One of the most exciting things about growing the network of Common homes is that we get to try new things: new neighborhoods, building layouts, furniture, and art. New people with new ideas to contribute to our community. New traditions and new memories. But there are some elements of the Common home that remain constant, one of which is the existence of private, shared, and community spaces in each of our homes. Each of these spaces is essential to the success of shared housing.
People often ask us how many people are in a bedroom at Common. They are happily surprised to hear that everyone at Common has their own bedroom, either for a single person or a couple. This is a common perception about co-living that we would like to really turn on its head, that all spaces are shared. We believe that a private space for each member is absolutely essential to a thriving shared housing environment. In order to be a positively contributing community member, there needs to exist a balance between time alone and time spent with others.
Private spaces are decorated simply, as we prefer to keep more amenities in the shared and community spaces so that members enjoy them together. Members are encouraged to decorate their own rooms and build off of the core furniture we provide.
Common homes are divided into suites, which range from two to five bedrooms. Within a suite, there are shared spaces, including but not limited to kitchens, bathrooms, couches and coffee tables, breakfast nooks, and storage space.
Building community at Common doesn’t happen overnight. We believe that the secret to creating a thriving home of 10, 20, or 50 individuals is to first build community on more intimate levels, and shared spaces allow us to do this. We encourage suites to develop their own culture and traditions using that smaller shared space as a home base. In our Common Pacific flagship home, viewing The Bachelor is a tradition in one suite, and Shark Tank is a ritual in another. While members live in their own suites, they often move throughout the homes and visit other suites for movie marathons, happy hours, or other casual pop-up events.
Every Common home has a place where all of its members can come together, and where other Common members can also spend time. It’s important to note that members have access to community spaces at each Common home, which means that a member living in the Pacific Flagship can access the game room at the Albany Flagship down the road, and the Albany members can use the Pacific dining room.
We are constantly looking to our members to learn what they would like to see in future community areas at Common homes. A screening room, wellness studio, and lounge/study area are all just around the corner. We also value outdoor community spaces and take great care to create backyards, patios and rooftops that feel like living rooms. The goal is that every member at Common could find a space that is suitable for an event he or she would like to lead for the community, whether that be a speaker series, cooking class, or film night.
At Common, we invite members to truly live in community. It is the interplay of private, shared and community spaces that allow for this to be possible, as we believe that community is truly created and cultivated at these different levels.
Want to tour one of our spaces and learn more? Apply here.