Dining Room

The dining room may be the most versatile of common house spaces. In addition to  being the location for common meals the dining room is typically used for a wide variety of activities, including meetings, educational events, parties, casual conversation, and recreational activities like music, yoga and board games.


Large kitchens are designed for preparing common meals for large groups. These spaces are also used for individual large cooking projects, the use of guest room occupants, projects like wine making and cooking classes.


Often nearby the dining room for easy supervision, a kids’ room or playroom allows the youngest members of the community to enjoy one another in a space designed to meet their particular needs.

Living Room

Most common houses have a cozy seating area that may be called a living room. The size and furnishings of this space vary greatly from one to another.

Guest Rooms

Cohousing communities welcome guests without making space for them in each individual home. A typical guest room has basic accommodations, including bedding, towels, a shared bathroom with shower and access to other parts of the common house.

Other Spaces

There is a great deal of variety in how communities use the space they share. While most include the areas above, many other types of use are also common, including classrooms, exercise rooms, sun rooms, craft rooms, media rooms, and more.