Case Study: The Red Victorian, Bed and Breakfast
For example, Kanawha Design Studio was hired to help start the Red Victorian, Bed and Breakfast, a coliving community in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco. Working with the indomitable Jessy Kate Schingler, we helped turn a Summer of Love era Bed and Breakfast into a modern coliving community and an important part of the Embassy Network, a series of coliving communities around the world.
The project involved demolition, software development, design, project management and systems development. While Jacob worked on Modernomads, an open source coliving software to manage events, booking and all of the inner workings of a coliving community, Katie designed and drew floor plans and managed subcontractors. Both of us both worked on the various immediate tasks needed to get the space open, from demolition of the outdated and unsafe guest rooms to helping Jessy Kate work on the systems for a self-governing community space. Each day, we would find ourselves applying for food service permits up at the health department, setting up the firewall, removing carpet or managing lead abatement crews.
We work best when we are looking at the whole community - both the big picture systems to keep it running and the small details of that create an experience for its members. The Red Victorian was a wonderful, collaborative experience in both the down and dirty work of a real brick and mortar with the holistic consultation of a new type of collective living model.