Toronto merchandise warehouse converted to modern industrial loft

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This fabulous modern industrial loft was reimagined for a family of five by Croma Design, located in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The loft is comprised of 3,200 square feet (297 square meters) of living space with four bedrooms and four bathrooms. The home was formerly a merchandise warehouse constructed in 1910 and in the late 1900s become one of Toronto’s first successful loft conversions.

An unfortunate renovation prior to the new homeowner’s had covered over the industrial aesthetic of this loft. The original ductwork and exposed ceilings, the character of this loft, were at the top of the client’s list to be brought back. In the living room, a granite fireplace surround was replaced with floor-to-ceiling hot-rolled steel. This infused a rough texture with a gray finish and random highlights that range from blue to purple.

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The living and dining room originally had a small door separating the two spaces. This was removed to create a more connected, harmonious flow between the rooms. Built-in bookshelves were integrated into either side of the opening, comprised of an oak veneer and stained the same hue as the oak flooring.

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What We Love: This modern industrial loft features great attention to detail throughout the interiors. From the built-in bar to the bookcases with the ladder and custom designed furniture pieces. Exposing the ceiling and ductwork brought back the industrial aesthetic that was original to the space, creating an eye-catching aesthetic.

Readers, what are your thoughts on this loft, do you find it too sterile and devoid of color or is it just perfect? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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In the dining area, floor-to-ceiling windows brings in natural light and offers spectacular views of the Toronto cityscape. Electric solar shades can be used when the afternoon sun comes in, protecting from the elements while still preserving the view. A built-in bar comprised of oak veneer provides convenience for entertaining guests.

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The dining room wall features two custom designed steel shelves, showcasing the homeowner’s collection of white serverware. A buffet underneath the shelving was also a custom designed piece comprised of oak veneer and hot-rolled steel.

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In the kitchen, the homeowner’s opted to not have an island with a breakfast bar and stools. Instead bookshelves were integrated into the island to display cookbooks. The owner’s have a love of cooking and wished to have convenient access to their cookbooks. They also preferred to have family and guests sit at the dining table and have interactive conversation.

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The kitchen backsplash of this modern industrial loft features a Greystone marble, rough and textured with a matte finish.

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The powder room has the same Greystone marble that was used on the kitchen backsplash in 12″ x 24″ tiles.

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The master bedroom features a headboard comprised of steel, in keeping with the industrial aesthetic. The mostly white space feels bright and airy, with a picture window framing views of the Toronto skyline. A picture above the bed is of a crosscut image of a tree trunk, bringing an organic element into the space.

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A custom designed armoire is comprised of hot rolled steel, a common material used in other areas of the loft. This piece has traces of blue coming through, which was picked up in the area rug and corner chair.

Photos: Donna Griffith

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6 years ago

I love the couch! Do you by chance know the brand or where it was purchased from?