Brian Messana designed The Tank House, a renovation of an existing loft in New York. Here is a description from the architect: “The tank house was conceived as the quintessential retreat, a place for reading, relaxing and listening to music. The project involved the renovation of an existing loft apartment and the development of an existing sprinkler tank house into an urban retreat. The apartment’s simple layout was maintained, but reconfigured so that the bedrooms had individual access to a shared bathroom rather than it being accessed from the living space ( a powder room in the entry way meant that guest would not need to access the bathroom ). The sky lit bathroom doubled in size and was developed to have a serene spa like quality, with a continuous stone floor, polished waterproof plaster walls, and clear glass shower enclosure. In the living room and bedrooms, new storage was introduced at every possible point behind hidden flush lacquer panels.

The kitchen was resurfaced and the maple wood floors were lightened and refinished. A custom stainless steel spiral stair replaced an ugly painted steel stair with wood treads.A 12-ft window was cut into the east side of the space and the new window looked out onto the roof deck plantings. Circular skylight was introduced into center of the skylight casting an ethereal light into the space. The floor of maple matched the apartment and was segmented into removable panels providing access to storage space below.” (Photos credits: Messana O’Rorke )