Days away from having their first child, Charlotte and Peter Smith saw a listing for a vacant old neighborhood grocery building, blocks away from their 800 square foot home. Two years of construction and another baby boy later, they are still in disbelief it is theirs. They rent the two bedroom apartment upstairs and share the ground floor studio space with other creative professionals. They daydream about the next phases, a side garden and a wood shop.
"Because of our background in environmental design, it was absolutely necessary to
demonstrate how efficient you can retrofit a 100 year old space while completely modernizing
it at the same time. The LED lights (that are powered by solar panels on the roof) against the original tin ceilings is a perfect example.’ "
We get asked a lot if my maiden name is Jones, which it is not. When we bought the building I researched and as far as we know, E.S. Jones, a grocer, built the split face block building in 1898. With our last name being Smith, we couldn’t resist combining the two non-descript names.
"If one runs after the past, one can never capture it,
only by manifesting the present can one communicate with the past."
Sharing our studio space with other creative professionals has been amazing.
I seriously don’t understand how working from home became any kind of trend.
On any given day we share a laugh or are inspired by one of our studio mates talents.