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Unit pricing and availability are subject to change. Note that listed prices reflect full unit pricing (including common space, underground parking & gardens) but do not include GST. Unit Plans are of a typical unit. Square footages below do not include household unit shares in the greater than 3,000 square feet of common amenity space.
Part of cohousing philosophy and building 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.
Over the course of several workshops with our architectural and consultant teams, we defined our values and desires for our homes and community. Our desire to maximize natural light and have access to green space is reflected in the initial schematic design.
The Building Design as Planned
The design includes 21 private units, with full kitchens, varying in size from micro-penthouse suites to 2.5 bedroom suites.
The shared common space for community activities includes a large common kitchen and dining room, workshop, children’s playroom, lounge, exercise area, common laundry, two guest rooms, plus outdoor garden space and terraces.
Seeking Creative Housing Options
Our story begins in the spring of 2011, a group of people who recognized the value of community in their own lives and its benefits to the surrounding neighbourhood started looking at creative options for housing in Regina. On the suggestion of a local community organization, they met to discuss the cohousing concept and learned about a cohousing project that was being developed in Saskatoon. Two members of Wolf Willow Cohousing in Saskatoon were invited to speak at a later meeting in Regina. Following this meeting, discussions about cohousing began. Monthly meetings were held, community representatives were consulted, a mission statement was drafted, and information about the project was circulated through the wider community.
On December 12, 2011, Sheila Coles interviewed two members on CBC’s The Morning Edition. Many people who heard the interview attended the regular meeting that took place that evening. Enthusiasm grew, and the word spread.
The January 2012 meeting was pivotal. Twenty-seven people attended, several of whom now form the core of the present group. Plans were made to invite a cohousing consultant to Regina. The group also agreed to implement a social element in the form of potluck suppers before general meetings.
Prairie Spruce: What’s in a Name?
As part of our original visioning exercise, we drew pictures of people, sketched out homes and a spruce tree. Later, the group looked back on these pictures for inspiration for a name. The spruce tree “struck a chord” with the group. Spruce trees stay green and look alive year round. Also “green” can be associated with the sustainable green building aspect. Prairie seemed appropriate to help identify the location of the cohousing development. Commons refers to the cultural and natural resources accessible to all members of a society, including natural materials such as air, water, and a habitable earth. Thus Prairie Spruce Commons. Our story had a name.
Getting it Built
In May 2012, a weekend “Getting Your Community Built” workshop was held. Regular monthly potlucks and meetings continued through the next year. Committees were formed to build community, deal with legal and financial issues, search for land, and explore design ideas. By the end of the year, our name was registered and the incorporation process was underway.
Project managers Chris ScottHanson (author of The Cohousing Handbook) and Jasen Robillard of Connexus Cohousing Collaborative were contracted in June 2013 and given the task of finding land. We are currently working with Regina architects Pattison MGM and developer Fiorante Homes and Commercial Ltd.
A sense of rapport, spirit and hope continues to grow among project members in 2016 as we share meals and collaborate on final design details.
Cohousing is for me because I have always wanted to live in intentional community living lightly on the earth. – Faye Huggins