|The "Next Home", Really!||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Sarah Kerr (skerrbecgy.com)|
|Date: Sun, 18 Jan 1998 17:23:41 -0600|
Oops, I sent a message out with the wrong title. I'm happy to report that people who have read it seem to have been able to figure out what I was talking about and have answered appropriately. The first message titled the "Next Home" should have been titled "Labour Credits" and what follows is the real Next Home message. Is anybody confused yet? We here in Calgary are considering a housing model developed by the School of Architecture at McGill University and are wondering if anybody has any experience with it. The model is called the Next Home and seems a perfect match for cohousing. The basic principle is a three story house (detached, duplex or townhouse) that can be adapted to meet a variety of family structures and living needs over its lifetime. The footprint is 20' x 40', there are no interior load bearing walls, and all the services are in the exterior walls and so interior renovations are simple to do. As well, each floor can operate as a separate 800sqf unit (the floors pass fire barrier codes), or two or more can be combined to create larger houses. The stairways are framed so that they can be common entry space (providing access to three small units) or can be easily turned around and made part of one larger unit. There are lots of possibilities for building in (an out) home offices, teenager's suites, and rental units, as well as for housing older parents (closets that line up to install elevators, easily arranged bed sitting rooms for hired caregivers). The houses are designed and constructed to be very affordable and energy efficient...what more could we ask? We know very little about how the houses actually work and, as most of the city of Montreal is still without electricity, we haven't been able to pursue it with th folks at McGill. I thought I would just toss the idea out to the list and see if anyone has heard anything about them. Cheers Sarah Kerr Wholelife Housing in Calgary, Alberta ..where we are very excited about trying to purchase an empty 2 acre lot on the recently closed 500 acre military base close to downtown. The army is under pressure not to demolish the old (but well maintained) houses, and so we are considering the price and possiblity of moving the existing military houses onto this land in a configuration we like. It might make things very recycled, affordable and relatively fast, but we would sacrifice energy efficiency and 90's design know-how. We are also considering building from the ground up and using the Next Home design.
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