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.