WHAT WAS THE APARTMENT LIKE WHEN YOU FIRST MOVED IN?
When I moved in, it was totally empty - an almost 2000 sq ft. wide open space. We built the guest loft, the storage space, this banquette, the bedrooms. And then a few years after moving in, the guy who was renting the space downstairs space moved out, so we took over that space as well and installed a 14' tall spiral staircase we salvaged from a house in Marin. The house is in a constant slow transformation. I see it as something that will forever remain unfinished. I rent, so it's never going to be as polished as if it was completely mine.
This whole building is a trip. It's filled with some great characters, some who've shifted over the years, and some who've been here almost 30. Like my neighbor downstairs who rescues malamutes and huskies. There's a rotating cast of these incredible dogs who howl at the sirens at night - it's pretty amazing. It's a little vestige of a wild, bohemian San Francisco that is hanging on by a thread as the waves of gentrification alter the landscape. I mean, the shit that goes on down this alley, ha!