Open-plan and spacious, loft-style homes can make the most of limited space by utilising a high ceiling to create an extra mezzanine level or two. While appearing sophisticated and contemporary, they elicit an feeling of excitement, evoking memories of childhoods spent in tree-houses. Find inspiration for your own space from some of our favourite loft-style abodes.
Down to earth
Thanks to savvy, sustainable design and the use of natural light in this prefab seaside abode in Onrus, Western Cape, the loft-style bedroom feels bright and spacious despite the modest (22m2) size of the house. ‘The great thing about creating and living in a small space,’ says owner and architect Wolf, ‘is that it’s completely self-contained and cosy, and you really do feel like you’re in a private space that’s all your own.’
A major nod to industrial cool, this renovated loft-style space in Jozi’s Milpark has retained the clean concrete and steel features from its previous life. By placing the bedroom on the second floor, it becomes a private haven within the otherwise utilitarian surroundings of this open-plan home.
Bordering on Cape Point Nature Reserve in the Western Cape, writer Pippa de Bruyn’s holiday home provides a perfect weekend bolthole. With just two internal doors, the family has made smart use of a hidden storage loft that only just has room for a king-sized mattress, providing additional sleeping space in the 80m2 coastal cottage.
Brick and mortar
‘People think in terms of floor area, but this house is an exercise in space rather than area,’ explains architect Ora Joubert in reference to what was once a stable on a Pretoria property predating the Anglo-Boer war. Taking full advantage of the height of the original timber frame, the upstairs sleeping area, previously a hayloft, now serves as a multifunctional space by doubling up as a library.
When creative duo Dokter and Misses teamed up with architect Clara da Cruz Almeida, the result was one of epic but tiny proportions. POD-Idladla, as it’s known, is a transportable nano home that’s only 17m2 in its entirety. The porthole-style window doubles up as a skylight in the bedroom, allowing a lot of natural light in and creating the sense of spaciousness, while the use of rope forms a divider without blocking light or the visual flow of this compact little collab.