Re: Middle units Dark or Not
From: Carol Singleton (
Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2005 11:27:22 -0800 (PST)
I'd like to clarify what Norm said, the two middle units which are for sale are not completely enclosed - they are two story units with a one story unit on one side and a two story unit on the other side. These "middle" units have plenty of light coming in on the second floor.

I live in one of the 3 units that are fully "middle" units. While my unit does not have skylights or solatubes, it is positioned so that I get enough light, although I would welcome more in the winter. The trade off for me was more interior space for my family and lower energy costs. We live with a very hot summer climate and my house stays cool in the summer. All of our homes are energy efficient that way, but because I don't get as much summer sun, I think my house stays cooler.

----- Original Message ----- From: "OCC11NG" <normangauss [at]>
To: "Cohousing-L" <cohousing-l [at]>
Sent: Thursday, November 10, 2005 10:07 AM
Subject: Re: [C-L]_ Middle units Dark or Not

Our complex with 31 units has 7 triplexes. The middle units are more expensive because they have more floor space. Because our foot prints have between 20 and 30 feet between the front and back of the units, there is not severe loss of light. With one-story units, skylights and solatubes can be installed.

Initially we had no trouble selling middle units. Two of them are now on the market. Escrow was started on one of them but fell through at the end.

I don't think there should be any trouble selling middle units.

Norm Gauss

----- Original Message ----- From: "Tim Clark" <TimClark [at]>
To: <cohousing-l [at]>
Sent: Wednesday, November 09, 2005 11:40 AM
Subject: [C-L]_ Middle units Dark or Not

We are working on our site design which consists of almost all duplexes. We realized that if we went to tri-plexes or four-plexes that we could save a lot of space and open up the site.

The concern is that the center units in either case will be dark and nobody will want them.

Is this true?

Any feed back would be appreciated.

Tim Clark
Austin Cohousing
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