Our current project is Prairie Spruce Commons Cohousing in Regina, Saskatchewan, the first cohousing community in Regina. The rendering above is the final design.
Part of cohousing philosophy and design is to be more ecologically sustainable. By designing smaller private units and sharing common space and amenities we can reduce, among other things, our consumption of construction materials and energy for heating and cooling. Because cohousing is resident designed, the final product typically reflects the values of the community members. It also reflects the site on which it is located.
During several workshops with the architects and consultants we defined our values and desires for our home. Our desire to maximize natural light and have access to green space is reflected in the initial schematic design. This current design includes 27 private units, with full kitchens, varying in size from small bachelor suites to 2.5 bedroom suites. All units are flat apartment style. The shared common space for community activities currently includes – a large common kitchen and dining room, workshop, children’s playroom, media/TV room, lounge, exercise room, office, sewing/craft room, common laundry, two guest rooms, garden space and outdoor terraces.
Prairie Spruce Commons is a cohousing community committed to building an apartment-style condominium intentionally designed to use resources wisely and to encourage cooperation as well as friendly interaction among residents and neighbors, individuals and families. This inclusive, safe and authentic community is one that respects, shares & cares.