Friday, January 13, 2012

Warehouse Envy

This story would not be complete, unless you knew how I ended up where I am. I had the mission, the plan and the drive to start my studio but I was missing a crucial part. Space. I needed creative room to design a studio.  One that was both functional and inspiring! I’d like to say that I executed some well thought out plan, but that is far from the truth. One day my designer and I were shopping and while walking through the Design District in Dallas I was overwhelmed with thoughts that I had to be there. I felt inspired, creative and a sense of purpose as I walked through the streets and shops. I immediately began my search for warehouse space. The warehouse on Leslie was only the second property I toured. Immediately upon walking in, I knew I was in the space that would become Studio 217. At the time, the 6,000 square foot warehouse was being used for storage and I was barely able to look past the floor to ceiling towers of boxes. I was still able to see the potential past all the cardboard. Three weeks after the conception of my idea, I owned a warehouse.

Warehouse after the boxes are out

The warehouse needs a lot of work. It is basically a shell. No HVAC and barely any electricity or plumbing. It’s screaming attributes include a beautiful pine ceiling, a concrete slab, two over-sized delivery bays, and a killer panoramic view of downtown Dallas from the roof. 

Future location of a roof-top deck
Am I over my head? If I wasn’t then, I have decided that I was going to use this space to both live and work. In addition to making this Studio217, I am going to build a loft out the back of the warehouse to live in. Now is the time to call me crazy. Stay tuned for all the excitement and progress of this amazing space as it becomes a reality.


  1. I called you crazy long ago, but that's a good thing. Let me know if there is anything I can do to help. TMoll

  2. Good luck Kenny. I'm sure it's going to be a huge success! I'd love to come see it once it's complete. Kim