|Re: Design programs||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Berrins (Berrinsaol.com)|
|Date: Fri, 6 Apr 2001 23:02:02 -0600 (MDT)|
In a message dated 4/5/01 2:28:41 PM, becky_weaver [at] io.com writes: Programming the activities that are to take place within the Common House (CH) with the architects was probably the most important step we took. If your architects are willing to do this with you, then you can get this step done by yourselves. However, what activities you can actually afford to build for is much more complicated. It's difficult to know if you can afford the amount of space you need for all the activities you want to do until the builder prices it out, and for that you need rather specific design drawings, with the size of the building and large design elements, (eg, high ceilings). Outside architects can certainly do these drawings, and you can give them a lot of leeway in shaping and "styling" the building. But you'll need a price before you can move on to the next step. Once you get that price back, you will likely need to edit, and that takes community input, because at this point you may find your priorities shifting. The builder may have suggestions; these often involves details, like cheaper woods or a slab floor vs. a full basement. Some of these decisions you may be able to let an outside architect make (types of wood), others you will need to make yourself (basement or not). Sweat equity and framing for finishing rooms later will also save money and allow you to build a larger structure. These decisions will require input from the builder (how much you can save) and the members (how much work are we willing to do, and lets not forget anything we decide to do later will still cost money). Finally, you may decide to combine activities in some rooms to save money, but what goes with what? Very few of these decisions are "micromanagement." This is a highly simplified version of the process Pathways went through. The tweaking and shifting and cut offs and do-laters were some of the hardest decisions we made, but got us a wonderful, highly usable space that is the best anticipation of future use in a CH that we could afford. Plus, design decisions, including minor details (like which ceiling fan to get) can actually be fun, not to mention great community building exercises. How about developing a list of details you are willing to let go of and let the architect and builder hash these out budget-wise. Otherwise, I suggest you stay involved in the process. A design committee can do a lot of the set-up work for group discussions (get your architects on that one!). Roger Berman Pathways, Cohousing Northampton, MA. US << We are considering developing a thorough program document as a group, specifying our priorities, needs, budget, etc., then turning this document over to the architect and requesting him/her to make decisions about specifics. There will naturally still be plenty of communication between the group and the designers, but we are hoping this will allow group participation without danger of micromanagement. According to one of our architect/committee members, a thoughtfully developed program, followed by reasonably free rein, can allow an architect to meet the client's needs very creatively. In other words, we decide what, and the archtect decides how. >> _______________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list Cohousing-L [at] cohousing.org Unsubscribe info: http://www.communityforum.net/mailman/listinfo/cohousing-l
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