The Lofts of Merchants Row
The Lofts of Merchants Row
The Lofts of Merchants Row
The Lofts of Merchants Row
The Lofts of Merchants Row

The Lofts of Merchants RowDetroit, MI

The Pepper Shoe Building (built in 1898) was converted into 49 loft-style apartments, with 5,000 square feet of first-floor retail space as an addition to the Lofts of Merchants Row. Each floor above the retail space in the eight-story building was converted into one studio apartment, four one-bedroom units, and one two-bedroom unit. The project team also renovated a low ceiling, existing basement space to create a 1,000 square foot fitness center. The fitness center cost approximately $100,000. A significant challenge the team solved was incorporating new plumbing. They trenched the basement floor to reach the pipes, which they renovated to utilize gravity flow rather than a sump pump.