Extrapolation of unit sizes from surveys
From: Arboretum Cohousing (arbcohoyahoo.com)
Date: Sun, 23 Oct 2005 12:15:19 -0700 (PDT)
Hi all, 

Here at Arboretum Cohousing in Madison, Wisconsin,
we're pretty excited at being on the verge of having a
signed offer to purchase our site. From then, we will
have a limited amount of time to do marketing, design,
and all the rest of the development work. I'm hoping
this group can help us and our architect with a
question. I spent some time searching for relevant
posts (including using the terms in this subject
heading and randomly skimming the archives), and
didn't find much. 

Here's our dilemna: we currently have 11 active
'equity' members, and are planning for 40 units. We
did a survey, and the vast majority (9-10) want a two
bedroom unit. What we need help deciding is how to
extrapolate that to decide the unit distribution for
our 40 units, since it probably won't be a linear
extrapolation (i.e. we don't plan on having 36 two
bedroom units) We realize that we can design the
distribution to target certain demographics: more
larger units = more families, studios target more of
the edges. However, we want to find a mix that will
accomodate as many different demographics as possible,
yet still help us sell all our units. We're also doing
research into the local condo market, but we
especially would like to know how other coho groups
figured this out. 

If you are willing to share your stories, wonderful.
If you know of other threads or documents that might
help, and can give me leads to find them, great.
Thanks so much.

In community, 
Carey Dachik

Yahoo! Mail - PC Magazine Editors' Choice 2005 

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