Lofts are second-floor apartments. An ADU loft is considered a second level in California. The loft, like any livable bedroom or living room, must have a ceiling height of at least 7 feet. Parts of the loft may be lower, such as the perimeter where a sloping roofline terminates. Lofts also typically include built-in storage and amenities such as wood-burning fireplaces.
The majority of lofts are smaller than 500 square feet (46 m2). Many are less than 250 square feet (23 m2). Some larger lofts accommodate multiple families or groups of friends. These are called shared lofts and they can be found in cities across the United States.
Lofts can be found in many different types of buildings, but most are housed in industrial spaces that were once used for manufacturing or heavy industry. Today, these areas are often converted into loft apartment buildings, which are popular with young professionals who want to live in urban centers but still have access to a quiet environment when needed.
In addition to being located on a second floor, lofts also tend to have higher ceilings than other apartments, allowing for more space. Also, because they're not attached to another apartment, there's no sharing of walls, which gives them a bigger feeling than a typical apartment. Finally, some lofts have separate entrances, which allows people to come and go without disturbing their neighbors.
The following loft rules must be followed: Lofts must be self-contained, with no attachments to the walls, floor, or ceiling. Lofts must not be larger than the floor space of the beds they replace (maximum size of 4 ft. x 8 ft.). At least one-third of the floor space must be maintained clean. You must be able to rapidly exit the loft. A functional elevator is recommended but not required.
Lofts must be dry-walled and well-ventilated. They should be located away from kitchen areas and bathroom facilities. There should be a door from each loft to adjacent rooms to provide access without crossing over furniture. All doors leading into lofts must be fitted with locks or bolts. Window coverings should be drawn at night.
Lofts are generally used for storage. However, their open design allows for easy cleaning of items not readily accessible in other rooms. Dorm staff may offer advice on best uses for individual lofts.
Individual schools may have additional rules for lofts. Be sure to check with your school's housing office for more information.
A loft is the upper floor or elevated region of a room directly beneath the roof of a structure (mainly British use), or simply an attic: a storage space beneath the roof generally reached by a ladder (primarily American usage). To further complicate matters, some renovated lofts have upper open loft sections. In this case, the ceiling does not reach the top of the wall but rather stops at a height less than half-way up the wall, allowing for easier access to these storage areas.
The word "loft" comes from the Old English lofe, which means "lightning," and refers to the flash of light produced when clouds pass before a sunbeam. The earliest known written reference to a loft is in 1598. It came into general use as a term for the upper floor or attic of a building during the 17th century.
In modern buildings, lofts are often used as additional living space. They may be finished with drywall, carpeting, and other materials found in regular homes. However, they usually have their own bathroom, kitchen, and/or laundry room within the space. Lofts can also provide access to the roof of the building for maintenance or other purposes.
People sometimes ask me if they need special permits to build a loft. The simple answer is no, but there are some requirements depending on what type of building you want to construct this area of your home.
Loft bedrooms are the cool kids in the world of interior design. There is no contest. There's something about these open-concept, high-ceilinged environments that emanates easy flair. However, having everything under one ceiling—or perhaps all in one room if the loft is small—has its drawbacks. For example, it can be difficult to find places for everything you need when space is at a premium.
The good news is that you don't need a lot of space to create a cozy loft bedroom. In fact, experts say that a loft bedroom can be more efficient use of space than other types of rooms because it doesn't require as much internal traffic to get from one place to another. This means that less building material needs to be used, which in turn saves money and helps the environment.
Another advantage of a loft bedroom is that it can be easily updated or redecorated. If you want to change the color scheme or add new furniture, then there's no need to worry about changing the layout or configuration of other parts of the house. You can simply make your way up to your loft bed and start over.
Finally, a loft bedroom allows for some creative freedom in terms of design. Since there's no flooring or foundation to constrain you, you can go as big or as bold with your colors and textures as you like.