It DOES look haunted… “Scoooooby”!!!
The page wire railing in the loft jumped out at me too - the whole railing up there may need an “extreme makeover - power station edition”. I think this is going to be a case of “what did the builder try and accomplish in adapting a commercial application to residential… did he make it work… and is it safe”. That step-up you mention poses a problem for me too, Wendy… but nothing perhaps a small landing wouldn’t fix. I wouldn’t want to step OUT of that door, half-asleep! As for the electrical, we’ll see… from the tiny pics in the virtual tour it looks like the externally-mounted receptacles are EMT, which while “industrial”, should be okay… unless I’m missing something?
As for the handrail at the front… I’d call the sides rails too… but even so, a tubular steel rail running right up the center might be appropriate.
I’m really looking forward to this! This is a really unique opportunity around these parts!