Common Grounders Join Bristol Village Cohousing

by Mark Adams and Niko Pruesse

For those of you who may not know, our very own Jim and Peg (co-founders of Common Ground Center) have been toiling away for the past two years on a project in Bristol, Vermont (10 minutes from CGC) and, largely due to Jim's persistence, a few familiar faces are showing up lately in Bristol.

What is going on, you may ask? Well, Mark Adams and Niko Pruesse, parents of Rhoen (former board chair) and on and off campers and staff members for the past 20 years, and long-time camper Maura with her son Simon, are planning to join them.

Bristol Village Cohousing is an intentional cohousing community of 14 households at the Gateway to the Green Mountains. Peg and the design committee have been working long hours with the architect and builders to develop the cohousing project.

Many of the values that are reflected in Common Ground Center's mission and guiding principles and green ethos carry over to the cohousing project. The homes will be net-zero ready, fossil fuel free, solar-powered, with the opportunity to realize the most efficient in cooking (electric induction) as well as heating and cooling with electric heat pumps. Like Common Ground, Bristol Cohousing will be cooperatively-run with decisions being made by consensus.

Coupled with that, the benefits of intentional community with a common house and gardens, all in the heart of a beautiful small town with all the facilities just steps away and you have a Common Ground experience all year around! Learn more at Bristol Village Cohousing.

 

Maura, Simon, Peg and Jim cut the ribbon as construction begins.

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Maura, Simon, Peg and Jim cut the ribbon as construction begins. Homes will be completed spring 2017.

Exterior of the Common House in the summertime.

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Built in 1863, the Common House will be shared by cohousers for meals guests. and activities.

A Site map showing homes in the cohousing project surround a common green with the Bristol town green across the street.

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Homes in the cohousing project surround a common green with the Bristol town green across the street.

Roof is placed on home under construction.

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Roof is placed on home under construction. Bristol Village Cohousing will include a duplex, triplex, quadraplex, and five single family houses.

Quadraplex under construction on a foggy fall day in Bristol, Vermont.

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Quadraplex under construction. Triplex and Common House in background.

Common House kitchen with fancy countertops and natural light.

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Cohousers will have the opportunity to cook and eat together in the Common House kitchen.