Ever since i've helped out at the Department of Safety
, and been to shows in the Oak Street Arts Building
or the artistery
, and seeing various, less epic (but still way rad) living situations in non-residential buildings (most notably, for you living in portland, this unknown green building
, which i have yet the courage to ask what they're doing, i have wanted) i have wanted to live in such a space.
Now, i've seen most of the
posts about warehouse living, but they don't fully answer some of the questions i have:
First of all, how does one find these kinds of spaces? Do you just start scoping out neighborhoods and shoot for "for rent" signs? and find someplace that would be suitable for living in? How do you find a landlord that's okay with what you want to do? Don't throw me the craigslist line, here in PDX craigslist is saturated, and it's hard to find anything in any catagory. Is this even possible in portland with it's current level of gentrification?
I am not planning on running any sort of buisness out of my residence, so this doesn't really fall under a 'live/work' setting, because i work somewhere else, but i will be using a section for hobby mechanical work. Does this complicate the process, if i don't run or own a buisness?
And lastly, how the hell do people in these spaces shower? build one? a big bucket with soapy water in it? This, i have never understood fully.
Any resources, how-tos, magazine articles, or anything really would be appriciated.