|Re: "New" Seeking Tucson, AZ contacts/discussion||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: RodLambert (RodLambertaol.com)|
|Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2003 22:22:09 -0700 (MST)|
Ron, Re. alternative designs and ways of getting built: It is peculiar that there isn't more effort in this direction. The primary reason given is that it is a way of keeping costs down thereby making it more affordable to more people. Cohousing is almost by definition, a rejection of the conventional developer's methods ie spralling suburban boxes, but not to any extent yet, a rejection of his methods ie "you can pick from these 4 models only and don't ask for changes or it will cost you." We tried a different way here at EcoVillage at Ithaca. In the 2nd NBHD we allowed "sweat equity" in fact several people practically built their own house including strawbale and timberframe. We also allowed custom design. We used a construction manager on an hourly basis and a "site crew" that flexed in size as needed. We were able to get good discounts for materials and labor without huge markups. It meant that there were no warranties (although even that could have been arranged) but the cumulative savings seems to more then make up for it. The average cost per sq. ft was actually lower than the First NBHD which was done in the "conventional" way you speak of. This alternative method produces a more personal NBHD although one needs to put in more of your own energy - its not for the person who just wants to be called when its done. I really think that looking in this direction is the way to go. We have accumulated a great deal of experience and knowledge getting the 2nd NBHD built and have formed a company to "take the show on the road". In your area you might also want to contact Wonderland. They have a lot of experience and seem to be well liked. They might be willing to experiment with a less conventional method of getting built. Hope this helps Rod Rod Lambert Design Director EcoVillage at Ithaca 234 Rachel Carson Way, Ithaca NY, 14850 607 275 3362 <<Is there any interest out there for a co-housing project, that does not impose a standardized home design and construction method? I've been wondering why I don't see such "neighborhoods", comprised of earthships, domes, strawbale, etc. in some sort of mix. Ron G. Yuma, AZ (But looking for the Tucson and slightly "east" area.)>> _______________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list Cohousing-L [at] cohousing.org Unsubscribe and other info: http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L
- Re: "New" Seeking Tucson, AZ contacts/discussion RodLambert, December 18 2003
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