Tag: Design


Design Process WebChat

In her recent WebChat, architect Laura Fitch reviewed her Intensive Workshop process for helping future residents design their cohousing communities. The weekend-long workshops (one each for site, common house, units and eco-programming) include information and decision-making about elements of design as well as expertise in consensus or sociocracy.  Community members participate in the desig

Common House Design Patterns

One way to think about the design of a common house is to consider design patterns as Grace Kim does in a series of blog posts on the Schemata Workshop blog.  Her description of the series is below:  This series of blog posts is focused on explaining common design patterns in cohousing. Grace Kim, a... Rea

WebChat #24 Cohousing Design

Chuck Durrett, who along with Katie McCamant, brought cohousing to the US, joined us for a WebChat on cohousing design and the process he uses to design a community. The theme of the evening was “If it doesn’t work socially, why bother?” Chuck began by sharing his earliest awareness of cohousing, as a young architect... Read More

WebChat #15 Acoustics in the Common House

Last week’s webchat with architect Grace Kim was full of useful information. Whether you are already using your common house or are in the design phase, taking time to think about acoustics and learning how to make them work well will add enjoyment and possibly participation to your common meals and other events. Grace offers... Read More

WebChat #10 with Laura Fitch

For our 10th WebChat, Architect Laura Fitch walked us through the process her home community, Pioneer Valley Cohousing, uses for Design Review. In other words, how the community considers requests from members to make changes to the exterior of their homes. Pioneer Valley’s detailed policy has developed over many years of trial and error. In... Read More

WebChat #8 Katie McCamant

Hiring Professionals to Get Your Community Built WebChat #8 brought one of the most experienced cohousing professionals in the US to us for a discussion of facilitators and architects and attorneys – oh my! Katie guided us through the usual process for creating cohousing, including common pitfalls for communities. She covered who to hire and... Read More

Kids Shared Spaces

Don’t Let Your Kids Space Become an Afterthought! Wild Sage had some cool things in our kids space, we took a small plain square room and built a loft, we added an old library ladder to access it, we painted each wall a different color and painted sparkly clouds on the ceiling…but is it really... Read More

An Impulse to Connect

I sit here on the Pacific Coast of Mexico watching the sea awaken in the soft pastels of the changing morning light of sunrise. The waves, stirred by a night of winds from the north rise and fall, then crash into transformative white foam, obscuring the boulders that define our boundary between land and sea.... Rea

Registration is Open for Colorado Regional Conference

The 2018 Boulder CO Regional Cohousing Conference holds the keys to creating a highly functioning cohousing community. There is something for everyone – those exploring the idea, newly forming groups or existing communities. For Newly Forming Communities: You will learn how to get started, meet the people who can help make it happen, and discover... Read More

Equipment Care and Storage

Communities designing their common houses often ask about what they will need. What do people really use? What kind of storage is needed and what will go in it? Is an office necessary and for what? They don’t know about storage for 8 snow shovels or 6 different kinds of brooms and mops. When our... Read More