|Re: growing out of cohousing?||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Hans Tilstra (tilstrasmartchat.net.au)|
|Date: Wed, 26 Jul 2000 17:44:05 -0600 (MDT)|
I was challenged this weekend by the suggestion that cohousing is a phase people go through and grow out of. The speaker had noticed that common facilities were too idiosyncratic and to offer a good fit of changing needs of people as they go through different phases of life. It certainly challenged me to think about the flexibility, the optimisation of use of the common house. Of course, you need good kitchen functionality and its ability to attract people. However, I'd also love to hear people's experiences on daytime use of common facilities for child care. Is it feasible to use trolleys, curtains and roll up carpet to encourage multiple uses of the space. How well does office space work? In this discussion, people have also reported on consistent demand for guest rooms. Kathryn McCamant and Charles Durrett reported on designs where people could sell rooms of adjacent houses. So, an empty nester could reduce the size of their house and sell the space to neighbours with a growing family. Have any north American developments explored this option? thanks, Hans
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