Re: CH elevators
From: Becky Schaller (
Date: Mon, 20 Apr 1998 20:49:34 -0500
Charles, could you be more specific about this?   Did you design 
common houses where there were some rooms that were not accessible to 
some people who used wheel chairs and who lived in the community?  Or 
did you find other ways to make all rooms accessible?

Also, would you rephrase your last statement,  "The right thing is 
doable, but not anecdotely."  I don't know what that means.  

The CoHousing Company wrote:
> We have designed 20 or so common houses, almost all without elevators.
> Several of these common houses were for groups where several people in the
> group were in wheelchairs.  Like everything else in cohousing, to be done
> right it has to be a thorough and deliberate process. And ofcourse in the
> end the group should do exactly what the group wants to do -- not what
> someone else thinks they should do. There is a great deal of wisdom and
> justice in their decision if every rock is turned over and examined -- the
> group usually does the right thing. Yet it is amazing to see how often a
> miss administered and naively adopted rule can end up costing a group 20k.
> The right thig is doable, but not anecdotely.
> Charles Durrett
> Principal Architect
> The CoHousing Company
> "Architectural Design and Consulting Services towards the formation of
> CoHousing Communities"
> email: coho [at]
> web site:
> tel. 510-549-9980, fax 510-549-2140
> 1250 Addison St. #113
> Berkeley, CA 94702

Results generated by Tiger Technologies Web hosting using MHonArc.