|Re: commonhouse design||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: MWorswick (MWorswickaol.com)|
|Date: Fri, 24 May 2002 06:37:01 -0600 (MDT)|
Hi Meryl, I'm the "Matt" that Ann referred to (thanks Ann!) at Harmony Village in Golden CO. The full version is Matt Worswick of Synergy Design (wasn't the previous S. Florida group called Synergy?), a specialist in sustainable residential design and cohousing communities. Although I keep a low profile in national coho circles, I've worked steadily in cohousing for the last ten years and designed, or co-designed, six communities here in Colorado. I completely agree with Ann that you hire an experienced cohousing designer. And I can certainly endorse all the others on her list. The designer can help guide your group through decisions on prioritizing spaces and room sizes. They will also be well versed in accoustic materials and separation issues. Often the cohousing design specialist can "hand-off" a good conceptual design to a local architect who can complete the plans for construction based on local building practices and code requirements. Be advised that there are some peculiarities in dealing with building codes when it comes to "mixed occupancy" buildings (in effect, mixing residential and commercial type uses). So, it's important that your designer(s) have experience with "fire separations" between occupancies (guest rooms and assembly rooms for example), handicap accessibilty regulations, and "commercial cooking appliance" regulations (for example, the requirement for a large, expensive, and noisy fire suppression hood over your range). In my experience in designing several common houses, the designer may have to go through a variance or appeal process with the local building code authority in order to avoid some of these requirements that are intended for commercial restuarants, etc. It's important to know which of these requirements are really inappropriate for your common house and are therefore worth fighting. I know there have been previous threads on this List about common house use and spaces, so I'd also recommend a search of the archives. Best of Luck, Matt Worswick Synergy Design (303) 278-1880 Resident of Harmony Village - where after 5 years, we are switching from a "team" structure of community maintenance to a "point person" structure, in the hopes of getting things done more efficiently. In a message dated 05/22/2002 11:01:48 AM Mountain Daylight Time, cohousing-l-request [at] cohousing.org writes: << Message: 9 From: "Ann Zabaldo" <zabaldo [at] earthlink.net> To: <cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org> Subject: Re: [C-L]_commonhouse design Date: Wed, 22 May 2002 11:41:23 -0400 Organization: Great Expectations Reply-To: cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org Meryl -- Well I'm totally delighted to see something happening in S.Florida! Congrats! Where exactly in S. Florida? For Common House design my strong suggestion is to hire an architect who has a track record in this. It will be the cheapest money you spend. And all those questions you have can be answered by the group in concert w/ the architect during the programming session. Bruce Coldham Architect The Cohousing Company Kraus Fitch Architects Plus the architect-- whose first name is Matt -- who did a masterful job on the Harmony Village CH in Golden CO. His name escapes me but he would be easy to find. And I'm sure there are other professionals working in cohousing that have experience in designing CH's. Have fun! And congrats again! Ann Zabaldo Takoma Village Cohousing Washington, DC. -- America's Hometown! zabaldo [at] earthlink.net >> _______________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list Cohousing-L [at] cohousing.org Unsubscribe and other info: http://www.communityforum.net/mailman/listinfo/cohousing-l
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