With both kids off to college, our clients opted to downsize from a sprawling ranch house in Poway to a modern loft-style townhouse in the city. Their new home had four levels with interesting, multi-functional spaces. The main level, which holds the kitchen, dining area, and living room, offers an open floor plan for ease of use and maximization of space. Our clients chose brick for the main wall of the house, which spans a height of over twenty feet and carries into the master-suite loft area. This expansive use of brick offers a bold challenge to the conventional maze of drywall used in most new-construction homes. Natural light filters in through custom Hunter Douglas shades, creating warm translucent ambiance throughout the house. For the finishes, a palette of warm grays, ebony, and olive green was used to complement the industrial character of the brick. Blackened steel and reclaimed wood elements combined with plush, care-free upholstery generate warm and inviting spaces with undeniable masculine qualities.