|Re: Design expertise or local architects||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: NKaten947 (NKaten947aol.com)|
|Date: Tue, 19 Oct 1999 09:08:54 -0600 (MDT)|
Bellingham Cohousing hired The Cohousing Company - Katie McCamant & Chuck Durrett as architects for our project. They have been amazing, both in their design work & knowledge of cohousing. We started construction in June and as I walk around the site & look at the different perspectives that the houses have of the common house & how the houses face the gathering nodes- I see how important it is to have knowledge of how cohousing works in designing the site & the houses. We had one man in the group with some architect experience and we thought we could do the design programming ourselves, but Chuck & Katie put us through programming sessions with questions we couldn't have anticipated on our own. Throughout the entire design process they helped us make 100's decisions based on what has worked in other cohousing neighborhoods to create community. The framing of the common house is close to being completed & we can walk into the space - I am awed by what a wonderful space it is. It is so much fun to watch the houses getting their colored siding (we turned over the choice of color to Chuck so we wouldn't end up with a group consensus of gray) & cedar shakes and look out the windows onto the gathering nodes. One other advantage of hiring cohousing experts is that their knowledge of the entire development process can help in areas where you might not anticipate it, for example, with the city permitting process. Katie & Chuck have gone far beyond being architects in our project. They have consulted and advised us in many diverse areas - everything from getting city permits to a realistic look at what kind of houses we could afford to figuring out a development strategy to what kind of space would work for kids. We started our project with a "we can do it ourselves mentality," but I don't know anyone in the group who isn't grateful that we got "cohousing experts" to help us with our project. Kate N. Nichols
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