Affordable homes
From: sga1 (
Date: Wed, 22 Jun 2005 11:13:29 -0700 (PDT)
Hi all,

As Joyce Plath and I work on our two cohousing projects up here in Humbold
County (six hours north of San Francisco), we are investigating all
manners of affordable housing designs. One of the best we have discovered
is described in detail in a recently published book: Grow Homes.

The floor plan was worked out at McGill University, it's won an award from
the UN, thousands have been built all over Canada, and it's about as
affordable as a small house (1000 square feet) can be while still
providing some comfort. Check it out at:

If nothing else, it's an excellent beginning for people thinking about how
to desing for affordability.

Yours in Community,
Sean Armstrong

>  Rose, I am working with a group that grew out of our small inner-city
> church. Persons in this group include Ph. D's, recently homeless, gays
> and lesbians, and disabled. Incomes are all over the scale.  We recently
> tried to purchase a piece of property and really tried to put numbers to
> our dreams - we learned that we need the numbers first. We are trying to
> develop a 20 to 25 unit cohousing development with some rental, some
> studios, one bedrooms, up to about four bedrooms. We want all units to be
> environmentally friendly and accessible. Trying to do all that and build
> a commons house (approximately $450,000 for commons house alone) proved
> to be too much for us. So, we backed out of the deal and went back to the
> drawing board. I agree that cohousing should allow for some cost savings
> and be affordable, but it is difficult to do. But, we're still working
> towards that goal!Michael JupinSouth Louisville Community Ministries4803
> Southside DriveLouisville, KY 40214(502)361-7763
> Fax (502) 3614668SLCM [at] On Mon 06/06, Princess Pepperonia of 
> the
> Pizza People < roseames [at] > wrote:3: MoneyDid you all
> start out with 100k houses? Good grief! One of the advantages of cohousing
> could be financial; is there any way those of us who aren't rich can get
> in on the deal? Does anyone have experience/suggestions starting a
> community on a much smaller budget? I envision building & living in
> the common house while saving money to build (small) individual homes. If
> we'd be likely to still be speaking to each other by then.
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Sean Armstrong

Project Administrator
31 South G Street
Arcata, CA 95521
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