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Multigenerational by Design

Nora is very familiar with the Prairie Spruce Commons LEGO house. The LEGO house is child friendly, and the real Prairie Spruce Commons will be even more child friendly. At our 5th Design Workshop (March 21st) with our architects Pattison MGM, we reiterated the importance of child-friendly spaces in our design. With the help of architect Chris Kailing and architectural technologist Weston Dennis, we recommended ways to reconfigure the common dining room and lounge space to ensure we have a play space for kids  on the main floor.
Prairie Spruce is bike friendly
At our March 21st Design Workshop with Pattison MGM we recommended changes to the design of the entrance of our building so guests who arrive by bicycle can easily park their bikes indoors.
PUTTING DOWN ROOTS
Design Magic Happened
By Chris ScottHanson of
Connexus Cohousing Collaborative

Almost one year ago the design schematics for the Prairie Spruce Commons project were completed. All the participants thought that it was a great design.  The architects, Pattison MGM, did a wonderful job.  There was great excitement about the big, beautiful common house - a key feature of the project.

Over the past winter, the group of families who currently make up the Prairie Spruce Commons community had an opportunity to reconsider some of their assumptions that had been part of the original design.

We are in the initial stages of the construction documents, and on March 21, 2015 Pattison MGM conducted the fifth workshop with the Prairie Spruce Commons community. Participants asked questions about possible adjustments to the plans. The focus was on the common house kitchen, the children's play area, and the designated adult lounge. Design magic happened during that workshop. In the big picture not much was really changed, but the little changes that were made will significantly improve the design and usability of the spaces.  It was an extraordinary process with remarkable results.

The revised designs will be available soon. Please drop into the Information Centre or visit our web site to learn about the revisions.

 

Pattison MGM provided this 3D image of the levels of Prairie Spruce Commons. The designs are helping us imagine the future in these beautifully designed spaces.
THE COMMONS
Why We Will Be Happier
in a Smaller Home

by Lill Lareau
Downsizing from our home to our Prairie Spruce condo is sometimes overwhelming to think of. I ask “where will we put all of our stuff?” I have been paying attention to information that explains limiting my house size to what I need versus the culture of “buy as much and as big as possible.” My research has given me a better understanding of how I will be happier in a smaller home.

Some reasons are: It takes less time to clean and maintain your home, and that should be reason enough to say smaller is just fine!  Smaller homes are less expensive to furnish; as well, there is less expense for insurance, taxes, heating and electricity.

The articles I have been reading say living smaller encourages family bonding and offers less temptation to accumulate things that you don’t need, thus avoiding clutter.  As is the case with all of our possessions the more we own the more they own us. Buying smaller homes helps us to be mentally free.

The various articles I've read say that with more time and fewer expenses more people are choosing to purchase and live in smaller spaces. This gives me comfort in my choice of being part of the Prairie Spruce community. And, of course, my Prairie Spruce condo comes with 4000 square feet of common space that includes two guest rooms, a workshop, a craft room, a dining room that can seat more than 30 guests, several terraces, a common garden, underground parking, and so much more.
COMING EVENTS
Prairie Spruce
Information Centre Open

1641 Badham Blvd., next to the Naked Bean coffee shop
(corner of Broad St. & Badham Blvd.)
 Saturdays and Sundays
1 to 4 p.m.

Or by appointment, email:

Prairie Spruce Commons
or phone (Dave) 306-586-1363
Curling Blender Saturday April 11th
6:00 p.m.

Tartan Curling Club
1464 Broadway Avenue

Grab your brooms and sweep … join us at our inaugural Prairie Spruce Commons curling season bl-Ender!

The end of the curling season is fast approaching and we wanted to take the opportunity to get together for a social, in the form of a curling “Blender”. Come with friends or come and make new friends.  Games are four ends, the score doesn’t matter, rules are optional - fun is mandatory! Ten dollars per person includes ice time, live music and a free beer.

Members of the Prairie Spruce Commons community will be there to have fun and support our future neighbourhood curling rink. We would love to meet you.
Come see if cohousing might be for you

Information Event


Monday, April 13th
The United Way, 1440 Scarth Street
7:00 p.m. doors open
7:15 p.m. presentation of cohousing and Prairie Spruce project
7:45 p.m. community members introduce themselves and their journey to becoming members of the Prairie Spruce cCommunity.
8:15 p.m. Q & A
SHOUT
OUT!
Thank you to Laurie Gillies, Nature’s Best, and Joanne Mortensen for items donated for the gift basket draw at the Regina Teacher’s Convention and Trade Show, March 6th.
Thank you to Dave Lareau along with Chris Kailing, Architect and newest Partner at MGM Pattison Architecture, for representing Prairie Spruce so eloquently on Access Communication “Talk of the Town”.
We are delighted to welcome our 14th household to Prairie Spruce Commons.

This puts us at 52% sold. If you are considering your future in Prairie Spruce Commons, please contact us so we can show you which units are still available for you.
CONSIDER YOUR FUTURE IN PRAIRIE SPRUCE COMMONS
 
We look forward to growing this vibrant community with you!
 

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