Erin & Chris's "Gutted in Fishtown"

Erin & Chris's "Gutted in Fishtown"

Aaron Able
Dec 8, 2009

Name: Erin & Chris
Location: Fishtown — Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

These photos represent the culmination of almost 3 years of hard work, and certainly the most challenging experience of our lives. Starting in 2007, we gutted a 4,000 square feet building in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia and carved out two, two bedroom apartments, as well as an artists studio/commercial space. Purchasing and renovating with a construction loan smack in the middle of the mortgage industry meltdown presented plenty of challenges from zoning to inspection. We were unsure that we'd ever get to live in the house we worked so hard on! All worked out in the end though, and now we are thoroughly enjoying the fruits of our labor.

My boyfriend and I did all the finish work from drywall on. He is a blogger for and I am an artist and server. We are 99% done — only our green roof and a couple of built ins remain to be completed in our unit. Decorating the space after imagining it for so long was a rewarding experience; Apartment Therapy of course was an excellent source of inspiration! We made plenty of mistakes (our penny tiles, ugh!) but also had many moments of triumph. (an awesome rug, with dinosaurs?? Yes!!). Also, I'm pretty sure I spent more time at IKEA in the past year than an average employee.

Thanks Erin & Chris!

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