Re: Common house design
From: Emilie Parker (
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 13:31:46 -0700 (PDT)
We'll soon be doing workshops to get member input on common house design at
Louisville Artists Cohousing.  In building a common house from scratch how
do you define in key words what outcome your looking for in good common
house acoustics?

Emilie Parker
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On Thu, May 21, 2015 at 11:53 AM, David Heimann <heimann [at]>

> Hi Tom,
>         An "affirmative echo" to your comment on acoustics.  At Jamaica
> Plain Cohousing we have just completed a round of capital improvements,
> around ten years after moving in.  One of these has been to improve the
> acoustics in the Great Room.  The work was quite involved, expensive,
> required professional consulting and project work, and should have been
> done while we were originally constructing our community.  That being said,
> the results are wonderful!  Virtually all the echos have vanished, we can
> understand each other much better in meetings and social occasions, and
> some who have hearing problems can now participate in discussions even when
> the room is crowded.
>         To paraphrase a common aphorism:  When is the best time to make
> sure you have good common house acoustics?  Before construction.  When is
> the second-best time to make sure you have good common house acoustics?
> Right now.
> Regards,
> David Heimann
> Jamaica Plain Cohousing
> Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 02:51:36 +0000
> From: Thomas Lofft <tlofft [at]>
> To: Cohousing Network-L <cohousing-l [at]>
> Subject: [C-L]_ Common house design
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> Grace Kim <grace [at]>
> wrote:
> "Whether you are a community that has been built for many years, or a new
> community in the midst of the design process, I personally invite you to
> attend my pre-conference workshop on common house design.
> "I will share best practices and photos of common houses from around the
> world; describe common pitfalls; and simulate a programming workshop. You
> can even bring a floor plan of your current dominoes for review and comment.
> "The national conference is a little more than a week away. Sign up now!
> grace h. kim
> schemata workshop"
> Grace: If there is one major, universal shortcoming of every common house
> in which I have visited, it is acoustic control shortfall. Rather than
> continuously trying to deal with corrections after the fact, are there
> appropriate design details for precluding the problem?
> Tom Lofft
> Liberty Village, MD
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