Home­owner Dean shares his five tips for de­sign­ing a loft apart­ment

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1 Take your time Get to know the space – and how you nat­u­rally use it – be­fore you start to de­sign. 2 Keep the lay­out sim­ple Let the orig­i­nal char­ac­ter of the build­ing be the real star of the show. 3 Use a sim­ple pal­ette Em­ploy just a few dif­fer­ent fin­ishes, and make sure that they all com­ple­ment each other. 4 Use re­claimed pieces Sal­vaged in­dus­trial light fit­tings, door han­dles and fur­ni­ture will pay homage to the past of your build­ing and add char­ac­ter. 5 Cre­ate smaller ar­eas within an open-plan space The ar­eas above and be­low the mez­za­nine level in my home are more in­ti­mate. They pro­vide me with a cosy place of es­cape.

Stairs The stair­case, which looks like one piece of folded steel, is ac­tu­ally welded at each tread and riser. Cre­ated by east Lon­don-based de­signer and man­u­fac­turer John Hor­ton, who also de­signed the in­ter­nal doors and win­dows in the house, it is made of acid wash steel

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