This remodel is part of our Bloomington Cohousing project and provided us with a unique opportunity to completely remodel and re-envision a very dilapidated 1970s-era home. There were quite a few discussions of tearing down the existing home and rebuilding from scratch in the very beginning, given the state of the structure and foundation. However, preserving the foundation, exterior walls, and trusses of the original home meant that we were able to keep those materials out of the landfill and also eliminated the additional materials and energy consumption that would have gone into all of the facets of building a new home. For us, the opportunity to take a home that is at the end of its functionality and breathe new life and time into it is one of the most special types of projects. In this instance, being able to do it for close friends was the icing on the cake. We are thrilled with how the home turned out and excited to have been a part of the process.
This home is part of the new Bloomington Cohousing community. The homes within this neighborhood, originally designed by Mark Cornett, are all intentionally clustered around each other to create a sense of community and promote the use of shared common spaces, all within a small neighborhood footprint. These clients modified the design plan a lot to add their own personal touch to their home.
Bloomington Cohousing is the first cohousing neighborhood in Indiana. It is a neighborhood on the southwest side of Bloomington centered around intentional community living. The neighborhood has twenty-six homes and community common spaces throughout. Out of the five floor plans available this is our Garden Cottage and currently is our model home.