A Modern Arts and Crafts Loft
Hard work pays off
A tiled fireplace wall divides the living room from the den. Built-in shelves display pottery from local artisans and Anita's own glass pieces.
Anita's loft was the result of months of often frustrating work. In addition to restoring the building's windows and quartzite facade, Anita had to deal with ancient or nonexistent plumbing and mechanical systems; crumbling paint, plaster and mortar; and layers of past remodels.
Workers removed four levels of ceilings to uncover the arched windows in the great-room and realized there was space for a lofted office/workroom. "We tried to salvage everything we could," Anita says. "You don't want to be wasteful if you can help it."