A Common House is the centre of any cohousing project, providing a focus for community life and a social hub for both residents and visitors. The Common House at Hazelmead will give us a shared place to meet, eat together, work and play, as well as being a centre for activities and workshops for residents and the wider community.
The Common House will be available for hire by outside groups, offering a hall suitable for large meetings, workshops, classes such as yoga and creative activities, and for music and dance. The hall will also be used for social gatherings and as a dining room for shared meals cooked in the catering-size kitchen, which is such an important part of living in cohousing.
The smaller room will create space to socialise, play, hold smaller meetings and watch films. There will be an office for daily administrative purposes and providing workspaces for residents who work remotely. The community laundry will also be situated in the Common House. This will reduce the need for every household to have a washing machine and be another place to meet informally.
“If the single-family house was designed to spread people out across the landscape, then the Common House is designed to bring them back together. And if it seems that the single-family house was designed to consume energy, time and money, then the Common House can be seen as a way of conserving them all.’’Kathryn McCamant and Charles Durrett
Unfortunately, many cohousing groups, including BC, find themselves in the position of having to find a creative solution to pay for this vital building because it is not eligible, unlike the residential houses, for grants. This is why we are reaching out to the community for their support via our community share offer.