RE: Answer to Meg about build-your-own-house cohousing
From: Rob Sandelin (
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 1998 09:24:22 -0600
There are three models of cohousing development, the capital project model, 
the lot development model, and retrofit.  In the capital project model, the 
whole project is designed and built out all at once as one large capital 
project. In the lot development model, land is divided into lots and the 
individual buys a lot and designs and builds their own home, usually with some 
sort of architectural review process by the group. In the retrofit model, an 
existing struture is remodelled or existing homes in a neighborhood are 
purchased, one at a time.

There are several exising examples of each type in operation around America. 
Each type has its advantages and disadvantages. Some groups have mixed types, 
for example retrofit can also be a capital project.

Rob Sandelin

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