|RE: Common House Questions||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rob Sandelin (robsanmicrosoft.com)|
|Date: Mon, 16 Jan 95 12:38 CST|
Willie Schreurs asked a lot (pehaps too many?) questions about commonhouse design and programming: Sharingwood currently uses a 400 square foot room in a basement as our temporary commonhouse. We have a 2000 square foot commonhouse beginning construction in a couple of weeks. We currently have 14 resident households in 12 houses. - Conversely, if you were trying to save money, what spaces/functions would you eliminate first? We never established a teen room in the commonhouse plan as a programmed space. We have no current interest in centralized laundry. Arts and crafts sorts of activities are being programmed for a separate shop space. We have no programmed common guest room space, we accomodate guests in our homes or in the campground. - the relationship of that space to other spaces The placement of the kids room is a key relationship in our plan. It is close to the entrance and kitchen and in view from the kitchen, but not close to the dining. It is sunk 4 feet below the floor level of the dining area. It has its own outdoor entrance and will have banners and tapestries hung from the ceiling for sound. - Community meals are a big part of common house use, so: - how many meals do you have per week? 4 sometimes 5. - what is the participation in these meals? Varies. Of a total of 32 current residents 19 participate regularly, 9 participate sometimes, 4 participate rarely or not at all. - how can we make sure that the experience is a pleasant one, with high participation, and that the process is neither too time-consuming nor burdensome? Be flexible about dinner hours and days, deal with kid noise and behaviors upfront, use a small bell which can be rung by anyone to indicate the noise level is too loud. Use teams of at least 3 to cook, prep and cleanup.
- Common House Questions Michael J. Pruitt, March 9 1994
- Re: Common House Questions Jo Haste, January 16 1995
- Re: Common House Questions Deborah Behrens, January 16 1995
- Common House Questions H. Kenneth Walker, May 2 1995
- Re: Common house questions David L. Mandel, May 3 1995
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