7 Airbnb-Worthy Lofts We Want To Getaway In
Admit it - we are all guilty of fantasising about some of the mind-blowing listings on Airbnb. And on the top of our travel wish list? Living it up in an insanely cool loft - complete with high ceilings, floating platforms and dramatic stairs! Well, dream no more - these loft spaces in Singapore are a world tour on its own and are so gorgeously decked out - you’d wished you could Airbnb them for your next getaway.
(Psst: We have also added some handy tips and guidelines to note creating your own lofty space!)
1. Manhattan Mod
Interior Designer: Poetus
Imagine looking out into the Big Apple’s glitzy lights from this ultra-polished pad! With framed, floor-to-ceiling windows reminiscent of Manhattan’s skyscraper penthouses, monochromatic woods are paired with sleek glass partitions to create a raised loft bed. Keeping with the theme, the alcove beneath doubles as a nifty study area - a perfect cosmopolitan escape for the discerning traveller.
Loft Reno Tip: Before getting carried away by lofty ideas, your ceiling has to be tall enough; according to the Building & Construction Authority (BCA), you’ll need to have a clearance height (measured from the finished floor to the underside of the ceiling/platform) of 2.4m below the loft.
2. Stockholm Syndrome
Interior Designer: Wolf Woof
Location: Everitt Edge
With fun features and a black-and-white colour scheme in a riot of patterns, we wouldn’t mind being cooped up in this Scandinavian-themed loft for weeks! Like a secret hideaway, a hidden bookshelf reveals itself upon pressing its dark timber surface. Kick back and enjoy a good read by the quirky, framed platform. Up the stairs, a glass encased bathroom greets, beckoning like a house of mirrors.
Loft Reno Tip: Do you need a permit? As long as your proposed loft area does not take more than 5 m2 (roughly the size of a double bed), approvals are not required by BCA. Things are more complicated when it's larger than 5 m2; you’ll need a BCA permit, and the approval from a Professional Engineer to ensure that your loft complies to all safety requirements.
3. Tranquility in Tokyo
Interior Designer: 82
Location: Boathouse Residences
Pure whites, light, Muji-esque woods and a flair for creative space saving solutions - this home truly deserves a place in the Japanese capital. Every inch of this 70 m2 area is full of storage spaces, especially the loft bed, which houses hidden stair drawers, a sliding wardrobe and a study table underneath.
Loft Reno Tip: Heavy is sturdy, but loft platforms are usually lightweight so that they don't exceed the maximum load guideline (the amount of additional weight your apartment level can safely take). It’s important to check with your developer how much is your allowable load; they may reject your proposal if the additional loft exceeds that amount.
4. Camden Cool
Interior Designer: DISTINCTidENTITY
Location: The Armadale
Warning - This loft is not for the faint-hearted! Much like London’s bold and bustling Camden neighbourhood, this home’s raw, urbane look is (literally) taken a notch higher with a transparent glass platform on it’s upper levels. Feeling adventurous? The space even comes with a glass encased bathroom that leaves little to the imagination. Exciting!
Loft Reno Tip: It’s not just BCA you’ll have to take note of. You will also need to seek approval from your property’s management office whether the maximum Gross Floor Area (GFA) has been met. If it is so, no additional mezzanine levels may be built; this is because any loft structures more than 5 m2 will be counted towards your total house area.
5. Seoul Sophisticated
Interior Designer: erstudio
Location: Jalan Singa
If we didn’t know better, we could have mistaken this jaw-dropping space for a K-drama set in affluent Gangnam or upscale Apgujeong! Featuring soaring ceilings that make everything look tiny in comparison, this cavernous, modern space is full of concealed storage areas set in elegant, mellow woods. Now, all we need is a gorgeous K-idol to get away with!
Loft Reno Tip: We are all for the seamless, built-in look, but do take note that additional loft spaces (e.g. loft beds) that don't come with the existing structure cannot be mounted on any walls or floors. So if you move out - your loft should be able to be removed or dismantled with you.
6. Amsterdam Approved
Interior Designer: Third Avenue Studio
Location: Fort Road
Immerse yourself in the city of tulips, canals and bikes! The ultimate dream of any cycling enthusiast, this trendy loft/studio apartment comes complete with bicycle racks which serve as a convenient centrepiece to the space’s eclectic style. In the living space, striking lines meld with contemporary wooden finishes. However, the bedroom remains a muted affair, with neutral palettes bringing to mind classic, Dutch-cottage interiors.
7. Parisian Polish
Interior Designer: De Style Interior
Location: 10 Whampoa East Road
Aside from an obvious homage to the Eiffel Tower, the opulence of this loft is a perfect complement to the elegance of Paris’ Haussmann-style buildings. Gilded, French elements such as the wallpaper mural and glittering, jewel-like pendant lamps are deftly balanced out with clean-cut furniture to keep things from looking too gaudy. Tres chic? Oui!
Loft Reno Tip: Lastly, don’t forget to think about how you’re going to get up there - AKA your staircase! In fact, BCA has strict guidelines for building a stairwell; for example, the width of your staircase cannot be less than 900mm, while your riser (the height between two steps) should not be more than 175mm, and stair tread (the width between each step) less than 275mm.
For more information, check out BCA’s Approved Document.
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