Sara Hurand, RA, AIA, Iris Design llc, 16 year Shaker Resident
Nikki Pulver, Principal, Shaker Interiors, Lifelong Shaker Resident
Margie Simon, Community Activist, Lifelong Shaker Resident
In Collaboration with Tunnel Vision Hoops.
As devoted Shaker residents, we are thrilled to submit this project to reshape the Moreland neighborhood. Us +Plus is our proposal for a community-wide rebirth through smart housing, neighborhood gardens and guilds that will unite current residents and attract the next generation of homeowners. We believe Moreland’s revival will be kick-started inside and outside the homes, highlighting commonalities between residents existing and new. We interviewed Moreland residents, attended neighborhood night, walked the blocks and toured existing homes. Our optimism grew as our research showed that existing owners and tenants are invested in being part of the renewal.
Our 1,800 Square Foot, Eco-Friendly home is a fresh take on a Craftsman style bungalow, gelling with current neighborhood aesthetics. Its modern style appeals to a variety of potential buyers – younger first-time homeowners, single parents, city employees desiring proximity, artists and entrepreneurs working from home, and multi-generational and aging populations. The home features an open plan on the main level, high ceilings and efficient multi-functional loft space on floor two, generous bedrooms, and a luxurious bathroom. Ample sunlight streams through huge windows along the southern exposure. A welcoming front porch is fitting for the neighborhood and a rear carport provides shelter from Cleveland weather for cars and bikes. Monthly payments for this attractive, low maintenance house are kept in the affordable range with options for either standard eco-living or net-zero ready construction (approximately $800 or $1,000 per month respectively).
Our home offers a flex space on the first floor that can be used in different ways: an extra bedroom, office, in-law suite, artist studio, or rental studio. The flex space fitted with an ADA bathroom makes the entire first floor universally accessible and can be used as part of the main house or separately.
Taking 3 lots on Chelton Rd and turning them into a neighborhood garden co-op fosters a sense of community, gives residents the chance to grow their own healthy produce and work together in a sustainable manner. Access to gardening resources is a draw for conscious homebuyers.
Inspired by the Arts and Crafts Movement which values traditional craft methods and the dignity and pleasure of human efforts, we propose expanding Dealership programs in horticulture and gardening, maker’s skills, woodworking, creative arts and design- efforts in which the Dealership is currently engaged. Involving the Dealership enhances the neighborhood appeal to entrepreneurs and artists and physically links to a proposed extensive 12 month urban farm initiative. A joint venture with Tunnel Vision Hoops provides Hoop House Showrooms on the Dealership property which can also host farmer’s and craft markets.
For each new home built, a profit kicker is placed in a fund to be granted for home improvement projects for existing homes in Moreland. Neighbors know that working together improves everyone’s lot. Living Proximate to Transit and Conveniences, plus the Potential to Grow Local Produce and Meaningfully Engage with Neighbors are Steps Toward True Sustainable Living.