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As the upmarket apartment sector gains traction, so too has a resurgence of the classic ‘New York loft style’ design in renovation projects. Not surprising, the Muros Loft Brick range is a natural choice for quality apartment conversions. For luxury apartments or cosy inner city pads, a faux brick finish in a range of colours can complete the look.

Light fresh colour palettes and contemporary fittings set across a textured loft brick background cleverly combine modern + funky with character + established warmth. Whether creating an appealing abode with a historic connection or simply transforming properties to yield better sale or rental returns, the New York-style loft is in vogue and achieved with ease using Muros Loft Brick panels.

With increasing population and intensification in our main urban centres, construction and redevelopment of apartments is significant. Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland and Wellington CBDs are vibrant city centres attracting more home dwellers into apartment living from their suburban roots, seeing increasing conversions of former industrial or heritage buildings for residential use. City streets with a residential feel are the vision for the future, much like the Big Apple!

Apartment conversion projects can however present challenges; restricted access, limited space, high studs and neighbours nearby to consider. Multi-storey apartments are often further restricted by seismic/ earthquake or weight concerns not suited to many solid weighty natural materials. The solution requires flexible lightweight decorative panels and design materials without the hassle and loss of space. Ease of use and transportation mean Muros Wall Panels once on site are cut to size so no structural work or building compliance consents are required. Once installed, the joints are concealed creating the impression of a seamless and authentic brick wall.

These reasons together with the slim profile of the Muros brick panelling (15-20mm) were key factors in recent specifications of Muros Brown Loft Brick in the historic QVB Building, and Muros White Loft Brick in The Met Apartments. The natural brick finish and texture achieved a striking visual connection to historic origins of the buildings. Entire walls of floor-to-ceiling brick paneling were installed, including around three-sided columns and windows. The final results – added grandeur, depth and character, and further accentuated the soaring stud height to enhance a feeling of spaciousness in apartment living.

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