|Re: kitchen on public side||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Fred H Olson (fholsoncohousing.org)|
|Date: Sat, 27 Dec 2008 04:55:20 -0800 (PST)|
Dyan Wiley <dyanwiley [at] comcast.net> is the author of the message below. It was posted by Fred, the Cohousing-L list manager <fholson [at] cohousing.org> after deleting quoted digest. -------------------- FORWARDED MESSAGE FOLLOWS -------------------- I don't agree with the notion that kitchens need to be visually connected to the community path and it isn't even practical in many cases. There are several other considerations to arranging a floor plan than just facing the "public" part of your home to community path. In my case, I put a bedroom and bathroom (it has no windows) on the "community side" of my house and the kitchen and living room on the side facing out to the woods which is also the side facing south.. That's because I wanted solar gain in the daytime spaces of my small unit. Also my entrance is actually on the side of the house - not directly on the community path. If I had to switch the floor plan, my bedroom and bathroom, would get the solar gain, the living room and kitchen would be on the cold side of the house and the entrance would still be on the side of the house. My porch is where I choose to interact with my neighbors. I get plenty of community in other activities and I deal with lots of people every day through my work and volunteer activities so I enjoy the bit of privacy my arrangement gives me. I didn't feel the need to orient my house to get even more interaction. That's what community meals, work days, committee assignments, and giving and receiving favors/help to/from my neighbors are for - to have community a heartbeat away. Dyan Pioneer Valley Cohousing Amherst
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