Here’s the story of five friends in their 20s who rented raw loft space in Bushwick for $4,500 a month and built it out themselves for $17,000. The group includes two architectural designers, an advertising executive and two fashion designers. The design star of the apartment is the kitchen with its pickled birch cabinets, concrete counters and dangling lights. The article claims, and we find this hard to believe, that the materials for the cabinets and counters cost only $400. If so, we’ve all got a lot to live up to in our own renovations. Click through to the story and slideshow to see lots of photos. (Above, a photo of one of the many factory buildings in Bushwick — not the one in the article — that have been converted into residential space.) We hope they have a ten-year lease.
Making Family Out of Friends [NY Times]
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