Mod Mechanic's Shop
A historic mechanics shop is updated into a funky home.
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It’s rare that childhood dreams come true, but that’s exactly what happened to George Wittenberg. He had long been intrigued by the architectural design of a mechanic's shop in downtown Little Rock, Ark., so he jumped at the chance to buy the place when it came on the market.
Wittenberg restored the wooden ceiling and retained it and the original metal trusses. Turning the vast space into a livable home may seem like a daunting task to your average homeowner. But Wittenberg, a third-generation architect, got right to work transforming the old garage into a chic apartment. The living space is very open with the only enclosed spaces being the bathrooms and closet. When it was finished Wittenberg had a New York Style loft in Little Rock.
The lack of walls required some colorful solutions to defining traditional spaces such as bedrooms. Wittenberg says he created a village within the exterior walls.
Turns out our fearless leaders -- George Washington, in particular -- liked to dabble in interior design when they weren't...