John Hand Loft

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The 18th floor loft, spanning an entire floor in the historic John Hand Building in downtown Birmingham, was a lesson in salvaging beautiful old materials and adding in some points of interest with new materials.

About the Project
OpportunitiesThe updated space is an homage to the building’s bones. Moving walls to create an open living space, for instance, left concrete channels through original hardwoods. We embraced the original flooring as an interesting feature. We patched small breaks in the existing plaster but left larger ones intact, creating areas of exposed brick and walls with artful edges. We opted out of a splashy kitchen vent hood, instead crafting one to blend into an existing steel beam. The original hallway of Alabama marble remains intact, its elegant finish accented by exposed plumbing and electrical.