|RE: Common House Laundry||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Douglas G. Larson (ddhleearthlink.net)|
|Date: Tue, 6 Dec 2005 21:38:52 -0800 (PST)|
Here are our responses 1) How many common machines do you have, how many households do you have in your community? ---- 2 sets of commerical washers/dryers and 1 residential washer/dryer set. We have 13 households plus the common house itself would bring it to 14. 2) Does it seem like too many or too few washing machines? ---- It seems to be about right. We have a sign-up system for people to do laundry to help manage the resource. There are idle times during the week. 3) If you had to choose between adding a laundry room and only having a single entrance to your kitchen area and smaller pantry versus no laundry room and a walk through kitchen area (basically an island/counter where you can have people going in one side and going out the other) and a larger pantry, which would you choose and why? ---- Well I wouldn't have a common house kitchen with only one entry but neither would I make the kitchen be a main traffic pathway. As for the pantry, I wouldn't skimp there either but it also depends on how much space is being considered and the number of people the kitchen is intended to serve for common meals. We have two pantries, a large one in another building about 20 yards from the common house and the smaller, but still adequate, next to the kitchen in the common house itself. I am not necessarily reccommending two pantries but the arrangement works well for us. Frankly I wouldn't want either the laundry or the kitchen to impact the other. I would go to the architect and demand that both be designed with a sufficient size, entries, exits and layout. Redesign a portion of the common house, if necessary, to allow that. 4) Rate on a scale of 1 to 5 the following aspects of a common laundry: (5 is high) a) Helps the environment (shared resource) ---- 5 b) Encourages community ---- 3 c) saves space in your units because you don't need to purchase machines ---- 4 d) Helps the lower income members who would not afford machines in their unit ----1 Finally, help me brainstorm any other aspects of importance I can use to survey our membership so we can create a decision matrix. ---- ----1. Space ought to be used efficiently in the laundry. We chose commercial stackable machines to save space (i.e. the dryer stacks on top of the washer - Speed Queen brand). ----2. Adequate and easy egress should be designed into the laundry. Consider that people may well be carrying large baskets of clothing or rolling small carts with laundry in them. You want to not have any impediments to carts and pedestrian access. ----3. I think that the laundry and kitchen ought not to have a common entry. It seems the traffic conflict with these two different uses might be considerable. ----4. Consider having storage for cleansers. We use a common shelf right next to the machines where every household keeps their detergents. The jugs have unit numbers written with markers on them. We buy detergent in bulk (just one brand and type) and each household then buys what they need from the common "store". ----5. Since we have our guest rooms right next to our laundry area we have quiet times (9pm - 8am) when laundry isn't allowed when the guest rooms are in use. Douglas Larson, Songaia Cohousing
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