My dad and I started discussing how fun it would be to build a warehouse into a live work space ...
"... somewhere we could live that would enable us to shorten the distance between the thought and action of any project we were passionate about."
When I was close to graduating from college, my dad and I started discussing how fun it would be to build a warehouse into a live work space – somewhere we could live that would enable us to shorten the distance between the thought and action of any project we were passionate about. We talked about it for years – we even found a neighborhood in Kansas City and started shopping for abandoned buildings... But not long after, I got a job offer in Seattle and left the Midwest.
"The seed of that idea haunted me for nearly a decade..."
The seed of that idea haunted me for nearly a decade... Until my buddy Snake called me one afternoon to see if I wanted help him build his warehouse into a badass shop/house in downtown LA. I did not need to think about it. Two weeks later I was in a U-Haul headed south. We built our castle over the next 6 years using recycled materials from the entertainment industry... Every TV show or movie set we worked on became a hardware store... wood, steel, tile, toilets...you name it, we used it.
"Our reputation as resourceful scavengers brought us more materials than we had room for."
One-time Snake was working on a big production at a sound stage and notice a huge dumpster full of 2x6’s... He called me and said bring the truck and trailer. He got me on the lot, and I drove out of there with 5 thousand dollars worth of lumber that would have been thrown out otherwise... and the next day we built our beloved stage. Our reputation as resourceful scavengers brought us more materials than we had room for. Some friends introduced us to a young couple demoing a 100-year-old carriage stable in Angelina Heights... and so we built our kitchen from Victorian era debris. I will never forget the first time we turned on the kitchen sink – Nearly all the copper pipe we installed sprayed water like a sprinkler so we stayed up all night cleaning and re-soldiering the joints... But in the morning, we had a kitchen sink with a garbage disposal.
"Of all the things I have ever said I would do... This is the one I am most proud of."
At that point we had everything; a world class kitchen, a walk-in shower, a movie theater, a photo studio, a machine shop, a stage, three bedrooms and two stripper poles. Of all the things I have ever said I would do... This is the one I am most proud of. And of all the homes I have ever left behind, this will be the hardest.
Todd Blubaugh was born and raised in McPherson, Kansas. His earliest interests were in art and motorbikes and since the age of 12, Todd has been pursuing these two passions. He currently works in film, writes, shoots, and pursues collaborations with his roommates at The Chun, a motorcycle warehouse and art space in Los Angeles. The free-spirit artist shares his passion for open roads through aspirational imagery and poetic travel notes that resonate with Serengeti’s DNA.