This loft space in an over 100 year old factory building in the South Loop presented some challenges. Access to the utilities was limited to a single wall at the back of the kitchen space. The concrete floors could not be cut or altered nor could the 12 foot high arched brick ceilings.
The space lent itself nicely to an open kitchen design, but the difficult construction limitations required a little creative thinking. An architect had designed a kitchen on a raised floor platform to accommodate bringing power and ventilation to the new island from under the floor. We were concerned that the step up and down in an otherwise open loft might prove inconvenient and possibly dangerous. By adding a simple cherry column from the island to the ceiling, we were able to bring utilities to the island while maintaining the same floor level. A pantry cabinet replaced a “walk in pantry” leaving enough extra space for a lovely wine bar.