The Land Where We (Will*) Live
River Song Cohousing is currently in the magical moment between Becoming and Being, between Planning and Action, between a Great Idea and Reality. We have a construction site, architectural designs, and permits. In a few weeks we will be breaking ground and building paradise: 28 beautiful family units plus a Common House, enclosed walkways, a community garden, and parking structures.
Aerial flyover of the undeveloped property
Site Map with Some Additions
Parking is on the periphery of our property, a common house in the middle, individually owned homes close enough to promote interaction, a garden, meandering paths, and private backyards.
Virtual tour of finished site
Take a tour of how we decided on the layout of the site.
The Houses We (Will*) Live In
The Common House
Take a tour of our common house design, it’s the result of a 3-day workshop and many wonderful ideas. This is the heart of the community. A vibrant common house really matters so we put a lot of energy into designing something that really works.
Don’t forget about the individual homes, and we have five floor plans. Typical cohousers want to know their neighbors and share resources, but they still want to own their very own homes, complete with kitchens.
Our Private Home Workshop progressed the design process along. We chose goals as a group and then designed our individual units by grouping with households with the same unit type. We then produced a program that Charles Durrett used to design the individual units. This is an excerpt from the program.
In western terms, house areas come in three types: functional (living room, kitchen, etc.), circulation (hallways) and access (an area, say, in front of a bookshelf). In open floor plans, rooms often have all three characteristics — making them feel more gracious. An open floor plan saves space by creating areas that can have multiple uses. Spaces for circulation may be used for gathering and activities may be expanded to other “rooms”.
Outdoor spaces, like the front porch and windows between indoor and outdoor space, help small, interior rooms feel larger than they really are. Moveable furniture can be used to create semi-separate open spaces.
The kitchen, dining and living room are to be open and easy to communicate between. It is the ability to “borrow” space from the adjacent room(s) that makes smaller spaces feel more generous. Various methods can then be used to personalize and create hierarchy within the open plan. Rugs provide no physical separation but significant visual differentiation. Furniture will start to separate the space physically. Floor-to-ceiling casework can be used to close off an area almost completely. Custom woodwork can warm up any environment — even an already warm one! The all-room provides maximum flexibility for a diverse range of personal styles and uses.
* Expected construction completion in 2022.