|Re: cheaper housing||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Fred H. Olson (fholsoncohousing.org)|
|Date: Tue, 6 Apr 1999 16:40:02 -0500|
Scott Crowley scowley [at] library.utah.edu is the author of the message below but due to a problem it was posted by the Fred the list manager: owner-cohousing-L [at] cohousing.org -------------------- FORWARDED MESSAGE FOLLOWS -------------------- I very much like this thread about how to make housing cheap enough to help extract ourselves from mortgage slavery. Big subject. One thing that new groups have an advantage of is that there are around 40 projects built. We had to hire an architect. That cost us $100K. For this we got a site design, construction drawings, and some construction oversight. We probably could have cut off 1/3 of the cost by having utilized some combination of other groups' house plans. But how to overcome the copyright requirements which architects impose in their contracts ? We have also had hugely significant construction delays, mainly due to the fact that the construction company welched on the priority they assigned to our project. How to compel a construction company to abide by its promises ? (They had the best references around. And we felt we couldn't afford a $25K completion bond and a $35K full time on-site manager.) - scott
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