|Building the commonhouse later||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rob Sandelin (Floriferousclassic.msn.com)|
|Date: Sun, 30 Aug 1998 21:11:15 -0500|
At Sharingwood we designed and built our commonhouse after the first phase was platted and mostly built. Since we are a somewhat lower budget, lot development model, we couldn't really afford to do it any other way. We remodelled a basement of one of the homes and used that as a very small, but workable space for meetings and dinners. The advantage of that experience was that when we programming our building, we knew from lots of direct experience living together (some of us for 6-8 years) what we really needed and so we did not overbuild our commonhouse with a bunch of stuff we really did not need. Because we had used a very small, cramped space, we learned a lot about spaces and what you need. The disadvantage is that had a commonhouse been clearly designed and built earlier it may have (or may not have) impacted some of the individual home designs. Before we even created the remodelled basement space, we rotated community dinner for two years between homes. We did this three nights a week. This too, taught us some lessons about spaces. Of course, it also created a pattern and the occaision to be together at meals, a very crucial part of becoming a community. Rob Sandelin Sharingwood
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