Bryan and Emily Kasper's Sandusky Bay view from their Chesapeake Lofts condominium is a tribute to waterfront living.
The building, the old Hinde & Dauch Paper Co. on West Shoreline Drive, exhibits classic industrial architecture. Twenty-five foot ceilings reveal original support beams and exposed heating and air conditioning ducts.
The building is listed by the National Register of Historic Places for its significance in industrial history.
That history is what makes these homes unique.
Bryan noted the developers left as much of the original building intact as possible. Each condo has original brick used somewhere in their floor plan. Bryan and Emily state this makes each loft original in its own way. They observed some rooms may have an entire brick wall, while another may be bricked on just half a wall, and which room is bricked changes from loft to loft, as does where the brick is positioned in a wall.
Entering Chesapeake Lofts reveals a natural light flow from windows above. There is an open floor design with large cut-outs on each level to allow light to move from floor to floor.
Behind the doors of Kaspers two-bedroom loft is a contemporary condominium.
Cherry ladder bookshelves break up a long hallway from the front door to The View.
Light from the windowed wall facing Sandusky Bay brightens the entire room. The window is encased in original brick and opens up to a French patio. Standing by the window and looking out over the water is dizzying, literally. Emily says that sometimes she'll stand and look out over the water and suddenly feel a little unsteady. The flow of the water can overtake her.
The flow of the Great Room is much more steady. The cinnamon and gray tone of the room is calm and relaxing. Emily has divided the area into three separate rooms, living, dining and kitchen.
In the stylish living room, a television is perched atop a cherry wood wine desk. In the center of the room is a large ottoman coffeetable. A plush couch serves as the divider between living and dining rooms.
The dark cherry wood of the dining table and chairs serves as a brilliant contrast to the light bamboo solid wood flooring.
The kitchen, which is the final area to make up the Great Room of the condo, is cherry wood, polished granite and stainless steel. Bryan opted to put the gray granite surfaced island on wheels to make it portable. This idea has been a great asset for social functions, allowing more room for guests to mingle and interact.
The soft lights and gold hues of the modern master bedroom make a warm and quieting space in which to slumber.
The second bedroom is suggestive of a beachside cottage. One wall carries the original brick, the color coalescing smoothly with the blue and white decor.
The loft has two baths, the main bath off the hallway and a private facility off the master bedroom.
Bryan says he purchased the 1250 sq. ft. condo as a long-term investment. They've had their keys since July 2007, and have since used the loft as an apartment for employees and visiting business associates, as well as a guest house for friends. They've also had his and hers parties; Super Bowl for Bryan and a "girls night out" with Emily.
Bryan is there almost daily to use the well-equipped fitness center. There are up-to-date treadmills, ellipticals, stationary bikes and a universal system, each turned toward flat screen TVs. There is enough open space for doing a variety of calisthenics.
Emily says she is looking forward to spending a lot of time there again this summer with the couple's two sons, whiling away the hours by the crystal blue waters of the pool and whirlpool which pours into it, like a giant heated fountain. Lounge chairs line the deck and there is an indoor area in which to sit and have lunch.
Waterfront living at its finest.