Re: great rooms and ommon house spaces
From: Sandy Thomson (
Date: Sat, 17 Dec 2005 07:46:04 -0800 (PST)
Here at Heartwood we use our dining room for big meetings. It has cork floors, wood beams, acoustic ceiling tiles and nice windows. It works great for big meetings. All we do is move the tables to the side or out. We have a small hearth room that works great for small meetings. You definitely want a nice place to have a small meeting as well. Lots of team meetings happen in the hearth room just after or during a common meal.


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For our great room/dining room, we are grappling with whether we should retrofit (or build new) for one large (1000sf+) room or utilize 3 existing, contiguous rooms/alcoves that could be used separately. Is the size of your great room a good fit for your community? How is it used and is that size
dependent?  Do you wish it were smaller or larger?

I don't live in cohousing but i work a lot with cohousing groups and have spent time in many a common house. As a traveling meeting facilitator, i'd
like to put in a plug for having one room in your place that is large
enough for nearly all the adults to sit in a big open circle, and all be
able to see each other (without doubling up, and without furniture in the
middle).  It seems like many architects don't think much about meetings,
but it's one of the main uses of a great room, a basic community function
like meals.



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