|Don't delay common house||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Lynn Nadeau (welcomeolympus.net)|
|Date: Sat, 29 Aug 1998 11:33:39 -0500|
At RoseWind Cohousing, a lot-development model, for various apparently unavoidable reasons, we have delayed our common house. We hope to get it started next year, ten years after the group first started, 6 years after we got the Planned Unit Development approved by the City, and at a point when 12 of our 20 families already are in houses on site. I don't recommend delaying the common house! I wish we had built it before a single home went in. We have lost a lot of community-building that would have happened there, and perhaps would not almost all have built largish homes with guest rooms, laundries, etc. I also think we would not still have half a dozen unsold lots if the common house were in. I suggest you look at a phased common house as a compromise. Get a space closed in. Let the furnishing, painting, etc happen as it becomes possible. Probably a lot of furnishing can happen as people move and have extras. Once people are in the middle of their own building and-or moving projects, a lot of energy is taken up that is unavailable for common house creation. Consider a common house that uses whatever level of volunteer labor you have available-=--- stucco is a good example of an expensive process that becomes inexpensive when you have it done as a big work party. Ener-grid blocks? Straw bale? But get something in place if you possibly can. It is important to form the habit of using the common house, and not just tack it on later. Lynn Nadeau In Port Townsend WA, where we are happily enjoying that two more families have completed and moved into on-site homes, and where a handsome strawbale house is rapidly taking shape. Common house committee is working with group-approved floor plans and budget, ironing out the details prior to submitting for a building permit by year-end. Weekly potluck picnics are well-attended, and include cabbage, greens, apples, beans, cucumbers, and potatoes grown on our commons.
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