Luckily, the serene finished space bears no trace of the in-the-moment dramas. "I'd do it again, but I'd handle a lot of things differently," Lopergolo says of the lessons she learned. For starters, she'd follow the advice she gives her own clients: Never live in a space undergoing a major renovation.
But in the end, with TOH's help, the couple got the upgraded space they needed, with better bathrooms, more efficient insulation and windows, and tidy built-in options for beds, desks, and storage areas. "I love it now," she says. "I can cook comfortably, and everything is where it belongs."
Read on for the design principles that helped Lopergolo realize her vision for the loft redo.