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Our Next Design Workshop: June 20

Prairie Spruce members and potential members in a community design meeting with an architect.
Prairie Spruce members and potential members in a community design meeting with an architect.

In March and April 2015 Prairie Spruce Commons members met with Chris Kailing, our architect from Pattison MGM, to consider final adjustments to our building design. It was once again magical to watch Chris move rooms and spaces. Here’s just one example of how Chris used feedback from the community to improve our design.

Chris used the layout of one of the one-bedroom plus den units as a base then applied transparent overlays to sketch out the revised concept for the two-bedroom units. In essence he removed the hallway area near the bedrooms in the original design and leveraged the found space into a larger kitchen area, more closet space and a second full bath, instead of the half bath. That put a bedroom on each side of the unit, with the kitchen and living area in the middle of the unit.

The existing two-bedroom unit holders, and the entire community, are extremely pleased with the new design and the design process as a whole. A word of encouragement for any would-be two-bedroom buyers: there is only one two-bedroom unit still available to purchase, so act quickly!

With the success of our past Design Workshops with Pattison MGM, the Prairie Spruce community is also very much looking forward to the next Design Workshop scheduled for June 20. At this workshop, our architects will be reviewing progress to date on the construction drawings, presenting 3D images of the building interiors, as well as initiating discussion about common house and private unit finishes (for example, millwork and cabinetry).

Are you considering joining the community or getting an in-depth look at the building design? This is the perfect opportunity for getting all your critical questions answered while also getting to know your future neighbours. If the workshop is of interest, get in touch and we’ll fill you in on the workshop details.

Dave

Our Story

 

Prairie Spruce Summer BBQ
Summer BBQ

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

Construction Partners and Memberships

Prairie Spruce Commons is Regina’s first multi-generational cohousing community. We are committed to creating a beautiful, sustainable, apartment-style green building, with abundant common spaces. The building is intentionally designed to use resources wisely and to encourage cooperation as well as friendly interaction among residents and neighbours, individuals and families.

This multi-generational community is committed to inclusiveness, caring, and sharing, while respecting privacy.

Construction Partners and Memberships

Our Professional Partners

Connexus Cohousing Collaborative. Community organization and Project Management – Jasen Robillard and Chris ScottHanson

Pattison MGM Architectural Services Ltd. Local firm has designed many Regina landmarks and brings unique cohousing skills.

Beetle Green Consulting & Education. Community development and “green” buildings

Fiorante Homes and Commercial Ltd. experienced and respected Regina home builder

Associate Memberships

Associate Members are exploring the possibility of becoming equity members and living in and being a participant in the life and growth of Prairie Spruce Commons.  A community member “buddy” will be available to answer questions.  Associate members pay a $100.00 membership fee which allows active participation in design and community discussions.

Equity Memberships

Equity Members intend to live in Prairie Spruce Commons when it is built. Equity membership is 10% of the unit price and  is credited to the purchase price of their unit.

Being conscious of wanting to have a smaller ecological footprint I was instantly attracted to Prairie Spruce Commons when I heard their plans to build a cohousing complex to include sustainable features in the construction and operation of their project.  With emphasis on smaller individual space and shared common spaces and amenities, I was enthusiastic to find out more. …Suzanne