P2P Brooklyn: from apartment to shared flat, restaurant/club

Adam Finkelman and Evan Garfield were veteran roommates of the New York City rental scene so when they discovered a Brooklyn loft with a garage they snapped it up even though it didn’t have a single bedroom. What they saw was potential to carve out space for at-home music performances and a kitchen large enough for Garfield to host supper clubs.

Finkelman, a furniture designer/builder by trade, laid out two bedrooms so tiny they fit just their beds on three sides, on the fourth side he left a sliver of space for a standup desk and stairs to the lofted beds. Under the beds, he placed open closets, drawers and storage.

The two friends built out the space themselves, using mostly found materials (from the street and craigslist). To create a kitchen large enough and comfortable enough for Garfield to cater meals hosted in their space, they hacked the kitchen with lots of on-the-wall storage for utensils and pans and a combo drying rack/dish storage from IKEA drying racks and painters’ trays.

In the garage, which the previous tenant had used to work on his motorcycles, Finkelman added soundproofing so the space could be used as a DIY performance space (the video features performances from the jazz band Sneak Thievery and Garfield’s band Conveyor) and furniture made from recycled pallets so Garfield could host “supper clubs for strangers” here.

Their participation in the sharing economy helps offset their rent ($2200 or $1100 per roommate). It also gives them the freedom – in a city where space can be creatively confining – to experiment with their trades (Finkelman with his furniture making and Garfield in the kitchen).

For meals, concerts & stays at Adam & Evan’s place:

Adam’s furniture (Yorkwood):

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  1. sue cathcart
    July 30, 2017

    Totally amazing what they have done – I also do some renovation to my "rented" home but it's my home and I benefit from it whilst I live here – can't afford to buy where I live but hey a home is a home

  2. bluetexas001
    August 3, 2017

    Amazing. Just incredible.

  3. ttgk
    August 28, 2017

    It's a rental…..

  4. Trigg Wolf
    August 30, 2017

    I would've built the living room in between the bedrooms.

  5. Christina Andromeda
    September 1, 2017

    Well done to these brilliant minds. One question, is it legal to host diners at home?

  6. Josh Stephan
    September 4, 2017

    Socks go in the top drawer. Communist..

  7. Kevin Mulia
    September 15, 2017

    Keanu Reeves lived here?

  8. Kate North
    October 4, 2017

    Basically live in too of your business – it's very traditional but nowadays it made to look cool and artsy – in a way it is – buts it's a very old traditional way of feeding and housing oneself.

  9. Kristýna Holoubková
    October 5, 2017

    It is so cool!

  10. A.L. Sheehan
    October 6, 2017

    WOW…people amaze me how creative they are!

  11. Georgia Atkins
    October 15, 2017

    You guys are so talented. Able to build all that. And play music.

  12. Trinity Kay
    October 17, 2017

    Why didn't they buy the house and renovate it? I live in a rental right now and I'm not going to do anything in this house even the garden space

  13. nikki cosisayso
    October 24, 2017

    I love it

  14. Felix Blackwood
    October 24, 2017

    I admire the ingenuity and grit of these fellows, but I couldn't live in such a cramped space. I'm glad I am able to make a good living in a rural area versus being crowded in in a large metropolitan area like NYC. I have lived in large metro areas in the past, but I am done with that life. I love having a few acres of land, a nice house, clear skies with the Milky Way at night and loads of wildlife wandering around my property.

    But, I realize many people need to live in large metro areas for their jobs or may enjoy that kind of lifestyle.

  15. Patrick Robinson
    October 25, 2017

    You can both masturbate in private – Congratulations !!!!

  16. Mrs. Garcia
    October 28, 2017

    Brooklyn used to be the cheap dangerous area. Times have changed

  17. Mrs. Garcia
    October 28, 2017

    I'm guessing these guys are single.

  18. Sanji
    November 6, 2017

    guys. i love everything you bith havr done!

  19. Windy Daley
    November 6, 2017

    I wonder how the wood floors were protected when the walls were added. Were nails used to attach walls?

  20. Christopher Darwin
    November 6, 2017

    Very clever use of space! Thank you!

  21. Noeraldin Kabam
    November 14, 2017

    But what’s in drawer three?

  22. oldman baller50
    November 17, 2017

    Cool guys and an even better living space!

  23. Jini McClelland
    November 19, 2017

    Gator Nation represent!!!!

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