|Re: Shared Walls or Single Family Houses?||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: VAN DEIST (vandeistmsn.com)|
|Date: Sun, 27 Jan 2008 05:20:18 -0800 (PST)|
Joani Blank of Swan's Market Cohousing made a strong argument to Tom Shea for shared walls, and it seems as though all her points are valid. The thing is that her viewpoint might have an urban bias, and her values are not priority with some people. Here in Florida, our group considering elder cohousing has a priority of downsized, detached cottages. Although some members did not express a preference and were willing to go either way, the majority wanted detached cottages. Granted, our group is primarily made up of people in their 70's with a bell curve representation of those members in their 60's and 80's and only one single representative of the 50's age group.. These older members remember a quieter time in small towns during the pre-WW II era, and have a nostalgic vision of what their new community should look like. They are mostly from traditional neighborhoods of detached houses or from gated communities of detached houses, and only a few have had a condo experience. We are considering the use of cracker style homes similar to those designed by the Katrina Cottage Group ( www.katrinacottagegroup.com<http://www.katrinacottagegroup.com/> ). Sometimes decisions boil down to values rather than economy or efficiency. I've visited cohousing neighborhoods with attached homes, and they were certainly attractive and vibrant. Nonetheless, they remind me of the row houses and town houses of the Northeast from which I escaped in favor of my own house with a little breathing room. My preference, my values, but it's shared with many other folk. To each his/her own, and either way, it's the community more than the architecture that makes cohousing so attractive to so many people. Van Deist Suncoast Cohousing Venice, Florida ----- Original Message ----- From: Joani Blank<mailto:joani [at] swansway.com> To: cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org<mailto:cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org> Sent: Saturday, January 26, 2008 11:28 PM Subject: [C-L]_ Shared Walls or Single Family Houses? Tom Shea says his group is deciding: "whether to develop single family or joined units (i.e. shared walls and roofs vs stand-alone homes)" Shared walls, shared walls, shared walls, I say! 1. Shared walls contribute significantly to the sense of community (and that's what we all want to live in cohousing for, right?) 2. No matter how large--or small--your site is, shared walls preserve open space 3. You will save construction money....lots and lots of it! 4. Ongoing maintenance will cost less too! 5. The more shared walls, the more you can save on infrastructure (example: 6 or 8 units can share one water heater) 6. Units with shared walls insulate one another in cold weather, and help keep each other cool in hot weather, reducing heating and cooling costs for everyone. Sharing walls is probably the single most ecological thing you can do! And you save lots of money in the process? What's not to like about this? I know, some of your members have had experience living in a conventional condo or apartment building or townhouse complex where they had "problems" with the person or people with whom they share walls. Take my word for it, it's really different and way easier to nip any potential problems caused by your proximity in the bud if the people on the other side of those walls are fellow community members. I have lived for a total of fifteen years in two cohousing communities. In each of these communities, every unit has at least one shared wall, almost all have two, and a few have three! Granted, both are very urban sites where the only option was all-in-one-building attached units. but I've visited dozens of cohousing communities with five to forty plus acres, and almost without exception, those with the most shared walls have the strongest sense of community. Joani Blank Swan's Market Cohousing Oakland, CA _________________________________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at: http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L/<http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L/>
Shared Walls or Single Family Houses? Joani Blank, January 26 2008
- Re: Shared Walls or Single Family Houses? VAN DEIST, January 27 2008
- Re: Shared Walls or Single Family Houses? Deborah Mensch, January 27 2008
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