Private Home Design Workshop

Private Home Design Workshop

Announcing a Private Home Design Workshop led by Charles Durrett!

Design a home that supports your individual needs and preferences, while also being part of a collaborative community? Join us for our two-day where we will be designing the apartments.

Imagine living in a 30 unit strata complex, thoughtfully designed to foster a sense of togetherness. Our spacious apartments feature all the comforts of traditional style living, including a kitchen, living room, dining room, and laundry facilities. However, what sets us apart is our ample shared spaces that serve as the heart of our community.

Experience the joy of shared dinners in our inviting common dining room, where residents gather to break bread and forge lifelong connections. Your kids will love the dedicated playroom, a place for them to explore, create, and make lasting friendships. And for those with a green thumb, our community gardens provide the perfect space to cultivate plants and share gardening tips.

At East Van Cohousing, we believe in the power of connection. Our shared spaces are designed to facilitate meaningful interactions, allowing residents to truly connect as a community. Whether it's engaging in lively conversations over meals, organizing events, or simply sharing a cup of coffee, you'll find endless opportunities to forge friendships and create memories.

The fee for the workshop is on a sliding scale from $600 to $1800, depending on your ability to pay. If you proceed with the project will count as double towards a future share purchase in the East Van Cohousing community. This workshop is an excellent opportunity to support the development of a new cohousing community and invest in your future home.

During this workshop, the group will put into groups by the number of bedrooms they want.  Each subgroup by bedroom size (1, 2, 3 and 4, etc) will develop design criteria for their unit as a group.  This helps the community create homes that meet their needs, while keeping the costs of construction down by minimizing the number of different floor plans.

In the past, this groupwork can sometimes take longer than a two day weekend, so please reserve Monday as well, in the event that this extra time is needed.  It is critical to the project to take the time to do this right.

The common house (shared) facilities will be known by this workshop, and in cohousing we measure success partly by the most people hours possible in the shared spaces.  These are spaces to live in, to be a community in, and to supplement your private apartment.  This can help the group in designing private spaces efficiently and more affordably.

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Childcare is available at the workshop, please let us know if you would like to take us up on this service.

It is recommended that you attend an "All About Cohousing" zoom call before this workshop, and read the project binder that includes the process that we are following for building our cohousing, and the decisions that we had made so far.

We are building a custom multigenerational vibrant community, not brick by brick, but decision by decision.

This cohousing community initiative is supported by the Amisto Cohousing Society.

Date & Time
Saturday July 15, 2023
Start - 9:00 AM (America/Vancouver)
Sunday July 16, 2023
End - 5:00 PM (America/Vancouver)

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