|Re: common house development processes||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Lynn Nadeau (welcomeolympus.net)|
|Date: Wed, 30 Apr 2003 14:30:05 -0600 (MDT)|
Creative envisioning is great, but remember that you have a financial bottom line. You need to find the balance of what you want and what you can afford. You don't want to spend all sorts of time envisioning an office and three guest rooms, a craft studio, meditation studio, and bungee jumping tower, if you really only have money for a basic dining room and kitchen. We hired Mary Kraus for a while and gave her our programming, and our budget, hoping for a draft plan that would meet both. She ended up presenting us with TWO draft floor plans, one that met our programming, and one that matched our budget. They were very different. This was useful, as we then examined in more concrete terms just what we were willing to trim and do without, and what we were willing to up the budget to include. Consider too how you want to balance quality and quantity. We opted for a smaller space, but with enough budget leeway to include more quality in the finish. I'm really glad we have our Marmoleum flooring in the kid room and kitchen, oak floor in dining room, built in vacuum system, and such. Or you might go for more space, figuring you can continue to spend money on finish and furnishing, over the years. Lynn Nadeau, RoseWind Cohousing Port Townsend Washington (Victorian seaport, music, art, nature) http://www.rosewind.org http://www.ptguide.com http://www.ptforpeace.info (very active peace movement here- see our photo) _______________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list Cohousing-L [at] cohousing.org Unsubscribe and other info: http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L
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