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Casco is about the condition of the workmanship. Whoever buys a casco loft receives a wind- and waterproof loft in which all pipes and discharge pipes are provided. All technical connections are made: water, gas, electricity, cable TV (telenet), telephone, and sewer system. On the roof sits a compact “chimney” with these obligatory connections: wood-burning stove/fireplace, gas heater (exhaust/air intake), ventilation C or D type, de-aeration of discharge pipe, and hood ducting. On the terraces, we provide a tap and a socket (you need to connect them inside on your water- and electricity grid). This way, you don’t need to drill through the outer wall. You can link everything in your loft without disturbing your neighbors.
Our philosophy at ‘casco’ is that we provide everything you need for connection possibilities. On the other hand, we build nothing that you should (partly) demolish. This is the reason why we don’t construct duplex floors in the lofts. Duplex floors can have other levels of thickness as a function of your interior, made out of other materials and having a different height and engineered to create monumental double heights.
The interior and finishing touches on the loft is your responsibility; you can design it the way you want. You choose not only your own flooring, kitchen, and bathroom interior, but also the arrangement of the rooms and the amount of floors, as well as the height of the ceiling. The possibilities are endless!
Everybody who buys a loft in Shed 22 or 23 is required to work with an architect of your choice for further finishing touches. You are always assisted by the architect with interior design.
You can freely choose your architect and builder, but we will recommend some people on request. For example, the builders of Shed 22 and 23 are one choice. They have a lot of experience with the building, and they are always interested in decorating other lofts. You should be able to find the right people to decorate your loft quickly.
An extra advantage – particularly with technological and mechanical aspects (electricity, heating, sanitary etc.) – by working with the original builders of the building you will never encounter discussions amongst different constructors. Normally, this is a big issue in the construction sector. If you have the same builder, you will not have these problems.
Duplex floors can have different thickness levels and can consist of many materials. Another floor can be added to create height. Stairs can even be added while the duplex is under construction.
Briefly, when we construct duplexes in the lofts, buyers must be aware of their limitations. There’s a really big chance (greater than 95 percent) that the buyer will ask us to demolish all or part of a newly constructed duplex, a waste of money and materials, which is not sustainable.
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The surfaces of the lofts mentioned on the website are gross usable surfaces, measured by the architects and checked and confirmed by a geometrician. The surfaces are gross sizes, and the thickness of the walls is also counted in the calculations. For a wall dividing two lofts, half of the wall’s thickness is assigned to each loft. The dividing line is situated in the middle of the common wall. If the wall is a divider between a loft and a common area, such as a corridor, then the whole thickness of the wall will be counted as part of the loft. This calculation is the usual way of measuring.
The duplexes in the lofts are – even though we don’t build them -- counted in the surface area total. We don’t compute the whole surface -- only the part of the duplex in which you can stand up (at least 1.8 meters, if you make the floor of the duplex equal to the upper side of the drawer under the Polonceau truss in your loft).This gives us a fair measure of the size of the lofts and a fair assessment of the maximum realizable usable floor surface of your loft. The loft units’ sizes are determined on the basis of these surface areas. In accordance with these units, you pay the common costs of the building. It would be unfair if someone were to build a smaller duplex inside a loft and pay less in common costs. This method of measuring also is used in the Big Ben Lofthouse, Big Apple Lofthouse and NEO (opposite Sheds 22 and 23).
The common costs linked to a loft or room in Sheds 22 and 23 are no higher than any other office or residential building. We apply the principle that you only pay for what you effectively can use. The lofts or offices on the first floor have no access to the elevators, so those who purchase these lofts don’t pay for maintenance.
The minimum common costs are: fees of the building manager, assurances, consumption (lighting), and maintenance of the common areas, elevators, and heating. The co-owners of Sheds 22 and 23 can decide during their general meeting about additional services (such as common window cleaners).
The only exceptional cost specific to Sheds 22 and 23 is charged when the outer wall needs to be re-painted. All of the steel elements on the outside need to be painted at least every 7-10 years (it varies). As a protective structure, there is a maintenance fee charged by the government (Immovable Heritage Fee). Spread over the lease time and possibly offset by a subsidy, this cost is affordable. These re-paintings are typically done on world-famous steel construction projects, such as the Brooklyn Bridge in New York and the Eiffel Tower in Paris.