Many modern, artsy city dwellers have been buying and leasing commercial property to repurpose them into swanky city lofts. Savvy city folks looking for the best location and price snatch up industrial warehouse spaces that have been abandoned. When finding a warehouse to rent or buy, there are a few things that you’ll have to keep in mind. Here are some tips on how to repurpose an industrial warehouse space into your very own loft apartment.
When looking into a commercial warehouse to purchase or lease, you’ll want to start by determining warehouse space needs. You don’t want a warehouse that is too big, or you run the risk of wasting money on any HVAC or electricity bills.
You also will need to ensure that the property is in an area that allows residential buildings. Some communities prohibit the conversion of a manufacturing space into a residential space. Keep this in mind when looking through warehouses to convert.
Converting industrial warehouse space into a livable space can be a difficult challenge. Commercial real estate properties do not have the same type of plumbing or electrical needs, and often lack windows. High ceilings can also make it difficult, as they are hard to reach.
When converting an industrial warehouse, it’s best to hire an architect for the job. Work with the architect to create a scale drawing of the living space, and create a floor plan of what you want the space to look like. Include things such as plumbing, electrical work, and any ventilation that may need to be added.
Once you purchase or lease the building, get all the proper permits, and have worked out a plan with the architect, it’s time to start building. After plans are finalized, your architect will begin the conversion from old, abandoned warehouse to a new, swanky city apartment. Happy city living!