my girlfriend and i are about to embark on our first apartment together, and i am curious to hear from anyone who has lived in a loft type space before. i am referring to the former mill building turned wood floor exposed brick open plan type thing. my concerns are thus: -i like my alone time on occasion (as does she) and a loft space usually seems to offer no closed door rooms (other than the bathroom.) we are both designers so working in a big open apartment with music going when someone is trying to sleep seems like a problem waiting to happen. -i am curious about utility costs, some include heat, etc. but the ones that don't sound like the kind of space that would cost and arm and a leg to heat (in northeastern USA.) -security and safety, since often these kinds of spaces are in industrial areas it seems like the "neighborhood" would be nonexistent. she is a runner so for her to do 6 miles around a bunch of warehouses does not sound like it makes a lot of sense. anyone who has done this have any thoughts? i am wondering if a loft space is too tough on a first-time cohabitation situation. but they are so freaking cool, tho. doh!