Guest Blogger: David’s downtown loft: Part 2

DavidclosetmontageToday, Part 2 of David’s downtown loft remodel by guest blogger David Kean, a Realtor in the Beverly Hills office of Prudential California Realty. His previous condo remodel was featured in Pardon Our Dust several years ago. In his new place, he once again created a beautiful urban space.

In my new downtown loft, the hall into the bedroom is visible from the main living space. When I bought the place, the master closet in that hall had no door. You could literally stand in the kitchen and look into the closet, which is odd, to say the least.

For the closet, I wanted something more than just a basic door. After perusing a stack of interior design magazines, I decided to panel the entire wall with a large grid pattern of birch squares with walnut spacers, hiding the push-latch door within the pattern. This was not a difficult or terribly expensive addition. In fact, what was a liability is now an asset.  The “secret door” is the feature that always gets a "wow."  From the living area, all you now see is a beautifully paneled wall. 

Another issue of loft living is the lack of storage. As I have a good-size collection of books, some bookshelves were in order. Once again, I decided to have the shelves custom built to fit the wall of the second bedroom/den perfectly. The bookcase measures 10 feet high and 11 feet wide, with cabinets below, shelves above and a center shelf for a flat-screen TV. 

The finish is espresso and the cabinet door pulls are nickel. I used the same furniture maker that built the kitchen island. In my opinion, if you are happy with someone’s work, it’s wise to use the same craftsmen on multiple home projects. It creates goodwill.

The existing caramel-colored bamboo floors in my unit were not installed properly, so the developer offered me a cash credit to replace them. And that was good, as I never cared for the color of the flooring anyway. Armed with an excuse and the developer’s money, I promptly bought a dark walnut, pre-finished floor.  A co-worker’s husband installed the floors. He was not the lowest bid but came highly recommended. He finished on time and on budget.

Of course, there are more touches I would like to put on my unit. I’m sure there will be even more I have not thought of yet. But currently, I plan to reface the boring white laminate kitchen cabinets, install recessed lighting throughout and perhaps add a Venetian plaster accent wall. It seems that no matter how much I do, I can always find another project.

Thanks, David. Comments? Questions for David?