We call our common house the Hive. This dates from a visioning meeting before the common house was built, when one person said that she envisioned our common house as a bee hive of activity. Well, it is!
We built the Hive ourselves. It is a 22-sided, energy efficient, 2800 square foot pre-fab building (like a yurt) and it was delivered in pieces on two semi trucks. Before we had any homes here, we started building it. We hired a foreman, and with 6-8 friends and neighbors helping out every day for 9 days, we got it dried in. Then we took the next year and a half to finish the interior (doing most of the work ourselves).
The Hive was due for a new paint job this year, so we decided to do that ourselves too. Mike was our amazing planner and crew chief, and in the space of about 8 hours, with 13 community members helping, we got it repainted (including the soffits and all of the doors). It is truly amazing what you can do with a group of friends! It was a perfect day for painting - it threatened rain, but ended up being cool and cloudy. We had a great time together, and in our conversations while painting we learned a lot of interesting histories (especially, for some reason, anniversary stories!).