sics,” says Tricia. “We wanted a clean, uncluttered look with
functional, classic contemporary pieces.”
With lighting and technology too, the couple prefer the
cutting edge of contemporary choices. Legrand’s adorne Pop-
Out Outlet, for example, sits flush to the wall; when a plug-in
is needed, a light touch on the wall plate prompts the cubelike
outlet to pop into view. The heat-producing halogen bulbs in
the loft’s original track lighting were updated with LED bulbs
that give the right type of light while remaining cool.
Latest technology aside, it is the stunning water and skyline view that is the loft’s most compelling element — and
a vivid reflection of the fact that over time, this part of the
city has been transformed from a neighborhood of urban pioneers and artists looking for
inexpensive live/work space into a trendy and
quickly developing mixed-use real estate market. Indeed, the west-facing balcony — complete with a full bar and chrome-and-leather barstools — is
the couple’s favorite spot for an evening cocktail three seasons of the year. With the sleek renovation complete and their
favorite furnishings in slightly new arrangements thanks to
Louis — thank God, the couple enjoy the space, and its bustling surroundings, more than ever.
the living area is located on a raised platform that was part of the
original floor plan. A glossy finish gives the new maple flooring a
sleek look. The frosted-glass wall separating the bedroom from the
living room was installed during a previous renovation. Ashman, on
the balcony with owner Tricia Shediac, repositioned the living room
sofa, chairs, and tables so they are angled toward the skyline view.
A red vase sits atop the freestanding bioethanol fireplace.
One of the elements that Tricia and Charlie Shediac intended
to change was the loft’s black track lighting fixtures and
halogen bulbs installed on exposed ceiling beams. The
reason for the change? The heat generated from the halogen
lamps was making the space uncomfortably hot even in the
winter. Designer Louis Ashman devised a new plan that
included LED track heads, but the cost was a budgetbuster.
Instead, Ashman suggested a low-cost alternative: Replace
just the lamps with an LED product, found at a home center,
that mimics the light output of a 50-watt halogen bulb — but
without generating the heat. After the new LED lamps were
installed, Ashman also repositioned all of the track heads to
better light the new furniture layout. “For the small cost of
the new lamps, we got a new lighting system,” says Ashman.
Track Lighting Redux