Living Options

We are designing Hart’s Mill’s residences for maximum diversity and adaptability. We intend and need them to allow a diversity of uses and arrangements for different individual and family needs and preferences, adaptable over time as well.

The Residences page presents four different types of residential structures. By design, though, there are many more than four ways to inhabit them – in fact there are are at least nine!

 

Option #1:

1 ROOM SUITE

Bedroom with wet bar, full bathroom, and private porch, alongside a variety of  homes.  (To see the room in conjunction with a house, go to Option #9.)

Approximate inside ft²: 400
Number of Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Main rooms: bedroom, full private accessible bathroom
Cooking: wet bar (cupboards, small fridge, microwave, small appliances)
Other features: outside and inside entrances, large closet, covered porch                                                 

Walk-through description: From private covered porch, you enter into a bedroom with space for armchair or desk as well, accompanied by large walk-in closet and private, accessible full bathroom.

Beyond the walls: This suite shares a door with the attached house’s common space. House and suite residents together may decide whether and how the common areas will be shared. The suite’s outside door allows independence from the house. All residents also have full access to the community Common House with its extensive kitchens, library/meeting rooms, guest rooms, and ready entry into a variety of cooperative initiatives. Beyond the village there is full access also to the community’s gardens, trails, and 100+ acres of woods, meadows, pond, and streamland.

 

Option #2:

2 ROOM SUITE

Compact apartment alongside a variety of  large homes.  (To see the suite in conjunction with a house, go to Option #8.)

Approximate inside ft²: 550
Number of Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Main rooms: sitting room, bedroom, full accessible bath
Cooking: wet bar (cupboards, small fridge, microwave, small appliances)

Other features: outside and inside entrances, large closet, covered porch

Walk-through description: From private covered porch, you enter into a sitting room with space for small sofa and armchair or desk, and wall space for art or TV. A short hall opens into a bedroom accompanied by large walk-in closet and private, accessible full bathroom.

Beyond the walls: This suite’s sitting area shares a door with the attached house’s common space. House and suite residents together may decide whether and how the common areas will be shared. The suite’s outside door allows independence from the house. All residents also have full access to the community Common House with its full kitchen, library/meeting rooms, guest rooms, and ready entry into a variety of cooperative initiatives. Beyond the village there is full access also to the community’s gardens, trails, and 100+ acres of woods, meadows, pond, and streamland.

 

Option #3:

BEDROOM COTTAGE

Small single bedroom house 

Approximate inside ft²: 700
Number of Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Main rooms: living/sitting room, eat-in-kitchen, bedroom, full accessible bath
Cooking: kitchen with stove

Other features: outside and inside entrances, large closet, covered porch

Walk-through description: For one person or a couple, this small unit offers cooking and eat-in-kitchen dining with well-lit living area, opening into rear bedroom and bath, in a compact layout of about 700 square feet.

Beyond the walls: This house will have an attached suite, probably a 1-room bedroom and bath unit of about 400-450 square feet, similar to Option #1, located on the other side of the potentially sharable areas, with a door in between. House and suite residents together may decide whether and how the common areas will be shared. The suite’s outside door allows independence from the house. Residents also have full access to the community Common House with its full kitchen, library and meeting rooms, guest rooms, and ready entry into a variety of cooperative initiatives. Beyond the village there is full access also to the community’s gardens, trails, and 100+ acres of woods, meadows, pond, and streamland.

 

Option #4:

COTTAGE + SUITE

Small 2-bedroom house, marrying the 1 bedroom cottage with a 1 room suite

Approximate inside ft²: 1100
Number of Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Main rooms: shared living/dining areas, bedroom, two accessible baths
Cooking: kitchen with stove

Other features: outside and inside entrances, large closets, covered porch

Walk-through description: Uniting the cottage (Option #4) and a 1 room suite (Option #1) creates a 2-bedroom house suitable either for friends living together or for a individual or couple living with a teenager or elderly parent. From a small porch you enter a well-lit living area fronting eat-in-kitchen dining. Beyond lies the bedroom and bath part of the house, while ahead is a door into a second bedroom area with ample closet and full bath also.

(Note that Living Option #5 is also a small 1-bedroom house, but with quite a different layout. Option #4 has separate (non-contiguous) bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms.)

Beyond the walls:House and suite residents together may decide whether and how the common areas will be shared. All residents also have full access to the community Common House with its full kitchen, library/meeting rooms, guest rooms, and ready entry into a variety of cooperative initiatives. Beyond the village there is full access also to the community’s gardens, trails, and 100+ acres of woods, meadows, pond, and streamland.

 

Option #5:

2-BEDROOM 1-STORY HOUSE

This house offers 2 bedrooms with kitchen, dining, and living rooms along with screened porch, all on one level

Approximate inside ft²: 1050
Number of Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1½ 
Kitchen: full kitchen with bar / counter
Main rooms: kitchen, dining / living areas, 2 bedrooms
Other features: screened porch

Walk-through description: From a small entry porch that also opens into a screened porch, you enter a living and dining area with a kitchen and serving bar. Opposite the kitchen a hall leads to two bedrooms divided by a shared full bathroom (half bath in hall).

(Note that Living Option #4 is also a small 1-bedroom house, but with quite a different layout. Option #5 is more of a family house with a single bedroom wing and shared bath and half-bath.)

Beyond the walls: On the far side of the common areas this house will probably share a door with an attached one- or two-room suite (Options #1 or #2). House and suite residents together may decide whether and how the common areas will be shared. All residents also have full access to the community Common House with its full kitchen, library and meeting rooms, guest rooms, and ready entry into a variety of cooperative initiatives. Beyond the village there is full access also to the community’s gardens, trails, and 100+ acres of woods, meadows, pond, and streamland.

 

Option #6:

2-BEDROOM 2-STORY HOUSE

This house offers 2 bedrooms upstairs of a kitchen, dining, and living rooms along with screened porch

Approximate inside ft²: 1265
Number of Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1½ 
Kitchen: full kitchen with bar / counter
Main rooms: kitchen, dining / living areas, 2 bedrooms
Other features: screened porch

Walk-through description: This townhouse layout sequences living room, dining room, and then kitchen, along with half-bath on the first floor, with a porch on the back. Stairs on the side wall lead upstairs to two bedrooms and a shared full bathroom.

Beyond the walls: This unit will likely be duplexed with another of the same layout along one long wall (no internal connection), and many will share a door with an attached one-room suite (Option #1) on the other side. House and suite residents together may decide whether and how the common areas will be shared. All residents also have full access to the community Common House with its full kitchen, library and meeting rooms, guest rooms, and ready entry into a variety of cooperative initiatives. Beyond the village there is full access also to the community’s gardens, trails, and 100+ acres of woods, meadows, pond, and streamland.

 

Option #7:

3-BEDROOM ECONOMICAL FAMILY HOUSE

Compact 3 bedroom house

Approximate inside ft²: 1300
Number of Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 1½ 

Kitchen: full kitchen with bar / counter
Main rooms: kitchen, dining/living areas, 3 bedrooms
Other features: screened porch

Walk-through description: From a small entry porch that also opens into a screened porch, you enter a shared living and dining area with a kitchen and serving bar. Opposite the kitchen a hall leads to three compact bedrooms ,a shared full bathroom  and closets and half bath in hall.

Beyond the walls: All residents also have full access to the community Common House with its full kitchen, library and meeting rooms, guest rooms, and ready entry into a variety of cooperative initiatives. Beyond the village there is full access also to the community’s gardens, trails, and 100+ acres of woods, meadows, pond, and streamland.

 

Option #8:

3-BEDROOM 1-STORY HOUSE with 2-ROOM MASTER SUITE

This house offers 2 bedrooms with kitchen, dining, and living rooms along with screened porch, all on one level, with two bedrooms on one side and a 2-room master suite on the other

Approximate inside ft²: 1600
Number of Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2½ 
Kitchen: full kitchen with bar / counter
Main rooms: kitchen, dining / living areas, 2 bedrooms, master suite
Other features: screened porch

Walk-through description: This house is a combination of options #5 and #2. From a small entry porch that also opens into a screened porch, you enter a shared living and dining area with a kitchen and serving bar. Opposite the kitchen a hall leads to two bedrooms divided by a shared full bathroom (half bath in hall). On the other side, the master suite features a sitting room with space for small sofa and armchair or desk, and wall space for art or TV, as well as private porch. A short hall opens into an ample bedroom accompanied by large walk-in closet and private, accessible full bathroom.

Beyond the walls: All residents also have full access to the community Common House with its full kitchen, library and meeting rooms, guest rooms, and ready entry into a variety of cooperative initiatives. Beyond the village there is full access also to the community’s gardens, trails, and 100+ acres of woods, meadows, pond, and streamland.

 

Option #9:

3-BEDROOM 2-STORY HOUSE with 1-ROOM MASTER SUITE

This house offers kitchen, dining, and living rooms, along with screened porch, with a 1-room master suite on one side and two bedrooms upstairs

Approximate inside ft²: 1640
Number of Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2½ 
Kitchen: full kitchen with bar/counter
Main rooms: kitchen, dining/living areas, 3 bedrooms
Other features: screened porch

Walk-through description: This house is a combination of options #6 and #1. The central townhouse layout sequences living room, dining room, and then kitchen, along with half-bath on the first floor, with a porch on the back. Stairs on the side wall lead upstairs to two bedrooms and a shared full bathroom. On the other side, you enter into a bedroom with space for armchair or desk as well, accompanied by large walk-in closet and private, accessible full bathroom.

Beyond the walls: This unit will likely be duplexed with another of the same layout along one long wall (no internal connection). All residents also have full access to the community Common House with its full kitchen, library and meeting rooms, guest rooms, and ready entry into a variety of cooperative initiatives. Beyond the village there is full access also to the community’s gardens, trails, and 100+ acres of woods, meadows, pond, and streamland.

 

NOTES

Please take your time with this information. There is a lot here! This page is especially oriented to members or potential members who will be working to imagine themselves living at Hart’s Mill and looking for suitable living options. Still, we advise beginning by looking over all the options, since there is quite a variety. This will also help you understand how the various living options fit into (or represent different configurations of) the three types of structures. Look carefully at the floor plans for that! Then you can begin to narrow down your choices and seriously imagine yourself in some of these spaces.

Further options: Please be aware that we may very well offer more than these Living Options, or somewhat different options, in the end. This is our working portfolio, but as we make the options more concrete and share them more widely, we are able to learn more about members’ needs and preferences, and respond accordingly. We’d be delighted for your feedback at PDD presentations, and/or in person or by email

Costs: We are sharing very rough cost estimates for these Living Options with Hart’s Mill members on a separate sheet. However, since the costs depend on a variety of factors that are very uncertain or not yet decided, we are not posting them online at this time, so as to avoid seeming to make a public offering. Please ask if you would like to know more.

Back story. Our big breakthrough in assembling this portfolio of Living Options came in March of 2018 when Greg Ramsey and Dennis McConnell of Village Habitat Design led us to think not in terms of houses but of “building blocks” that can be combined in various ways that meet our zoning limits on Single Family Dwelling Units (32) but allow us far more flexibility in actual living arrangements, and also to plan for more residents in the village. This is the thinking behind the diversity of Living options detailed here. For a full introduction to this concept, check out our original blogpost about it, “Design Work Springing Ahead“.