|Re: Common amenities usage and square footage allocations||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Ann Zabaldo (zabaldoearthlink.net)|
|Date: Mon, 24 May 2021 14:45:53 -0700 (PDT)|
Delighted you were able to find Rebecca’s study. Since you didn’t get a bounce back, that email she included is likely not checked often — if at all. Very wise not including unreachable windows in your CH. I applaud your wisdom and wonder to this day if there was something in the water when we approved this feature for our CH … Let us know how your conversations w/ the architect evolve. Buona Fortuna! Best — Ann Zabaldo Takoma Village Cohousing Washington, DC Ex. Dir. & Mbr. Board of Directors Mid Atlantic Cohousing Principal, Cohousing Collaborative, LLC Falls Church, VA 202.546.4654 zabaldo [at] earthlink.net Employment application blanks always ask who is to be called in case of an emergency. I think you should write, "An ambulance." NOTE: I’m switching back to using zabaldo [at] earthlink.net. Many apologies! > On May 24, 2021, at 5:32 PM, Janey Harper <jkharper [at] telus.net> wrote: > > Hi Ann, > > > > Thank you so much for all your info. I'm pleased to say that we are not > planning for any unreachable windows :) > > I sent an email to Rebecca, and even though I have yet to receive an answer > from her, I found her study of CH usage to be very useful. > > > > With responses from several architects and many community residents, II am > now well-armed for discussions with our architect. > > > > Janey > > > > Janey ?pasted into this email is the summary from a study of CH usage by > Rebecca Disbrow in 2011. I don?t have the full study. I believe she found > the CH to be unused most of the time (people are at work during the day) it > gets most of its use from dinners, meetings, tv watching but most of the > time it?s empty. I always thought renting out our space for small workshops > during daytime hours would be a good synergistic use but some folks believe > the liability is too much. Someone connected w/ the Cohousing Research > Network may have the full study. > > > > In addition to CH ?use" I would also consider CH cleaning, maintenance and > repair. We have a lovely CH at Takoma Village in Washington, DC. BIG 2 > story height DR, Sun room, fireplace area. We have to hire a cheery picker > to clean the lights in the main DR. > > > > Windows are wonderful. They let in lots of light plus you can see folks > outside and the folks outside can see who is in the CH. We love our > windows. But they are a b - - - h to clean. I know because as a power > wheelchair user, I wash the lower 2/3rds of them on Workdays. There are > whole sets of them I cannot access. And it still takes me over an hour to > wash the ones I can reach. Another neighbor does the upper part of the > windows and doors I clean plus all the ones I can?t reach. Some of them are > simply inaccessible because they are at the top of the 2nd story open space. > Thankfully we only clean those when the cheery picker shows up. All the > double hung windows have screens which we haven?t washed in ? I don?t know > if they?ve ever been washed. And don?t forget ? windows and glass doors have > to be washed inside and outside. Two glass doors = 4 surfaces. Plus > outside the CH we have 4 fire doors w/ glass framed in the majority of the > door surface. > > > > I tried to write up an inventory of doors and windows and gave up. So I > inventoried just 4 areas and came up w/ this: in the entrance to the CH, > the workshop, the Tween Room and Sun room I count 4 doors w/ sidelights, 21 > double hung windows ? the does not include the exterior facing windows of > the workshop which I estimate is another 5-7 windows. Plus because we are > in a historic preservation area all doors facing out to the street have to > maintain historic requirements. This means our out facing doors are divided > into 15 smaller squares on both sides of the door. Three of the 4 doors are > divided like this. I can understand why the out facing doors have this > configuration but some of the interior doors not visible to the outside are > also configured like this. AND also required by historic preservation ? > just to make life very interesting ? the upper half of the double hung > windows are divided into 6 squares. > > > > Every month when I clean these windows I think living in a cave has some > advantages ? > > > > When designing your CH and any other structures think carefully about who is > going to clean, maintain and repair your facilities. > > > > See Rebecca?s summary of her study below my signature block. It?s in plain > text. This means some formatting is missing. I think you can still figure > it out. Hope you find it useful for your needs, Janey. Again, maybe > someone connected w/ CRN has a copy of the full study. > > > > Best ? > > > > Ann Zabaldo > > Takoma Village Cohousing > > Washington, DC > > Ex. Dir. & Mbr. Board of Directors > > Mid Atlantic Cohousing > > Principal, Cohousing Collaborative, LLC > > Falls Church, VA > > 202.546.4654 > > zabaldo [at] earthlink.net <mailto:zabaldo [at] earthlink.net> > > > > _________________________________________________________________ > Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at: > http://L.cohousing.org/info > > >
Common amenities usage and square footage allocations Janey Harper, May 24 2021
- Re: Common amenities usage and square footage allocations Ann Zabaldo, May 24 2021
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