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Sugar House bungalow transformed into city-style loft

(Deseret News) The little bungalow near 1500 East and 1500 South looks like any other home in the neighborhood from the street.

"It is very deceptive," says Barbara Schovaers, owner of the newly remodeled home. "On the outside it looks just like a Sugar House bungalow, but when you walk in, it looks like a New York City loft."

Schovaers always wanted to live in a downtown loft but she has a dog.

"It wouldn't be fair," she says. "I have a black Lab. I guess I could have walked him down to Liberty Park everyday, but I like having my yard. So, I thought, why not turn my bungalow into my loft?"

And that is just what she did.

She gutted the house and opened up the floor plan. She replaced the roof, trading the bearing wall with a steel I-beam to support the structure. Corrugated steel panels are now fastened to the 13-foot ceilings and all the floors are exposed concrete.

"Everything is metal and glass," she says. "It is an extremely industrial/contemporary design."

Glass garage doors open two adjacent walls to the outside patio — one opening from the kitchen and one from the bedroom. With these unique garage doors, the patio becomes an extension of the house and a perfect entertaining area.

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