First, let me apologize for both the lack of photos and the quality of the few I do have. Back in 2008 I had no idea I wanted to make a career out of this, so I didn't think much about the photos. All I knew is I had passion for design and a tiny one-bedroom condo with vaulted ceilings. I also knew that in order to afford it, I needed to somehow squeeze a roommate into this place (but also was not about to share a bedroom). So the solution was easy: build a loft. We built a custom loft above the living room, essentially adding another 168 square feet, where I squeezed not one, but two roommates, thus creating the most efficient "one-bedroom" condo in Scottsdale. It also didn't look too shabby if I might say so myself.
The engineering process was a little tricky, but the result was a clean and spacious loft that conformed into the existing space. The goal was to make it look like it was supposed to be there. We minimized obstruction in the living space below by creating a staircase on the least usable wall. The pitch had to be very steep to accomplish this placement, so we overcame this obstacle with an alternating step pattern that allowed you to walk up a very steep set of stairs with a normal feeling stride. Additionally, the two different handrails (one for up, one for down) and a collapsable guardrail made it both safe and functional. Because what good is a loft if you can't get anything into it?
I wanted the rest of the house to be nice and clean, leaving the loft to be the bold centerpiece it was intended to be, so I finished off the space with level 4 smooth drywall, dark wood laminate floors, straight-cut baseboards, various shades of gray on the walls, and then a deep red power wall leading you into the updated kitchen. Here we refinished the cabinets to a bright white, dropped in a huge stainless Elkay sink, and used butcher block for the counters... It was the perfectly cozy, modern, little home for three broke dudes.