When we dream about a loft we might be thinking about that New York apartment, above the old warehouse; the one with the open floor plan, the 100-year-old brick walls and the double height ceilings. Or we might be wondering if our unused attic space could be turned into something usable; maybe made into something rather special.

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Most of our attics are simply space to run pipes, electrical lines or heating and air conditioning ducts. Maybe it’s a dusty storage room that has only a one-way sign; in, never out. We just put everything we can’t figure out what to do with there.

If we are really fortunate, our attics can be transformed into something beyond special – that dream room. Or if we are constructing a second story, then we can really vault the ceiling and create a masterpiece; a new living room, a dream bedroom or an office suite.

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Lofts represent a touch of drama. Lofts usually sit just under a roof, above the main floor, or over a warehouse. They are spaces filled with out-of-the-ordinary lines, heights, shapes and angles. They represent that jumping off point to dramatize a sloping roof line or the beams that support the roof. That previously hidden, quirky angle can now become a show-stopper. If we are truly lucky, the newly discovered or newly created loft space will have beams, old brick, shiplap or dramatic windows – or we can splurge and add them all, creating our dream loft. There really should be one room or a whole home that we can dream in, one place where we go that extra mile and make it so special it becomes the loft we dream to be in.

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