Video: Commercial/Industrial to Residential, Part II


metal stamped ceiling

crown molding


sliding door

We’ve been looking at the remodel decisions on this conversion from an industrial/commercial building to a residence. The goal on the outside was to make it look anything but what it was before. And I think they very much succeeded. But the treatment of the interior was in some ways exactly the opposite of the philosophy on the outside.

Inside the goal was to retain some unique features of the structure but still have a comfortable residence. This is the entrance room, and it contains one of the original features of the commercial store-front that was at this location which is a stamped metal ceiling.

Another neat thing they retained instead of trying to work around or get rid of was the pitch of the ceiling. If you’ll notice here, they have a step facade which is indicative of a slightly sloped industrial roof that sheds the rainfall. Well, inside we can see that gentle slope in several of the rooms (not all). Here’s a shot of the kitchen. After a few minutes you become aware that something’s going on with the ceiling line because, for example, the top heights of these two cabinets are the same; and you can clearly see that the distance to the crown is not the same.

At first it strikes you as something being out of whack. But then when you look around the room, you realize that slope of the ceiling is intentional. It’s kind of nice; it’s really cool.

Here’s 2 more post-industrial features. This is a guest bath, and this industrial door just slides back like a garage door. Here we’re looking at one jamb of a large cased opening. It’s about 14″ across because inside is an interior block wall.

Here’s a great idea. What you think you’re looking at is just a base board mounted against their stuccoed interior wall. But if you look closer you see that the middle of the baseboard is also masonry. There was a transition in block size right here. The lower blocks were wide, and at some point they transitioned to narrower blocks because they didn’t need to have as much strength and size. Well, instead of furring out the wall (or using other methods to try to make the wall look like one out of a new home), he decided to work with it. So he put beauty mold above this bump-out and quarter round at the bottom which creates the impression of one very large piece of base.

So, one the internal walls, he did actually use wood to mimic that combination that’s going on on the external walls.

I would say the interior of their home definitely accomplishes the goal of retaining enough of the original elements to make it special.