Developed in joint venture with the Cottage Company, this community is the first built under the City of Redmond’s Innovative Housing Code, which gives incentives for developing size-limited homes. The first phase was completed in 2005 and has twelve 1000 SF cottages gathered around a garden courtyard. The buyers include a mix of professional couple, empty nesters, single women and single-parent families.
We’ve carefully designed the site and each home to balance an inviting sense of community with the need for privacy. As in our other garden court neighborhoods, residents walk from the garage door to the front door, passing through a shared courtyard, private garden gate, and room-sized front porch increasing the chance interactions among neighbors that are the seeds for community.
This project received a BuiltGreen 4-Star rating and Energy Star certification, which covers everything from stormwater management, to high-level insulation, to jobsite recycling. Trees taken down on the site were milled for use as flooring, front-porch beams and columns. The commons building, used for potlucks and meetings, uses whole logs for it’s supporting structure, and has 100% of it’s electricity supplied by photovoltaic panels on the roof.
The American Institute of Architects/Sunset Magazine gave Conover Commons it’s 2006 Western Home Honor Award.