|Smaller unit kitchens||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Joani Blank (jeblankic.org)|
|Date: Tue, 19 Jan 1999 02:10:02 -0600|
I never heard it as cohousing wisdom that cohousing unit kitchens in particular should be smaller. Rather that most people moving into cohousing would probably be able to manage with fewer square feet than they had imagined they would have in a brand new home or condo that they might otherwise have been "moving up" to. That is, smaller and otherwise more modest houses than if they purchasing non-cohousing residences. I know that someone designing a big single family house might well want a big kitchen not only to cook meals for large frequent dinner parties, but for family members to hang out in. In cohousing, by contrast, the large dinner parties can be held in the common house. And in unit dwellings In many cohousing communities the kitchen is somewhat or completely open to the living (family) and dining areas. Together they make up what I understand Chuck Durrett calls an "all room," (is this a literal translation of a Danish word? Or is it a term architects use? Or did Chuck invent it?) When the person who asked about this originally mentioned that these dwellings might have as many as four residents, he or she didn't specify whether this meant a family of four or four single adult housemates, or some other combo? When four single adults (with different tastes, different schedules.different needs for storage of food and kitchen equipment and different standards of cleanliness or tidiness) share a kitchen, things can get pretty gamey--no matter how big or fancy the kitchen is and whether or not the house is in a cohousing community. Joani Blank Doyle St. Cohousing/Old Oakland Cohousing/The Cohousing Network (Have you joined the Network yet? Give yourself a gift and support the development of cohousing in North America at the same time!)
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