A loft means different things to different people. For some it is a huge open space where their imagination can go wild. For others it’s a snug little sleeping loft that makes good use of all the space in a small home or cabin. However you visualize a loft, now you can make your own in HomeByMe. Let’s get started.
I like the big open space kind of loft, especially since I can make it myself in HomeByMe. If I want to have a big open spaces, then I better create the right building. This older industrial building at 555 Imagination Boulevard looks promising. It hasn’t been renovated yet (except maybe the windows) and I may be able to find some good usable space upstairs.
The Ground Floor plan looks promising. It’s a nice big 20′ x 50′ ( 6 m x 15 m) space with the basics already in place. Perfect for parking and minor maintenance as long as I seal off the upper floors. Notice that I drew the floor plan with the long side horizontal (red double arrow). Any wood floors I put in will now line up in that direction. The outside of the building is nothing to brag about, but I can fix that later with some landscaping.
The second floor (Floor 1) is wide open, great for an industrial style single floor loft. The offset stairs (1) and the extra columns and beam (2) mean that I can make the the third floor (Floor 2) structurally different.
The third floor (Floor 2) is the same as the second floor, but that offset stairway, columns and beam are in a great location already. Bingo! The perfect space to open up the floor for a good-sized raised loft over the second floor. To make the hole in the floor is as easy as selecting the Floor holes shape you want (1) and dragging it onto your floor plan. Use the blue dots to resize it (2) and the white dot on the line (3) to rotate the hole as needed. The other floor hole shapes work the same way.
This building is great for what I want to do, so with my virtual money I bought the whole kit and kaboodle! The first thing I want to get started on is cleaning up that ground floor. Some new flooring, paint, lights and minimal landscaping make a big difference. A nice new rear deck will be a great spot to grill and chill. I didn’t want to get too involved with moving walls right now, so I simply opened up a big doorway into what will be a small kitchen and seating area.
The second floor also gives me the opportunity to add a mezzanine level to provide some hidden storage below it and some great relaxation spots on top. First I put in all the legs (1) using the beams found in Rooms>For all rooms>Beams. Then I used a Free shape (Rooms>For all rooms>Free shapes) to create the platform (2). Next came the stairs (3) and roll-out storage units (4) underneath. I also added railings up against the windows (5) and along the edge of the mezzanine (6) to keep things safe. That finishes up the major mezzanine construction.
Looking down, I can really appreciate the way the new loft and mezzanine make this building a place where I could spend forever getting the furniture and decorations just right. But, for now, this is it. You’re on your own to find your own perfect building on Imagination Boulevard. Just remember, Floor holes are the key to making your loft and Free shapes can make a mezzanine anywhere you want one!
Now it’s your turn!