Laundry in the Common House
From: Joani Blank (joaniswansway.com)
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2001 00:59:01 -0700 (MST)
I'm a big fan of doing laundry in the common house. Jasmine, If you are like me, you will do laundry when you run out of clean underwear even if--goddess forbid--you might have to drive out to a laundromat! I can't see any reason to do it one minute sooner:0) I've visited 35 cohousing communities and those households where it seems to me that washers and dryers in individuals' homes are a necessity are those where the CH is some distance from my house AND there's really cold slippery weather in the winter. One or couple of kids in diapers combined with one of those other reasons completely justifies one's "own" laundry equipment too.

In relation to Liz's comment about resale value, I'm thinking that new people (especially those who've been waiting eagerly for a unit to become available in your community)buying in are not likely to be cranky about the lack of washer/dryer hookup or find your house worth all that much more if it has a hookup. After all, they, presumably are just about as excited about cohousing as you were as the first owner of the unit. If the culture of the place is that most or all the residents do their laundry in the common house, then it is likely to be taken for granted by new people as "the way we do things around here." You know, when in Rome......

More on resale value.......At Doyle St. where I lived for 8 years, we had 11 parking spaces for 12 units and each month one household parked on the street. When the fabulous garden was built into what was our already tight parking lot, one more space was lost so now everyone agreed to park outside two months out of every year. This plan was instituted just as I was getting ready to sell my unit to move to Swan's Market Cohousing, and my buyer took it completely in stride.

Joani

very few where I would agree that having At 12:01 PM 12/6/01 -0600, you wrote:
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   1. Re: thread on "growing" and "changing" (Sharon Villines)
   2. Re: common house works! (Sharon Villines)

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Message: 1
Date: Mon, 03 Dec 2001 12:18:10 -0500
Subject: Re: [C-L]_thread on "growing" and "changing"
From: Sharon Villines <sharonvillines [at] prodigy.net>
To: <cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org>
Reply-To: cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org

> I have noticed that the worst trashing
> comes when I say something factually true, but difficult for the group to
> hear.

Praise the lord and pass the potatoes.

One of the things that I have a very hard time determining is when people
know the facts thus they don't need to be pointed out and when they don't
know the facts and need them pointed out.

I tend to assume (wrongly) that if they aren't talking about them, they
don't know. I like for all the stuff to be out on the table. A lot of people
just don't.

Sharon
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Sharon Villines
Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC
http://www.takomavillage.org



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Message: 2
Date: Tue, 04 Dec 2001 08:25:29 -0500
Subject: Re: [C-L]_common house works!
From: Sharon Villines <sharonvillines [at] prodigy.net>
To: <cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org>
Reply-To: cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org

> And just everywhere after the meal the conversations kept on.
>
> Like we had always imagined they would.

Congratulations to Rosewind!!! I love commonhouse stories. It reminds me of
going to my grandmother's house on Sunday afternoons where the whole family
would gather for dinner after church and spend the afternoon hangingout.

Sharon
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Sharon Villines
Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC
http://www.takomavillage.org




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