The Hart’s Mill village proper will consist of about 30 single-family and duplex houses ranging from very small one-bedroom units to modest 2- and 3-bedroom homes. Two large homes, each with 3 to 5 private suites and common cooking/dining/laundry facilities, will offer supportive options for those who wish to share resources. Our cooperative housing model will promote long-term affordability and flexibility for residents in different phases of their lives.
The homes will be clustered along a pedestrian lane while maintaining views and immediate access to the open space surrounding the village. A centrally located Common House will serve as a shared facility for community meals, entertainment, meetings, guest rooms, arts & crafts, laundry and mail pick up.
The common areas nestled among and around the homes will become a natural play space for children. Sensitive architectural and site design will create livable private, semi-private and public spaces for residents. Parking will be kept to the edges of the village, primarily along the northern field road to the farm.
Residents who wish to participate in growing their own food will find ample opportunities to engage, from kitchen gardens right outside the door to community gardens and farming projects.
Opportunities to pursue both hobby and professional arts and crafts will be enhanced by the inclusion of a few small studio spaces within the village. A woodworking shop and pottery studio/kiln are planned a short distance away at the farmstead.
A future administration and education building with small administrative offices for farm and community management, as well as a few “work-almost-from-home” offices on the west side of the village proper. This facility will enable Hart’s Mill to better carry out its educational mission, and will help residents earn a living on-site.
Architectural Design Process for Hart’s Mill Homes and Common House
We are now actively engaged in developing the architectural design for the homes and common house in the village. It’s an exciting moment – we are about to give physical shape to our dreams! (Check out our News page to stay up-to-date on meetings with our architect partners from June through October.)
How did we get to this point? From January to April of 2016, an Architecture Working Group conducted a thorough and thoughtful process to select an architectural firm. After reviewing more than 20 architects and receiving 7 detailed proposals, Hart’s Mill selected Frank Harmon Architects to be our design partners for the Village. Many thanks to Anthony, Katy, Donna, Marsha, and Steve for the many hours (and miles) devoted to this selection process!
Currently, the Hart’s Mill Architecture Liaison Group (ALG) – Anthony, Katy, and Joe – is working with our architect team – Frank Harmon, Suzy Cash, and Paul Drake – to organize the Schematic Design process. Here is a description of the Schematic Design phase from the American Institute of Architects (AIA):
During the schematic design phase, the architect consults with the owner to determine project goals, requirements, and functions of the project. This phase produces a final schematic design, to which the owner agrees after consultation and discussions with the architect. Preliminary construction costs are also estimated at this point to assure that the design is within budget. Schematic design typically produces a site plan, floor plans, sections, an elevation, and other illustrative materials; computer images, renderings, or models.
The Schematic Design Phase runs from June through October and features a series of six design workshops with the Hart’s Mill community and the architects. This process was open to all Hart’s Mill Members and about 20 people are participating. The goal is to develop a final schematic design that will serve as a basis for arranging financing and attracting more committed members to Hart’s Mill.