Design is at the heart of all of our homes

Our homes reflect our approach as a company: relaxed, reliable, and thoughtful.

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Design philosophy

A truly great living experience is made in the details. Excellent design is how we create beautiful homes at an exceptional value.

We are architects, designers, procurement specialists, and construction managers. Each member of the team carefully considers every last element of our homes.

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Our methodology is to design for community and convenience, in tandem with happiness and comfort. In our homes, that translates to sunny living rooms, chic furnishings, and shared spaces you want to be in, ready-made for your move.

We take care of everything, so you have more time to spend on better things.

Process

Design doesn’t have to be extravagant, but it does have to be well considered.

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Feedback and data

Crafting the ideal shared living experience has many components. Our design team works closely at every stage of the process, from real estate acquisition to receiving feedback from member experiences, to learn and optimize our designs at every turn.

These feedback loops provide us with the expert insights needed to design homes that work as well on your Instagram as they do in your day-to-day.

Response to context

Every home is unique in its potential, location, and neighborhood. Ground-up construction gives us tremendous opportunities to design our ideal layouts, while adaptive reuse allows us to celebrate original design details, exposing brick, refinishing staircases, and polishing tile to pay homage to the building’s history.

We take a bespoke approach to every home. Our chosen layouts and details respond to each unique space, without ever sacrificing the comforts of home for our members.

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Placemaking

Minding the details of shared living, we pay close attention to the way members interact with their space and with each other. We design with heart and sensitivity, focusing intently on creating homes that work well, and spaces that facilitate friendly interactions.

Architecture

Our homes are the platforms of the Common experience, and great architecture is the key to making the most of every home.

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Architecture and shared living

Coliving isn’t just another lifestyle trend, it’s the common sense way to live in a city. Thoughtfully designed shared layouts make our members happier, and encourage them to see their space as more than just a crash pad, but rather, a true home.

There’s a Know Your Neighbor effect in Common homes that stems from our considered approach to design. Our buildings value friendliness over anonymity, and that’s reflected in our every beam, window, and finish.

Thoughtful design

The recipe for Common design includes equal parts data, feedback, and heart.

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Interior design

Warm and inviting spaces where you’ll want to nestle in.

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Our spaces are designed for comfort and functionality. Blending rich leathers, cozy textiles, and clean lines, we strive for classic spaces that feel eclectic, warm, and relaxing.
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Common Lincoln
Common Lincoln
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We value timelessness over trends. Simple silhouettes and classic materials define Common’s serene spaces and make our members feel at home, whether they're curled up in sweatpants or binge-watching a new show together.
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Common Damen
Common Damen

Finishes

Integrity and authenticity are the hallmarks of our finishes. Our materials wear well, don’t decay, and quite simply, look cool.

Finishes
Tile
Clean, white subway tile is timeless, and is our go-to for backsplashes and bathrooms.
Wood
We value authenticity of all of our materials. You will only find genuine hardwood floors in our homes.
Penny tile
Matte black penny tile is an American staple that feels cool and contemporary.
Texture
We layer varied textures to add warmth and dimension to a room, mixing rich fabrics with stark surfaces to create an interesting environment.
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We choose textiles that tell a story, mixing subtle patterns and textures to add character without overwhelming the space.
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Concrete countertops juxtapose nicely against our warm, hardwood floors.
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We use a mixture of vintage and off-the-rack textiles to layer in texture, color, and coziness to a space.
Skin
The natural patina and cracks of the leathers we source add character and warmth to our living spaces.

Fittings

From clean lines to matte finishes, our hardware and fixtures are purposefully selected for their longevity, to create spaces that feel timeless and chic, but never flashy.

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Art

A note on art

Art elevates every one of our homes, providing the perfect finishing touch to our furnished living rooms. We seek out interesting and beautiful work for shared spaces, and leave art hooks on the walls in each bedroom, because we know art is personal to its beholder.

Bedrooms

Consider our move-in ready bedrooms your own private getaway. We do the heavy lifting, so all you need to bring is yourself.

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Our bedrooms embrace tranquility and functionality, and are designed to be the perfect canvas for your unique personal style.

What we provide

We hand select every piece that goes into our homes, with the intention of making moving in easy and living with others better.

Design team

Meet the team behind Common homes.

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Sophie

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Cait

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Danielle

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Zoran

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Jenn

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Ray

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Max

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