inside one.

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Check out their ingenuity and pragmatism.

There are three units within the one large space and each unit is subdivided into a couple of bedrooms. Each unit's owner(s) have taken the initiative to personalize and develop their own space using salvaged materials and sustainable techniques.

In one unit, they have created a dance floor with radiant heating beneath a well varnished hardwood floor. This will be used as a dance floor. floor heating is one of the most efficient ways to heat a large space with high ceilings. As heat rises, it makes sense for the source to be as low as possible.

It is so sad to see so many loft units with very ceilings and heating units that shoot air overhead. This is a terrible waste and very frustrating. (I say this from personal
experience.)

One of the bedrooms in the unit with the heated dance floor also boasts radiant heating and another bedroom uses age old techniques to try to capture existing heat trends.

The occupant has a summer bed and a winter bed. In the winter, she climbs into her carved wood loft, about 8 feet above ground, and takes advantage of the warm air up high. In the summer, she sleeps in a fold-out bed on the ground floor to cash in on the cool down low.

Swings, huge kitchen tables, great shelving and storage devices, and great views are all details that make this space easily livable. When it comes down to it, we want to be able to live in the spaces we create for ourselves, and to live well. these artists have made great headway towards that ideal through the use of simple, inexpensive materials and hard work. Super Sleuth JS

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Maxwell left teaching in 2001 to start Apartment Therapy as a design business helping people to make their homes more beautiful, organized AND healthy. The website started up in 2004 with the help of his brother, Oliver.