Re: How are your great room and kitchen connected
From: Donna F (
Date: Wed, 12 Mar 2008 13:37:18 -0700 (PDT)
Sounds cool, Craig.

Speaking of gathering solutions like this somewhere on the website, we could have a hall of fame for projects large and small that celebrate ingenuity and the collaborative spirit that fuels it.

Let's see, what would we want? It would be great to have before and after photos, a description of the problem and its solution and of course, those scribbled plans and, of course, a photo of the grinning (or frowning) "figure-it-out folks". Send them to me if you're game. Anyone want to be the editor of our hall of fame? Let me know.

Donna Freiermuth
Cohousing Magazine
Date: Tue, 11 Mar 2008 11:38:50 -0700
From: "Craig Ragland" <craigragland [at]>
Subject: Re: [C-L]_ How are your great room and kitchen connected?
To: Cohousing-L <cohousing-l [at]>
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We're really pleased with our, according to code, "operable wall" - it
slides open and closed - and provides a quite sound-proof barrier for the larger opening. It only 
has a handle on one side and is heavy, both by design to discourages its use as a "sliding 
door."It has become something of a symbol to close the wall and generally only used with some 
intention - for example, we close it when we celebrate residents' birthdays by asking our 
traditional "birthday questions" - then we open it as the special,by-request deserts are 
brought to singing and blowing out the candles (we had our first monthly birthdays, just last night)
Our wall wasn't rocket science, but it sure was a nice juicy project for our 
community figure-it-out folks (two architects, one engineer, and one Mr. Fix-it 
guy). They puttered around with different designs and it was entirely a 
do-it-yourself project that used two heavy, solid-core doors as the wall.

My hope is that these types of innovations find their way onto the Cohousing 
Website, but that will require more people to jump into the fray and help us 
transform it into a more valuable resource.


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