|Notes on TeleTalk call w/ Mary Kraus||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: ann zabaldo (zabaldoearthlink.net)|
|Date: Sun, 7 Mar 1999 11:33:56 -0600|
Common House Design & Curing CH Ails by Mary Kraus TeleTalk March 4, 1999 We had a FABULOUS Teletalk conference call last Thursday w/ Mary Kraus, architect extrodinaire. As many of you know, Mary designed the CH at Pioneer Valley. She is currently the architect of record for the 2nd community at the Ecovillage in Ithaca, NY. She is also collaborating on Pathways cohousing in North Hampton, MA and on another cohousing community in Texas. She just completed the programming for the CH for Takoma Village Cohousing in Washington, DC. --Start-- These are the highlights of the hour long conversation. *A good model to use in creating the great room interior spaces for a CH is the quintessential ski lodge. In the ski lodge model we can see effective design principles that make a very large great room, w/ exposed rafters or ceiling, and often a very large fire place, seem intimate and cozy. *It's most important to have a space in the CH where an individual would feel comfortable being alone. If you don't have this, then each time an individual comes to the CH he/she won't stay and you end up w/ people leaving just before the next person gets there. *If possible, have mail picked up in the CH. (Some jurisdictions won't allow this.) *Put laundry room on the 1st floor. *People should be able to see people in the CH from outside. *Have areas you can close off for smaller groups. *Make the LR/sitting room VERY COZY. *Coziness in general is a very important attribute. *Coziness can be acheived through kinds of materials, colors. Lower elements make a large room feel cozier e.g. wainscotting or painting walls to head height. *It's more important to focus on the QUALITY of a space than the quantity of space. In other words, smaller is better than larger if the smaller space is done well. *Decorate to complete the spaces. (Many times groups run out of money for decorating and end up using old, cast off furniture and decorations. Sometimes the furniture is broken and just plain ugly. This doesn't make for an inviting space.) *Avoid creating a "tunnel" effect from placing a LR, sitting room or dining room directly down a long hallway from the door to the outside. This is a principle of Feng Shui *If you have a square great room, break it up into smaller rectangles by furniture arrangements and varying the ceiling height. Noise abatement tricks: *Ceiling should be finished w/ an absorbent surface. *High ceilings are more effective at controlling noise but make sure the ceiling is of varying heights to prevent noise from bouncing off the surface of the ceiling. *Use low lighting esp. at dinner. Consider using candles. *Serve dinner family style where food is brought to the tables as opposed to cafeterial style. This will reduce the number of times people get up and down during a meal. *Close off the kid's room -- this room should be far enough away from DR and LR/sitting room so adults can't hear the normal chatter and yelling kids do but close enough to hear a child screaming. *Use smaller tables for dining. An ideal size suggested by Lynn Meadow of Rosewind cohousing is a 3'x5' rectangle that comfortably seats four w/ room for serving platters. --End-- If any of the participants on the conference call want to add anything please do so. Or if you out there on the listserv want to add something from your experience we invite your comments. April 4th, our guest on TeleTalk will be Jim Leach talking about his role as a developer and answering questions about using professionals in developing a cohousing community. If you're just starting a group or you're wondering about how a developer or other professional can help you develop a site, this will be an indispensible hour for you. The monthly TeleTalk conference call is a program of The Cohousing Network and is provided w/ out charge to folks interested in cohousing. -- _______________________ Best -- Ann Zabaldo Zabaldo [at] earthlink.net Every dreamer knows that it is entirely possible to be homesick for a place you've never been to, perhaps more homesick than for familiar ground. Judith Thurman "The Hand of Distance" Takoma Village Cohousing is the Washington D.C. area's first URBAN cohousing community. Email me for more details.
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