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A New Design for Our New Home

Whether with misgivings or anticipation, Prairie Spruce Commons members have looked forward for weeks to seeing the redesign plans for our future home.  On Saturday, October 24th, the plans were laid before us as we met with architect Chris Kailing and Pattison MGM representatives Weston Dennis and Hayley Pateman.  Our fears of losing essential elements of our new home disappeared as the team showed us their proposed redesign for the common areas.  The replanning meets our special needs. It was clear that they had listened well.

The kitchen design required only minor adjustment to accommodate the necessary change in position.  A unique feature will be the clear sight line across the dining room from the kitchen to the southwest window.

The dining room will seat 40, and we expect to accommodate double that for special events at Prairie Spruce.  The flood of natural light from the large southwest window will highlight the view of our yard and garden.  

Moving to the workshop in the underground parking level, we noted again the provision for natural light with lots of windows at ground level.  The shop space is generous and well designed.

The guest bedrooms are an important feature in most cohousing communities as they are a tangible statement of hospitality.  Our guest bedrooms will be on the third floor where there is space for each to have its private bathroom.  A spacious and inviting exercise area is planned for the second floor, accessible to both residents and guests. 

As in our own homes, the way we use common area space may evolve over time to meet future needs. Our new design takes this into consideration so that changes can be made when re-purposing is desired.  
Prairie Spruce Commons thanks Chris Kailing, Weston Dennis and Hayley Pateman for the care and understanding they have built into the redesigned plans for our future home.  Now they will turn to the construction drawings to be ready for the long-anticipated construction work expected to start in April 2016.

Cohousing Is All About Being Community

Community is an ongoing conversation and exchange where each of us take our place, do our part, and belong … if we are lucky. 

Community is also about the whole being greater than its parts and often holding trump.  (Maybe that's why we have the word Commons in our name.)

The Prairie Spruce Commons community decided this summer that we would scale back our building design, so that we can build sooner rather than later. This fall we have been working with our architect Chris Kailing (Pattison MGM)  to re-design our building. Now we are designing an 18 unit building, still with a wonderful and light-infused common house. We plan to  'bless the ground' where we will build in spring 2016, then start building.

Some of our community have been working at this dream for many years.  Others have come more recently. All of us are committed, and we are now starting to understand that the dream is becoming a reality. 

In November our community will take time for an intentional conversation to consider together our strengths, needs, and dreams … because being and becoming healthy community calls to us for these kinds of conversations.

Prairie Spruce Information
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Or phone (Dave)
Huge thank you to all who cooked, hosted, and participated in our Thanksgiving meal. The food was great and the conversation even better. It was great to visit with Chris and Joyce.

Cheesy Spaghetti Squash Casserole Recipe - Spry Living

Olive oil cooking spray
2 1/2 cups (1 lb) cooked spaghetti squash
1/2 cup sour cream
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

1.Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly spray a 1.5-quart baking dish with olive oil cooking spray.
2.Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish. 
3.Bake until browned, 40-45 minutes (it will smell wonderful!).
4.Allow to cool 10 minutes, then carefully cut into squares.
Cranberry Sauce
Bag of fresh cranberries.
Replace water with orange juice, 
Add sugar to taste (but less than the package suggests), 
and add orange zest.

Bring to a boil, then simmer. 
A very adaptable recipe.
Making Space To Begin Construction
We opened the Prairie Spruce Commons Sales Centre on February 16, 2015. We are now moving the sales trailer off the site to make way for construction to begin in the spring of 2016. If you are interested in learning about any of the four units that are still available in the redesigned 18 unit building,
please contact Dave Lareau at 306-586-1363
or email us at
We look forward to growing this vibrant community with you!

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