When it comes to real estate renovation, converting warehouses into lofts project may be one of the most exciting projects for modern developers. Not only are warehouses naturally spacious, but they also provide a unique style that’s perfect for the growing trend of industrial design.

Of course, as great as real estate projects involving warehouses can be, they also come with a distinct set of challenges to overcome before developers can turn their new purchase into a comfortable and livable space. Following are some of the best examples of warehouse to loft conversions to take place in the US.

Publisher’s Print Shop in San Francisco

Many of the best real estate renovation projects with warehouses involve mixing elements of the old industrial world with the new, more comfortable one. This 1910 building in San Francisco was recreated by a designer called Steven Volpe. It benefits from 18-foot ceilings and huge wooden columns that make it particularly attractive as a loft space.

Although the building opens up to the side with glass work, the shrubs outside and the red brick work help to create a more appealing look. Additionally, the columns inside the building divide the space into pockets that are ideal for zone-based design. If it wasn’t already a home and apartment space, this environment would have been perfect for an open-plan office design.

The Lucky Strike Warehouse in San Francisco

Found in the Mission District of San Francisco, this former Lucky Strike warehouse got a new life thanks to a fantastic real estate renovation. This warehouse to loft project includes plenty of climbing greenery to give it a rustic look, as well as an attractive spiral staircase.

The aesthetic inside is a combination of rough industrial and luxury. There’s an exposed concrete design, as well as plenty of dark colors and metals. However, in the bedroom there’s a potted tree and vertical garden to enjoy.

13th Avenue Loft Portland

Somewhat smaller than some of the more common real estate projects involving lofts and warehouses, this apartment in Portland by Jessica Helgerson is only 870 square feet in size. It’s located within a warehouse building that was transformed into condos, and it includes an airy theme with plenty of luxury elements and unique design features.  

There are vintage rugs and heavy woven fabrics throughout to create a more comfortable appearance, and plenty of storage too.

Chelsea Warehouse in New York

BK Interior Design were the company that took part in this warehouse to loft conversion, transforming a standard warehouse into a unique bachelor pad. The apartment is located in New York, with more than 2,400 square feet of space. There’s two bedrooms and two bathrooms included in the space, and the modern home mixes traditional styles with modern aesthetics.

There are plenty of unique features about this real estate renovation that are sure to catch the eye. For instance, the living room comes with a zinc sliding door, and there’s a built in black oak bar for entertaining too. There’s also a live-edge wood dining table that helps to bring the space to life.

In most cities around the world, abandoned buildings are regarded with distaste. This is true for NYC abandoned homes, factories, and buildings too. Abandoned buildings are eyesores, but for some investors, they can also be an incredible opportunity to bring something new to the New York City landscape. By renovating an abandoned home or building, some developers can open themselves up to incredible sources of revenue.

Renovated Abandoned Buildings

Because there’s so little space in NYC to create new developments from scratch, most real estate investors need to look to renovations and redevelopments as a way of making their mark on the map. The following example

1.     The American Brewery

Located in Baltimore, the American Brewery was once one of the largest buildings of its kind in Maryland. However, production only lasted until 1920, until the operations were shut down. The building eventually was abandoned, but it’s historical significance allowed it to achieve a placement on the national register of historic places. The building was restored in 2012 and won an award for adaptive reuse and compatible design.

2.     The World Trade Center

Ever since the attacks on September 11, New York has been looking for ways to redevelop the 16-acre site where the Twin Towers once stood. In January 2017, 1 World Trade Center, otherwise known as the Freedom Tower, was built, along with a transit hub, a memorial, a park, a mall, and a museum. There’s more to come by 2020 too, including a small church and performing arts center.

3.     The Cast-Iron Building

The Architectural design firm WORKac recently completed the renovation of a section of NYC abandoned homes in the form of the cast-iron façade building in New York City. The space has been transformed into a serious of modern apartments, with a rooftop addition that was deemed reasonable because it was invisible from street level.

4.     Pacific Park

Otherwise known as Atlantic Yards, the Pacific Park project costing $6 billion is now set to bring a range of 6,430 new apartments and shops into the Prospect Heights area of Brooklyn. Previously full of abandoned industrial buildings, the site now boasts the tallest modular apartment building in the world, and the full development is set to be finished by 2025.

5.     Hudson Yards

Finally, Hudson Yards is the 28-acre mega development that contains around 33 smaller projects in total. The neighborhood is set to be completed in 2024, and should be filled with retail units, residential units, restaurants, a public square and a range of office buildings. The estimated cost for the NYC abandoned homes redevelopment is around $20 billion.

Currently, the overhauled area is set to be one of the most expensive developments in real estate in the history of America. Previously, the neighborhood was simply a largely abandoned area that included an old rail yard and an offloading space. Now, thanks to new development teams, it will soon become one of the most sought-after locations in New York.

Home renovation has always been about adding features to a building that both modernize it and make it attractive to potential buyers or renters. The current trend in this area is to add environmentally friendly features that either reduce the impact of the renovation, or actually contribute to the ecological system. Here are six ideas that fit the bill for anyone considering a renovation project in New York City.

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Green Roofs

At the top, both of the list and literally, is a green roof renovation. A roof covered with plants provides a wide range of environmental benefits, including absorbing excess heat in the summer, providing insulation in the winter, absorbing excess rainwater during downpours, filtering that water before it enters the sewer system, and converting greenhouse gas emissions into oxygen. In addition to these benefits, or because of them, the city gives a tax incentive to anyone installing a green roof before the end of 2018.

Green Floors

Warm, wooden floors are an attractive feature of any living space due to their natural beauty and simple cleaning regimen. The latest trend is to add these benefits without impacting global forests by using recycled wood. It is available in a variety of types and finishes so it can match any décor. The “greenest” floors have adhesive backing that is free of formaldehyde and other harmful volatile organic chemicals (VOCs). Costs vary from $5 to $15 a square foot.

Reused Kitchens

The pace of renovations in the city means that many perfectly functioning kitchen appliances get replaced with new models. A New York City company has stepped into this process and prevents the stoves, dishwashers and refrigerators from being thrown into the garbage dump. Renovators can purchase them at a deep discount from the original price. The selection varies, so remodeling projects need to structured around availability rather than the traditional approach of designing the kitchen and then buying the appliances.

Light Spaces

Natural sunlight is at a premium in a city with tall buildings. Quiet space is also rare in a city that never goes to sleep. Large, super insulated south facing windows, complimented by well insulated walls, solve both problems.  The natural light is a refreshing addition to any living space, and the elimination of heat loss through the windows allows seating and even beds to be positioned against them. Both factors make the home more functional.

Breathe Easy

Super-tight windows and walls keep the cold and noise out by eliminating natural air infiltration. This means that fresh air must be brought into the home to prevent sick building syndrome.  Clean air ventilation systems create a very healthy environment because they filter out all dust, pollen and contaminants before circulating the air efficiently throughout the living space. Super clean air systems can also precisely control the humidity in the home, making it a safer environment for artwork or other collectables.

Vertical Gardens

With natural sunlight streaming in large, south-facing windows, it is possible to bring the outdoors inside with a vertical growing garden. These remarkable green spaces take up almost no floor space which is always a valuable commodity in New York City homes. They provide an abundance of color and oxygen-producing plant life. Best of all, the types of plants used in the garden can be custom tailored to suit the design needs and personal preferences of the residents.