Converting industrial spaces for residential use is becoming increasingly popular among many Australian homeowners. Old factories and warehouses are cheap to purchase and can be transformed into great living spaces. However, this transformation will require some dedication and expertise. Below is a guide to how an architect can assist you.
Electrical and plumbing services
Although the industrial space you wish to convert will already have plumbing and electrical systems installed, it is unlikely that the setup will be suitable for a residential property. An architect will be able to carry out an examination of the existing electrical and plumbing services before advising you on how they can best be upgraded, so they are compatible with the plans for your new home. If you plan to install a kitchen and bathroom, there may be a particular area of the property which would be best suited to this.
Existing industrial features
Old industrial spaces will often contain fantastic original features such as floor to ceiling windows, structural beams and ironwork. An architect will be able to offer you advice on how to incorporate these original features into the design of your new home so that the property has a unique look and feel.
Efficient energy use
An industrial space will typically contain large open areas. While this can allow you plenty of room in which to create you ideal home, it can also make heating and cooling the property somewhat difficult and inefficient. An architect will be able to work with you to mitigate these inefficiencies by recommending double glazed windows, new air vents or improved wall insulation. These modifications will help to keep your new home at the right temperature and will also help to reduce your energy bills.
Matching the style of the property
Former industrial spaces have very strong style elements which should be embraced rather than ignored. For example, if you install a flatpack kitchen unit in a space which has high ceilings and exposed brickwork, it will probably look out of place. An architect will be able to design bespoke pieces for each room. For example, they may choose to separate the kitchen area using a dividing wall made of reclaimed timber. The reclaimed timber will create a rough look which will fit with the rest of the industrial space.
If you would like further help and advice when converting an industrial space, you should contact an architect office today.