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16AThe Daily Tar Heel Thursday, August 21, 1986
Residents elevate art of room design willhi lofft color
By NICKI WEISENSEE
; Editorial Assistant
I University housing officials must
inspect hundreds of them annually.
Low ceilings can make getting up in
I the mornings hazardous. But for the
I more space-conscious on-campus
Presidents squeezing belongings into
'tiny rooms, lofts can bring efficiency
land added comfort.
" "It automatically gives you versa
I tility,"" said Cronin Byrd, a senior
:from Washington, D.C. Byrd and his
: roommate, Yanceyville sophomore
.'Thorn Solomon, spent several hours
! constructing the lofts in their Connor
"It's our home, rather than just
a bedroom," Solomon said.
Loft permits, available at resi
dence college desks, must be submit
ted before construction of a loft can
begin, said Ray Jones, president of
the Residence Hall Association.
Students are allowed two weeks to
complete construction before the loft
is inspected by an official from the
University Department of Housing.
If certain requirements are not
met, residents have one week to bring
the loft up to standards. Lofts that
fail two inspections must be
Jones described some of the
criteria the lofts must meet for
"Some (of the restrictions) are you
can't damage the room at all, they
can't block either the door or the
window and you can't have anything
hanging from them," Jones said.
"They also must be painted with fire
Loft designs across campus vary
from the strictly functional to the
imaginative. Perhaps one of the
more intricate designs on campus
belongs to Mangum residents Mark
Allard, a senior from Rogers, Ark.,
and James Burrus, a junior from
Cary. Allard and Burrus erected
three lofts to create a split-level effect
two running vertically and one
crossing horizontally between them
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at a lower level.
"1 had the middle loft my sopho
more year and I toyed with the idea
of having a split loft," Allard said.
"James had the other two last year.
So, we put them together this year
and then experimented with the
Pastel colors are out in one
Mangum dorm room. Neil Blanton
and Richard . Carroll, both sopho
mores from Forest City, employed
a black-and-white checkerboard
motif. On one wall of their Mangum
dorm room, Blanton and Carroll
have 12-inch mirrors alternated with
12-inch patches of black to form a
"It all started with the mirrors,
then the checkerboard thing took
over," Carroll said.
The room has a black carpet,
black curtains, a black-and-white
trunk, a black-and-white Playboy
trash can and wall poster, and black-and-white
checkerboard towels and
flags. As for the lofts, they will be
painted (surprise!) black.
However, there is a down side to
all this convenience and luxury.
Jones said one of the oiggest hassles
about a loft is that it must be taken
down the last day of classes
leaving students bed less during final
"1 love the loft, but taking it down
so much has put a lot of wear on
it," Jones said. "I know that they do
it in case the dorm is used for summer
conferences, but I think in my case,
a couple of those years it couldVe
stayed up and not caused any
"I'm just glad that this is the last
year 111 have to lug it up the stairs,"
Jones said. "Next' year, it'll be
someone else's hassle."
Mark Allard and James Burrus at home in their lofty split-level habitat
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