Williams Street Loft

Warehouse Loft | Chattanooga, Tennessee

Hefferlin + Kronenberg Architects was hired to design a loft in the Arts District of the Southside in Chattanooga. The Marble Works Building originally housed a marble fabrication shop and was constructed in the early 1900’s utilizing 2 foot thick un-reinforced concrete bearing walls, heavy timber interior columns and wood joists and decking. Craig Kronenberg previously designed the Williams Street Studio located next door which is an artist studio and residence.

When the client purchased the building in 2006 the building had been vacant for many years, did not have windows and had experienced damage from water infiltration and exposure to the elements. The back half the building was demolished to make the project size appropriate for a single family residence while opening up space for a private garden in the rear. The un-reinforced concrete walls were reinforced by adding structural steel stud walls on the interior of the existing walls giving us a plumbing and electrical chase and a space for insulating the exterior walls.

We divided the building with public space on the ground floor and private space on the second floor. The living room, dining room, and kitchen are all incorporated in one large loft-like room that opens onto the private garden. The second floor houses the private functions of the family all organized off a central hall. We reused as much of the old materials as possible for flooring and trim, salvaged the existing mosaic tile floors in the entryway and reused steel beams for previous reinforcement.

Design Team: Heidi Hefferlin


Hefferlin + Kronenberg Architects is a full service architecture firm based in Chattanooga, TN.
www.hkarchitects.net
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This building was a manufacturing building in downtown Chattanooga, a portion of it was removed to create a private garden with a pool. The second level balcony shades the lower level windows and provides weather protection for the porch. The large glass doors provide for opening up the house for indoor outdoor living. Photographer Sarah Dario
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These doors provide light and access to a shared alley way. Photographer Harlan Hambright
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The kitchen dining and living rooms are in one big open plan space adjacent to the rear yard which is perfect for indoor outdoor living. Photographer Sarah Dario
“The large l shaped island for family and entertaining. Open floor plan” — sevy55
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This home was formally a factory. In the renovation new windows were installed in existing openings, the garages were opened up to the street and a vestibule or stoop was in keeping with other buildings on the street. The 2 foot thick walls, high efficiency windows, stucco and metal exterior walls and well insulated roof make this a very energy efficient and low maintenance urb...More
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