When longtime friends Adam Finkelman and Evan Garfield were looking for an apartment in 2013, they had some requirements: space for Garfield, a drummer, to practice his music; a large enough kitchen and common area so they could host dinner parties; and bedrooms with actual windows. (A previous apartment in Greenpoint had one sad windowless room, an experience they didn't want to replicate.) They had been looking in Brooklyn for weeks when a broker told them, "You're looking for the needle in the haystack, and you're not going to find it." "It was the climax of defeat we were experiencing," Garfield explains. "And we left there like, 'fuck that guy! We're totally gonna find it!'"
After seeing about 30 apartments, they stumbled on a large ground-floor studio in Boerum Hill, which on paper didn't meet many of their requirements: It was a typical boxy apartment, with no bedroom and a smaller kitchen than Garfield, an enthusiastic home cook, would have liked. But what it did have, aside from a convenient location, was an attached garage, where the pair envisioned a space where they could host those dinner parties, and Finkelman, who runs a furniture company, could have a work bench. And once the landlord told them that they could change basically whatever they wanted about the space, save for the floors, they were sold. "We were standing in the living room, and I looked at Adam and was like, 'We have to do this, right?'" says Garfield. So they did.