|Common House Furnishings||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Joani Blank (joaniswansway.com)|
|Date: Sun, 4 Jun 2000 03:15:20 -0600 (MDT)|
I don't remember if I'm exactly right, but if my memory serves, Katie McCamant, common house designer extraordinaire, suggests that the dining room be planned to serve 2/3 of the residents on a "regular" basis--don't forget to count the kids--and easily expandable (folding tables and chairs at least for the extras) up to the full number of folks who live there plus guests for special occasions or for the occasional common meal when everyone signs up to eat, or there happen to be a lot of guests at one time. If your developer put enough money in the budget to buy you common house furniture right at the get go, you are lucky indeed. Many communities furnish their common houses first with everyone's hand-me-downs, odds and ends, etc. and live with that for a while while they are deciding what will work best for them, and/or until they can afford new stuff if there's no money in the initial budget for the furnishings. I think it's a good idea to live with folks' odds and ends for a few months EVEN IF there is money in the development budget to pay for the CH furnishings. Especially in the case of tables and chairs for the dining room, you can never be sure 'til you try. If there is development money for the furnishings, you can just put it in a temporary reserve until you decide what will work best for you. Joani Blank Old Oakland CoHousing (that's Oakland, California)
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