In 2015 Village Hearth founders Pat and Margaret started gathering people who shared their vision of creating a community for 55+ LGBTs, friends, and allies in Durham, NC. In January 2017 we started a series of design workshops with Charles Durrett, our architect, to plan the neighborhood of our dreams.
The Site Plan
The Common House
The second step was deciding our priorities for the shared facilities. This included the common house, gardens, a maintenance/workshop building, and a dog park. Future plans include an art studio and walking trails.
We want to live here for the rest of our lives, so our criteria included single-level homes using Universal Design for accessibility. Energy-efficiency, natural light, acoustic isolation for shared walls, and spacious open floor plans are important. Inviting front porches and private back yards let us balance community and privacy to our individual needs.
Three Floor Plans:
1 bedroom / 1 bath
2 bedrooms / 1 bath
2 bedrooms / 2 bath