|Kids room in Common House||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: RLob4Grell (RLob4Grellaol.com)|
|Date: Tue, 22 Nov 94 08:19 CST|
We are close to solidifying the design of our common house here in San Luis Obispo and are concerned about the placement of the kids room. We are building a 3000sqft, two story affair. Downstairs we generally have designed a quiet (west) side and a noisy (east) side. The quiet side has the sitting room and one guest room. The nosiy side has the kitchen, lanudry and kids room. The kids room is adjacent to the kitchen and is slated to take a fair amout of the direct morning and early afternoon sunlight which could otherwise be available for the kitchen. We have chosen this compromise with the following assumtions: 1) The kids (say ages 2-8) will tend to play where the adults are. The adults in the common house before dinner, will generally be in or near the kitchen. If the kids room is far away from the kitchen it won't be used. 2) Kids will tend to play where the warm sunlight is. If the kids room is not visually inviting (say, placed on the shady cooler north side), kids won't use this room. 3) Because the kids room is placed within view of the cooks (but separated by glass) parents with toddlers or pre-toddlers will still be able to effectively participate in the cooking. Some in the group are concerned that we are comprimizing the placement of the kitchen for the kids room based on shaky assumptions about the requirements of the kids room. How have other Kids rooms worked (or not worked)? Is it too small (big)? Ours is 11 x 13 with a corner of stairs/stage Is is contiguous to outdoor covered/enclosed space? Ours opens onto a small covered deck and then to the only hard, flat space in the development What time of day is it mostly used? Is it used for home schooling?, Structured daycare? Thanks for any direction Rich Lobdill Grell CoHousing Group San Luis Obispo, CA
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