When work beckoned UBS financial services executive Ronald Meraz to Los Angeles, he and wife Denise, recent empty nesters, sold their 7,000-square-foot, eight-acre Murrieta home and started searching for “something different,” Denise says — something like a downtown industrial loft.
They weren’t sure what to expect, but they weren’t particularly impressed with what they were seeing.
“There’s often a sterile feeling, white walls, white cabinets, no attention to design,” she notes. “Most people don’t know how to create a home inside this space.”
That was before the Merazes went to see a recently designed loft inside the repurposed 1924 Toy Factory building, located in...