Common House Room Use Proposal

Common House 2004-07-07


Guidelines for using the Common House building in general and for specific rooms including Exercise Room, Sitting Room, Guest Room, Kitchen, Dining Room, Kid's Playroom, Media Room, Game Room, and Laundry Room.


That the community approve the following guidelines for using the Common House, a shared resource, in order to:

o Make it as comfortable as possible
o Ensure everyone's safety
o Maximize the use
o Protect our investment



o Clean up after ourselves, and leave each room better than we found it.
o Be kind to our friends and neighbors.
o Use indoor voices.
o Talk to each other to solve problems and ask for help if we need it.
o Walk instead of run in the CH.
o Except for special events when a room is reserved, everyone gets to be included in every room, as long as they are meeting the room guidelines.
o Keep the hallways clear.
o Remember that people may be working in the offices, or sleeping in the guest room, and observe quiet hours (9:00pm to 9:00am weekdays and from 11:00pm to 9:00am on weekends)
o Treat the cubbies just like the mailboxes they are private.


The Exercise Room
o Adult supervision is required for children to use the exercise room.
o A list of children who are ready to use the exercise room without supervision will be maintained and posted in the room.

The Sitting Room
o This room is primarily for quiet activities and small meetings
o For safety, only adults can use the fireplace

The Guest Room
o The host will provide bedding, and make sure the room is cleaned after their guests leave
o The Guest Room Keys should be stored in the key box when not in use

The Kitchen
o Children in the kitchen must have an adult supervising.
o During meal preparation, the head cook is in charge in the kitchen.

The Dining Room
o Everyone should clean up after themselves if they use the dining room.
o To protect the tables, please don't sit on them.

The Kids' Playroom
o The playroom is always available for GO kids to play it cannot be reserved for special events.
o We will keep the playroom safe for all the kids who want to play there.

The Media Room
o Please close the door when watching TV or listening to music.
o Children need parent's agreement before using the media room.

The Game Room
o The games in this room will be larger, primarily for older children and adults.
o Younger children need adult supervision when using this room.
o Please treat all equipment with respect, and only use them as intended.
o The piano is not a toy, and needs to be treated with extra care.

Laundry Room
o Use the signs provided to instruct folks on what to do with laundry if we don't return before our load is done.
o Please use only non-scented products in the machines labeled "scent-free".
o Please clean the lint traps after every use.
o Please keep the door to this room closed.
o Out of respect for other people who use this room, please collect your laundry in a timely fashion.

Special Events
If you host an event where there will be a number of folks coming from outside Great Oak, please:
o Be sure you have reserved any space in the CH you need
o Ask your guests to park along Little Lake Dr. or in the cul-de-sac if possible*
o Inform the community through signs or emails if it's a large group
o Inform you guests of our CH guidelines
o *Of course, there may be times when you need your guests to park close and may ask GO members to temporarily park elsewhere.


Also discussed 5/17/2004

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