The Common House, Our Homes, Our LandThe Common House, Our Homes, Our Land
Our homes are clustered together along a pedestrian path and centered around our Common House. Our neighborhood and that of our sister community, Camelot Cohousing, are built on less than 12 acres. Over 50 acres of our land remain as open space, including nearly 30 acres of deeded conservation land.
To design our community, we worked with the fabulous Kraus Fitch Architects. We began with our priorities, and then moved to our designs, and from there to our plans.
The Common HouseThe Common House
See also: Using the Common House
The Mosaic Commons Common House is the center of our neighborhood, both physically and socially. It's the place where the community comes together -- for shared meals, for games and entertainment, for meetings, for parties, for hobbies and activities.
Our Common House has
- A great room for (optional) shared meals and large events
- A dining room for more private meals, or expansion space on the great room
- A large commercial-quality kitchen with mixed-height work surfaces, gas ranges, two ovens and refrigerators, and commercial dishwasher
- A kid's playroom with a window view from the building's hub, and its own bathroom and exit to the outdoors
- A recreation/multi-purpose room with ping-pong, foosball, books, games and crafts
- A fully-equipped exercise room
- A living room for smaller gatherings and casual socializing
- A music room
- Shared laundry facilities (in addition to laundry hookups in every home)
- An herb garden off the kitchen (in addition to a large shared organic garden nearby)
- A large shaded front porch with tables and chairs
- Smaller rooms for hobbies, smaller meetings, etc.
- Mail boxes and coat room
- Handicapped accessible bathroom with a roll-in shower
- A outdoor large hot tub
- A paved courtyard for outdoor cooking, patio tables and children's play
- Wireless Internet service
- Dual fuel fireplace (gas/wood)
- Energy efficient heating and cooling (heat pump)
- Super insulated and low-toxicity, just like all our individual homes
All residents have full use of the common house. It's like having extra rooms on your house that happen to not be attached.
Our HomesOur Homes
We have 4 types of buildings, holding a total of 5 types of units. Our buildings are mostly triplexes, with one duplex type. To design our community, we worked with the fabulous Kraus Fitch Architects.
We began with our priorities, and then moved to our designs, and from there to our plans.
One Bedroom HomesOne Bedroom Homes
Living/Dining Space: 14'6" x 15'
Bedroom: 11'6" x 11'
Building type 1 includes a large 3-bedroom unit and two stacked 1-bedroom flats:
Two Bedroom HomesTwo Bedroom Homes
Living Room: 12'-6" x 11'
Dining Room: 5'-6" x 6'
Bedroom 1: 11' x 7'-6"
Bedroom 2: 10' x 16'-6"
Three Bedroom Homes (Small)Three Bedroom Homes (Small)
Living Room: 19' x 9'
Dining Room: 11'-6" x 5'-6"
Bedroom 1: 13'-6" x 9'
Bedroom 2: 8'-10" x 10'
Bedroom 3: 8'-9" x 9'
Three Bedroom Homes (Large)Three Bedroom Homes (Large)
Living room: 21’ x 10 ½’
Dining room: 12 ½’ x 10’
Kitchen: 10’ x 10’
Master Bedroom: 14’ x 10 ½’
Bedroom 2: 10 ½ ’ x 11
Bedroom 3: 9 ½’ x 9 ½’
Detailed Floor Plans
Four Bedroom UnitsFour Bedroom Units
Living Room: 16' x 12'
Dining Room: 8'-6" x 10'
Bedroom 1: 9'-6" x 15'-6"
Bedroom 2: 25' x 12'
Bedroom 3: 13'-6" x 11'
Bedroom 4: 12' x 11'-6"
Our LandOur Land
We are sharing a wonderful 65 acre site in Berlin, MA with Camelot Cohousing - we built on a total of 7-8 acres, leaving the remainder in conservation and open space. We are further south on the site, towards Sawyer Hill Road.
Mosaic Commons, from Google Maps: