|Re: Value of Design Consultants?||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: TomMOENCH (TomMOENCHaol.com)|
|Date: Fri, 25 Oct 1996 19:15:35 -0500|
Denise wrote <Take the time and energy (think of it as community-building) and do what you can as a group, and then hire someone--preferably from within the group if you have a reliable member with the necessary skills--to implement your plan. Professional developers, consultants, architects, lawyers, or whoever won't hesitate to tell you what they think you should do, but you'll be happier with the results of a plan that combines your specific needs with the professional's expertise.> Good advice. One caveat, if you are going to hire within make sure your hired gun is "reliable and has the necessary skills" as Denise suggests or you may run into the nightmare Winslow did. We hired from within and thought we hired the necessary skills (what did we know being non-developers of multi-family cooperative housing?). We did not set up a professional review (as that member-architect resisted, that told us something right there!) and then it was too late. By the time we realized our architect team was unable to deliver we were well into the process. Working up to and firing them produced a schism in the group and cost us mucho $$$ to reconcile the contract. It is far far easier to terminate an outside professional than address a "cherished" member of the group as an inadequate professional. Oh yes, and don't a build big, high ceiling, baronial hall type common house or you will live with a "noise" problem that is unnecessary. Yes, cohousers seem to love these Monuments to High Frequencies but listen to architect-member Mary Krause and make your common house more like a large, intimate living room. Then you won't be spending the time, energy and money we are going to spend to retrofit ours. G'day. Tom Winslow Cohousing
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