Normally seven residents share the Little House. This is few enough that to keep out of each others way with less strict rules than houses with more than ten people often require. We have two bathrooms, a kitchen, a laundry room, and a living room.1 To be honest this old house with forced air heat cannot reach 85°F in rooms L12, L22, or L23 on very cold days without bothersome dessication issues that will remain until we residents convince MSC to fund house and heating system modifications. Our argument is simple, we pay the same rent per square foot as anyone else in MSC while we are a household that consumes less, costs less, and offers less shared space per person than any other house in MSC. Conservation is good by choice --we are proud to help fund needed improvements elsewhere-- but on cold windy winter nights we are not able to provide the warmth some modern people prefer in 3 of our 7 rooms. Taking advantage of past neglect of our House, we have plans to make our house the most comfortable in MSC by replacing the roof, removing the obsolete chimney, instaling a dual zone micro-boiler to provide both hot water and radiant heat, replacing key windows --in rooms L12,13,22,23--, and running modern ventilation ducts that will one day carry the right amount of cooled or warmed air to each room after we upgraded all L-House windows and tightened air leeks sufficient for that to be necessary and affordable.
In the kitchen we each get a cupboard or two to ourselves, and share a refrigerator with one other resident. We all share the gas oven, stove top, and microwave oven.
This house uses less gas & electricity than any of the 4 other houses. This is largely resident habits (turn off unused lights, close doors in winter, never set thermostat above 70°F), partly cozy house architecture (fans & trees shade reduce need for AC), and partly technological modifications (High quality LED lights sip power; incandescent here is halogen).1
Quite simple, wood floors, bay window faces south yet is shaded by trees. We normally have a couch and a table in there. My camera underexposed the center photo due to sunlight from the windows. Floor lamps light the room at night, since there is no ceiling fixture. LED string lights provide night light sufficient to walk to the bathroom. S windows provide abundant daylight.
Currently this serves as the garden tool shed, but people still chat and some smoke out here in the shade of the porch. Smoking is not allowed anywhere inside our buildings, but some does waft in from time to time. Fortunately there is another entrance.
Having a trash closet is good. Having pot racks is a big improvement. One may store 2 pans on the rack, but extras go back in the laundry room because kitchen space is limited. When we have 8 residents, due to a double occupancy, we may need to get a 4rth fridge because we've been enjoying the extra kitchen space. This is a small kitchen if 3 people want to cook at once.
Long ago Little House had no kitchen, and residents ate in the main house. A stainless steal bucket collects food scrap for garden compost.
Doubles as a storage room. Never tidy, but it is finished with tile floor.
Every room in the Little House has a closet. Your room is your secure private space.
Two rooms are available as of Dec 2. People are expressing interest in applying, yet still no application has been submitted for either room..
Rent is slightly higher without a 6mo lease, %20 higher for double occupancy, and $25 lower for those actively serving on the board of directors. Residents may rent one car spot for $10/mo. Extra car spots are less than $30 paid monthly by non-residents.