David: This house actually used to be a horse stable from the 1880s, but we don't really have any artifacts left from its original structure. The only remnants we have left are a few horse tacks that used to be in the walls.
Tereasa and I are both big into vintage and reclamation, so our original vision was to restore it. But when we started to tear through walls, we found that there had been really bad fire damage. It was in such bad shape, there really wasn't anything we could salvage. Had we tried to restore it, we would have ended up with more of a “Disney-like” recreation of an old stable rather than the real thing. In the end, we decided to build something entirely different, instead of creating a fake version of it.
Tereasa: We built this house for the price of the average Chicago condo because the architect did it as a study. We were like, “We have five cents to give you, do whatever you want.”
David: We did give them a lot of free reign, but still had to keep them in check. Otherwise, they could have easily ran with their architectural fantasy and taken it to a place we couldn't afford.
Tereasa: That's why we have concrete floors because we didn't have the budget to put in wood floors. And that's why we don't have any doors upstairs. Did you notice that there are no doors? I think it was a fun exercise for the architect too.
David: That was way back when I lived here alone and the house was more of a bachelor pad. Tereasa and I were engaged at that point, so the goal was to make it more...I don't want to say unisex - they basically scrubbed it of all of my personality, haha! It was a fun and interesting experience, but we ended up giving away most of the stuff.
Tereasa:No disrespect, he's an amazing and generous human being, but it just wasn't our aesthetic - It was a designer thing. And back then we were so young, we weren't were paying much attention.
David: At the time, we just thought 'free shit.' Haha!
David: I'd say we're both very eclectic in our tastes and have a strong appreciation for vintage finds. Even before we met each other, we were both into restoring old things, dumpster diving and thrift store shopping. For the most part, everything here is pretty old and rough around the edges. Nothing is too precious. Everything we own is meant to be used.
We'll debate over things though. Tereasa and I are both art directors by background, so we each have our own opinions, but she's much more strong-willed than I am - I tend to go with the flow more often than not. It's not that I don't care, it's just that I don't have the will to debate, haha!