"A circle of lovely, quiet people becomes the ring on my finger"
A group of Kamloops residents have completed such a circle after working for more than year and are now set to build their dream of a co-operative housing project on West Battle Street.
Since March 2011, the RareBirds Housing Co-operative group has met, studied, dreamed and toiled to create their "intentional community" that would see six people share expenses and live co-dependently with a common kitchen, eating and living space.
"Together, our goal is to live more sustainable lives using fewer resources, incorporating a greener and more self-sufficient way of life in a socially supportive and spiritually fulfilling environment," said member Robyn Hines. "In this way we hope to co-create meaningful life together and serve as model in our community for a new, innovative design for living."
The group now has all the members it needs and the estimated $1.2 million - $200,000 per family or owner - as well as the right property for the multi-level home between 4,000 and 4,500 sq. ft.
An eagle's eye view from the "nest" includes expansive vistas to the west and north and they look forward to the stunning sunsets on the South Thompson, according to a group update.
A local architect has been hired who will give special attention to the principles of green building and sustainability.
Private spaces for each member or couple would include a large bedroom, private full bathroom, large closet and small sitting area.
A large common space will include kitchen, living room, pantry, laundry, storage, bathroom, exercise room and a shared guest room.
More information about the RareBirds is available on their blog at www.rarebirdshousing.blogspot.com.