Fireside has a row of five mid-terrace Victorian houses in Burngreave in Sheffield. We’ve knocked our long and skinny gardens into one, giving us plenty of room to play, grow organic veg, have bonfires and parties. The gardens back onto a Victorian cemetery so there’s lots of green space and wildlife around even though we’re in an inner-city area. There’s also an adventure playground at the end of the road.
The ages of the 9 adults living here range from early 20s to early 60s. We live mostly as five separate households, but we have knocked a connecting door between number 55 & 57 and numbers 59 & 61 have a shared kitchen area. We eat communally on a fairly regular basis, particularly when having a meeting, or a Co-op weekend which is when we work together on the houses or gardens, and some households eat together more frequently.
A few years ago we created a highly insulated 2-storey extension across the backs of 55-59, and since then we’ve had a second solar thermal system put in, so 4 out of 5 houses now have solar hot water. We also have PV panels across the south facing rooves.
Burngreave is a quite deprived inner-city area but very multicultural and vibrant. Some co-op members are involved with local community groups.