Taking the plunge

Homeowners and renters are spurning the manicured lawns of suburbia for the excitement and ease of urban living, and boy, have their house plans changed

These lofts were completely gutted down to the cement floors and beams, in this historic downtown factory. Designer Kim Fox wanted to keep the interior design styles authentic to its history, yet modern and inviting.

The overall aesthetic in this kitchen design is neutral and clean so it would appeal to the "luxury downtown living" audience, says designer Kim Fox.

Sharing an open floor plan with the living room, this kitchen design features high ceilings with exposed mechanical elements.

Concrete floors add an urban touch to this expansive master suite, built by Quest Modern Homes. Windows take up the majority of one wall, flooding the space with natural light.

This Fifth Street loft overlooks the firehouse next door and the west side of Cincinnati. A fireplace roars away in the open living area, lending warmth to the majority of the condo.

The subtle kitchen island lighting seen in this downtown condo is interesting enough to flatter the kitchen design, but low-key enough to let guests eyes naturally travel to the nearby view.

In the heart of downtown Cincinnati, these house plans built by Quest Modern Homes, are meeting an increased demand for single family city-center homes.

This unit features the original brick walls, and interior designer Kim Fox and her team removed the drop ceilings to expose the industrial pipes and beams.

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