Re: Common House
From: Diana Carroll (
Date: Thu, 3 Mar 2011 13:34:56 -0800 (PST)
I love the wood floors in out dining room.  The noise issue we addressed by
designing the room with sound absorbing panels in the ceiling.  It's VERY much so that when we have concerts or singing events in the
dining room, we have to sing or play EXTRA LOUD lest the sound get swallowed

I can't imagine carpet in a dining room.  ew.

All our rooms have different flooring types:
- living room, hallways and guest rooms have polished and stained concrete.
Pretty, but cold and loud.  A throw rug helps offset that.
- play rooms, marmoleum.  I'd much prefer wood but that was too expensive.
Marmoleum is fine, I guess.  No one loves it, but I don't think anyone hates
it either.

Diana (Mosaic Commons)

On Thu, Mar 3, 2011 at 4:21 PM, Holly McNutt <holly.mcnutt [at]> 

> On the subject of Common House design, I am curious to know what type of
> FLOORING your Common Houses have in the main areas where people gather,
>  dining/living room space.  We have carpet in the DR and some of us would
> like to replace with something else, like wood or marmoleum.  Some people
> feel a hard surface floor is too noisy where people gather, and others feel
> that carpet where people eat is not very hygenic, not to mention less
> attractive.  I've seen photos of lots of CH's with lovely wood floors and
> frankly, I am jealous!  Can anyone offer any useful input on this? It's been
> a hot topic here and will no doubt come around again.  - Holly at Nyland
> On Mar 3, 2011, at 10:15 AM, Sally Thompson wrote:
> >
> > Adding to that discussion is a comment to see what others think.  I
> believe in having more than one use for each room, and one thing I would do
> is to put a sofa bed in each guest room so that the rooms can be used for
> small
> > gatherings such as to watch a football game or having a mending circle or
> a small committee meeting so that small gatherings need not monopolize the
> larger spaces, and the guest rooms are in use when not in use as a guest
> room!  Do any common houses have sofa beds?  You could even have the
> equivalent of twin beds with a small sofa or large chair that can open out
> into a twin.  What do you think?  What other dual purpose rooms can you
> suggest to save square footage?
> >
> > Sally Thompson
> > Harmony Green Village
> > Delaware County, PA
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