Kanawha Design Studio was hired to help start the Red Victorian, Bed & Breakfast, a coliving community in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco. Working with Jessy Kate Schingler, Katie and Jacob helped turn a 1968 Summer of Love era Bed and Breakfast into a modern coliving community and an important part of the Embassy Network, a series of global coworking communities.
The project involved renovation, software development, interior 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 floor plans, managed the renovations and hired subcontractors. Both of Katie and Jacob worked on the various immediate tasks needed to get the space open, from demolition of the outdated and unsafe guest rooms to helping Jessy Kate work on the systems for a self-governing community space. Tasks for each day could involve inventing door access hardware, applying for food service permits, sketching community kitchen layouts or managing lead abatement crews.
Katie and Jacob work best when they are using their diverse skills on a project. They both have the ability to design and implement everything from the operations systems to the hard details that define a community space. The Red Victorian project was a collaborative experience that allowed Katie and Jacob to dive deep into the real brick and mortar renovation along with a holistic consultation of a new type of collective living model.
Shown are images of the renovation, the layout sketches, drawings for permit sets and a photos from the site.