Let me tell you a sob story.
Erich and I found the perfect apartment, our dream apartment…and we made too much money to rent it. Due to the affordable housing program in Milwaukee, my tiny teacher’s paycheck almost over-qualified us, and Erich’s chemistry paycheck made it impossible to apply. We joked about him staying home all year and mowing lawns for a living, but no, obviously, no.
While we made too much money for the subsidized apartments, we make too little money to afford the same style apartments at market price. Ah, the plight of post-grads! To assuage my wounded heart, I’m going to share with you my favorite apartment style — lofts in old factories!
All around downtown Milwaukee and elsewhere in the western world, companies are renovating 1900’s factories into loft-style apartments. On the outside, the apartment complexes still look like the original factories, brick, logos, and all. They’re even named after the original factories: Knitting Factory Lofts, Paper Box Lofts, Boiler Factory Lofts, etc.
Loft-styles are open — unique layouts, tall ceilings, and lots of breathing room. These factory loft-styles still include original brick walls, uncovered pipes, unfinished concrete floors, and random pillars and hardware, lending itself to a modern decorating style.
Did I mention these are my dream apartments? Maybe I’ll make Erich quit his job, after all….
Would you live in a factory loft?
PC: Kunzelmann-Esser Lofts (Milwaukee, WI), Candy Factory Lofts (Toronto), Soda Factory Lofts (Williamsburg, NY), Watch Factory Lofts (Waltham, MA), Soda Factory Lofts, Cigar Factory Lofts (Oakland, CA), Boiler Factory Lofts (Toronto), private home (Finedon, UK), Soap Factory (Tribeca, NY)