Breathing new life into San Diego's Golden Hill neighborhood, K Lofts introduced nine contemporary rental units to a brownfield site formerly occupied by an abandoned Circle K convenience store and a gas station.
Although local zoning limited the allowable density to six units on a 9,000 square foot lot, Segal received a building bonus and was able to bump the unit count to nine by designating one apartment as low-income.
Elements of the original convenience store building (seen here) were salvaged and integrated into the new design. Segal estimates this adaptive reuse saved nearly $80,000 in demolition and construction costs.
Segal retained parts of the original building shell and foundation, but removed the roof and added a second story. Five two-story units now stand on the footprint of the former retail structure.
The project was built for a modest $82 per square foot, with no government subsidies. Cost saving materials include rusted mild steel cladding (an economical alternative to Cor-Ten)...
There's a sustainable component, too. Half of the project's electricity needs are derived from rooftop photovoltaic panels. Xeriscaping in an interior courtyard minimizes water usage.
Served up as an alternative to other housing options in the area, the loft residences appear upscale, but are deceivingly affordable.