|Common House laundry and guest rooms||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Terri Hupfer (gorditapacbell.net)|
|Date: Tue, 6 Jul 2004 07:05:35 -0700 (PDT)|
Dear Oak Creek Commons, We have two washers and two dryers for our common laundry. Use is similar to what you describe (32 households, about half use it). We bought large, energy efficient home models. They have worked very well for three years, only one service call and one handle to be fixed. People are charged on an honor basis, you write down when you use them, and every 3-6 months a volunteer adds up the amounts and bills people, returning the money to the community. I think they're charging 25 cents per wash or dry, but it might be 50 cents. We also use them to wash Common House laundry. We got front loaders, the largest residential models, they are Sears Kenmore models. We discarded the idea of coin-op as no one wanted to have to bring coins to the laundry room, and leasing didn't seem to be financially sound when we evaluated it. The schedule is first come, first serve. CH laundry gets down usually after meals, or is left in the laundry room for someone to add the load when theirs finishes. Now, on to guest rooms. We have two small ones. We have a fairly elaborate sign up calendar, which includes 20 days a year for each household. After those 20 days you can negotiate days from your neighbors, or your guests can use the room at the last minute (called 'flopping') but not till 5 PM that day if no one else has reserved it. We do not charge for the rooms. We have discussed this and discarded the idea several times. This could change in the future. No guest can stay longer than 21 days, except in case of a last minute 'flopper'. The calendar is posted at the beginning of the year. We also guidelines about prime holiday time, but I forget the details right now. If you want a room and it's already signed up for, you put your name down for wait list. Often the room may become available as plans change, or sometimes people are going out of town and offer their home to you. Residents are responsible for the linens used, and the rooms are cleaned on a regular basis as pa rt of common house cleaning. They are heavily used during the summer and holiday periods, more lightly the rest of the year. Terri Hupfer Pleasant Hill Cohousing- East Bay, California
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