Design Inspiration

  • Artist Lofts
  • Mediterranean pathways and balconies
  • Flexible interior spaces | sliding doors and large glass walls will accentuate views of gardens, forests, and mountains
  • Passive solar orientation will catch natural light through thermal mass

Goals Design Hypothesis

Our design will expand the envelope of modern living. Carefully laid paths for public and semi-public spaces will provide a more richly layered environment than modern binary of public and private spaces.

Our Basic Home Designs

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  • Homes from 650 to 1,500 square feet 
  • Intentional wiring within homes provide ample sanctuary free of EMFs.
  • Loft-inspired options with raw interiors provide greater affordability and customization
  • Leasing options for kitchen gardens and flower gardens, agricultural parcels, and co-working offices
  • Integrated grey-water, rainwater, streams & greenhouses will provide the sound of running water
  • Passive solar design, layering and integrating windows and greenhouses into building exteriors
  • Use of thermal mass within and outside of buildings creating diverse micro-climates

A form-based code allows buildings that easily retrofit and consistently age well, while prioritizing the pedestrian experience over the vehicular:

  • form-based code : the Co-op design code and HOA covenants incentivize accountable, ecological construction, as well as a minimum of aesthetic consistency: materials will age gracefully, be easy to upgrade, while sharing in the cultivation of place-based values.
  • building size : the construction of multi-family and duplex buildings will maximize energy efficiency. Members may build their own structure, purchase, or rent from other members. Minimalist loft apartments allow members to add personal character and build sweat equity.  


  • development pattern : a dense development pattern will maximize each unit’s viewsheds and privacy. A quilt of terraces, balconies, patios, and porches will network with agricultural fields, orchards, gardens, paths, and forests.  We believe that higher density developments allow members to more easily engage, while variety of public and private spaces allow nuance in the dynamic of those interactions.  In addition, keeping structures within “walkable” distances gives members an ease of mobility.

What's in a Design?

Homes are built facing the sun in energy efficient clusters interwoven with gardens, terraces, pathways and gathering spaces. Building to capture (in the winter), and deflect (in the summer), the sun's warm and bright energy, allows for energy efficient homes.

Well-designed, dense residential clusters not only allow for smart, eco-efficient design, but they create a place where neighborly interaction is promoted, while still allowing privacy and solitude.  Trees, gardens, and natural features layer with paths, walls, and open spaces to create a constant reminder of where we are and who we are.

Residences will follow a pattern of townhouse clusters. 

Buildings may be developed, rented, bought, and sold. Rising Commons will continue to build until 35 units are reached. Members elect their own level of participation, including dinners, events, sponsoring the development of amenities, and nurturing landscapes.


To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete
— Buckminster Fuller