The Loft: A Bird’s Eye View

In the final re-design of Prairie Spruce Commons Cohousing, a unique loft suite (779 sq ft) has been added above the common house in the northwest corner of the building.  This suite is suitable for a single person or a couple.  Let’s tour the suite.  Take the elevator in the lobby or the front staircase to the second floor and meet in the corridor.

Welcome to Suite 208.  This unit has ready access from both the elevator and the stairs.  The door on the left in the alcove just outside the threshold opens to the heat recovery ventilator (HRV) for this unit.  Ahead is the living room (12’-8” x 11’-6”), with three dormer windows facing west on the outside wall.  A closet with an overhead shelf and rod is located just inside the entry door, and the stairs to the loft are beside the closet.


As you turn to your right, the living room opens into the dining room (16’-9” x 8’-9”).  There are two windows facing north on the outside wall.  To take advantage of the space under the eaves on the west wall, a storage space (12’-9” x 2’-5”) has been created.  A storage closet (5’-7” x 2’-10”) is also tucked under the stairs.

Another right turn from the dining room leads into the kitchen (10’-4” x 12’-6”) and the adjacent bathroom (5’-0” x 9’6”).  The kitchen counter wraps around the north and east walls.  There are two windows facing north on the outside wall, with the sink located under the windows.  The stove and refrigerator are on the east wall.  Cupboard space is provided above and below the counter, and there is a pull-out pantry beside the refrigerator.  The bathroom has a vanity sink, toilet, and tub with shower.   Washroom walls are blocked for grab bars that can be added in the future.

The stairs to the loft are centrally located in the suite, just off the living room.  At the top of the stairs on the left, a mezzanine railing follows the line from the stairs to the north wall and opens to the living and dining room below.   The bedroom (11’-4’ x 9’-8”) fills the space above the kitchen.  Two windows face north on the outside wall.  The bedroom also includes a generous walk-in closet (4’0” x 9’4”).

With its corner location, this suite has an element of privacy but is also handy to the shared common kitchen, laundry room, and guest room on the main floor.  Additional storage space is available on the parking level, and both parking and storage have convenient elevator access.

If you are looking for a character condominium suite, a building that is designed for sustainability, and neighbours who are dedicated to environmental awareness and community living, Suite 208 might be the place for you.