Re: common house development processes
From: Lynn Nadeau (
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) (very active peace movement here- see our 

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