The Common House --
the physical heart of OHANA

In the first iteration of defining the physical and social features of our community gathering space, we’ve determined it will be...

  • Situated in the center of the community, or within easy access to all residences

  • Oriented toward the community, so as to be open and welcoming to all residents

  • Infused with maximum natural light

  • Connected to outdoor gathering spaces—covered and uncovered porch, patio, barbecues, and facing

    gardens, game areas, etc.

  • Energy and space efficient, built with natural and renewable materials

  • Sensory friendly and accessible to the entire community

  • An comfortable extension of home in the context of our community

  • A welcoming place of hospitality to guests and the wider community


  • A large multi-purpose gathering/meeting and dining room—also for dances, concerts, hospitality

  • An industrial/commercial kitchen designed for many helpers

  • Quiet room(s) or space(s) for prayer, solitude, reading...

  • Game/indoor play room

  • Laundry facilities (three or four washers, 2 dryers, hanging space)

  • Two guest rooms for hospitality

  • Two bathrooms

  • Semi-open office spaces for two plus one small private business space

  • Exercise/gym/therapy space and spa (we actually want an indoor pool...)

  • Art Studio/craft space

  • SHOP—and storage


  • Many of the social intentions of Ohana will occur in and around the common house, designed to be accessible and supportive to people of all abilities and ages.

  • Monthly meetings of all residents for governance, planning etc.

  • Regular gatherings with music, movement, food, and even theatre—the “great room” will be the center of

    these events

  • Multiple activities going on at one time

  • A place for daily connection, work and play

  • Common meals at least once weekly—probably much more often

  • Activities that welcome relatives, friends and community guests

  • Small groups interested in regularly scheduled activities of interest –art, book club, exercise group,

    musical/theatre groups or productions