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Co-Living Design

Build the ideal community-based lifestyle for your residents

The co-living lifestyle is rapidly catching on in the UK. There are many modern renters who want more from their residential experience. They want to spend time with the people who share their building, create a community, and form lasting relationships.

Humans are naturally sociable, and the idea of living alone isn’t something that many people find appealing. The co-living sector has created a hybrid style of living - balancing community and privacy. With a range of amenities and social spaces, residents can enjoy the experience of living with friends but return to their private apartments when it’s time for personal rest and relaxation.

Through LOFT's co-living design team, we can help you provide residents with the perfect environment for socialising and personal growth.

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Interior Design for Co-Living

LOFT’s staff and co-living design team are experts in creating supportive and welcoming environments. We’ll take care of every element from project management to installation, meaning you can focus your attention on other key matters while we take the stress out of furnishing.

Consultation

Co-living appeals to everyone and anyone. You may have a specific demographic in mind for your development, or you might want to appeal to a whole host of different individuals.

Here, we listen to your ideas, share our own thoughts and put together the best plan to follow.

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Site Visit

Our co-living design team will visit your site to get a much better idea of the space they’re working with.

Their visit allows us to assess the feasibility of plans, make initial measurements and provides an opportunity to meet your staff.

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Concept Design

Once the initial brainstorming sessions are complete, our designers will assemble a mood board, a visual representation of what your co-living spaces will look like when finished.

This is the perfect stage for adding or removing certain aspects, which we’re more than happy to accommodate.

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Procurement

With the co-living designs approved, we then procure all the items needed to create the perfect social spaces for your residents.

This includes sourcing: paint, wallpaper, furniture, accessories and lighting.

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Staging

The staging of your co-living spaces will be overseen by LOFT’s interior designers to ensure every detail delivers the impact you’re looking to achieve.

Assembly is carried out by our trained delivery & installation team, with packaging being removed and recycled on completion.

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Aftercare & Maintenance

The co-living sector doesn’t come without a few minor setbacks, but LOFT has you covered. We offer a like-for-like replenishment service to replace any damaged furniture. You can also contact us if you have further use for interior design consultancy.

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To find out more on community

Download our Build To Regenerate - Vol. #3 Community publication

What are the Benefits of Co-Living?

Co-living comes with a range of benefits, which is why it’s become so popular all across the world. For those living in the UK, the co-living sector is growing because residents enjoy:

A Built-in Community

No other residential market provides the same level of social interaction as co-living. When a resident wants to have some fun and relax in the company of like-minded individuals, all they have to do is make their way to the nearest social amenity area.

Co-living design centres around building a community. Everything from the colour palettes to the soft furnishings is included to make residents want to use the space. And the more residents who use it, the greater amount of opportunities there are for friendships to develop.

The ultimate goal is to create an inviting environment where bonds can form naturally. If your residents truly enjoy the company they’re in, they’ll want to stay for the long-term and nurture friendships further.

Improved Mental Health

Nothing is worth the price of our mental health, and more people than ever now realise this. Living in isolation isn’t good for our wellbeing, as we need people to bounce off, to have conversations with and to help us when we’re feeling down.

We’ve reached a point in society where most friendships are made online, but texts and one-word messages can’t replace a true person-to-person connection. With potentially hundreds of friends all living in the same building, residents don’t have to feel alone or face isolation anymore.

A Balance Between Work & Social Life

Co-living encompasses every part of a resident’s life. Many developments are set up to encourage working and collaboration, which means WFH employees and freelancers can network and build businesses without ever having to leave the building.

Cutting out the commute by working from home also means residents have more free time to have fun. This gives them more opportunities to build on the connections they’ve made through a wide range of activities.

No Commitments

For most people, once they’ve bought a property, they feel as though they have to stick with it for years to come. But modern life doesn’t work that way anymore. Young individuals in particular want the freedom to come and go as they please without a mortgage looming over them.

Co-living and BTR provides freedom. If your residents want to travel or relocate for work, they don’t have to worry about “selling up” or arranging to have all their furniture packed up as well.

 

Meet Our Interior Design Team

Ensure your co-living design plans appeal to the market with help from our award-winning Interior Design team:

Hannah Morton

Hannah Morton

Interior Designer

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Kelsie Evans

Interior Designer

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Jessica McMillan

Junior Interior Designer

Take a Look at Our Co-Living Blogs


LOFT specialises in creating the perfect co-living spaces, and we regularly provide advice and insights into the emerging market. Take a look at our thoughts on the co-living sector — and the wider residential market — here:

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Start the Conversation

Need expert help when planning your co-living spaces? Get in touch with a member of our team to arrange a chat.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Co-living the Same as Build to Rent?
Co-living and BTR are synonymous with each other, but they’re not the same. Build to rent is a fantastic example of how co-living works, but there are many other co-living models that provide the same social and mental health benefits such as: - PBSAs - HMOs - Assisted Living Developments As long as you have a community, your development can be seen as an example of co-living.
How Important Is Interior Design for Co-living Spaces?
Without interior design, co-living spaces may not even be used. Residents need to feel welcomed when they enter a social area, and that means creating an environment that they’ll actually enjoy. A variety of colours and textures draw the eye and establish a friendly atmosphere while comfortable seating and strategically placed furniture encourages social interaction. Co-living design is about striking the right balance. Make sure to contact a member of our team for more information.
When Is the Best Time to Bring In an Expert?
To get the most out of your co-living project, you should contact a stylist as soon as possible. The earlier one of our designers can get involved, the sooner we can make suggestions to help your development appeal to the widest number of potential residents. No matter what stage you’re at, though, it never hurts to ask an interior design expert for help.
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