Re: Question on Design of your Common House
From: Lynn Nadeau / Maraiah (
Date: Tue, 1 Mar 2011 09:17:09 -0800 (PST)
RoseWind Cohousing, Port Townsend WA. Lot development model. Common House completed 2000.

We designed our CH ourselves, looking at many that were already built. We also did a lot of the work ourselves, including construction, plastering and stuccoing, tiling, painting, and woodwork finishing. We are 24 households, in fair-sized single-family homes. What we built -- what we could afford -- is about 2800 sq feet. It's essentially three 30x30 squares, arranged in an L shape. One square is the dining room/ great room. The crook of the L makes our south patio. No guest room.

The open kitchen is great, with a serving area to the dining room, a pass-through window for contact with the entry hall, and a pantry with back door to trash, compost, and recycling. The clean side/ dirty side kitchen layout, and two-level center island, works really well. Convection oven is right next to the tiled serving counter. Commercial slide-through sanitizer for dishwashing is wonderful. Our wooden floored dining/meeting room is very attractive and useful. Many windows, interior and exterior, give good visual connections.

If we'd had more money, we would have benefited from one more small room. We have a 15x30 rec room which is largely taken up by pingpong, and one 15x15 room that started as a well-equipped room for younger children. When we had a low number of kids that age, the room was snapped up by adults who were craving a heatable small room for watching videos, quiet dining, and small meetings, like committee meetings. It was a need that wasn't being met. Now we have more young kids, but the room has been transformed: we really could have used a room for each function.

I'll also put in a plug for our hallway from the foyer to the big room: it's lined on both sides with permanent-quality (Forbo) bulletin boards, with separate boards for Common House calendar, meal sign ups etc, another for meeting notes, another for community concerts and other announcements of local events, and still lots of room for photos and art work.

I"m glad to offer more detail if contacted directly.

Maraiah Lynn Nadeau
where we have spring flowers in bud, and two homes for sale

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