Re: Reality Questions for our new Common House!
From: Bonnie Fergusson (
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2009 10:23:32 -0800 (PST)
     Here at Swan's Market Cohousing which is in the middle of Downtown Oakland 
California, very urban, we do lock our Common House but we use a 4 button 
progamable door lock rather than a key lock.  We periodically change the lock 
combination and all owners memorize it and give it out only to trusted guests 
and relatives.  Every six to 9 months or so, and occasionally when we have 
reason to, we change the combination to insure that not too many extraneous 
people have the code.
    As for muddy boots, can't help you there.  Not much boot wearing around 
here even under normal conditions and currently we are in a drought, 
temperatures in the 70's and no rain in sight in January which is usually one 
of our rainiest months.  ;-)
    Good luck with the move in, you might want to wait even longer on any 
permanant "solution" to see what evolves.
                       Bonnie Fergusson
                       Swan's Market Cohousing

--- On Sat, 1/17/09, maryvk [at] <maryvk [at]> wrote:

> From: maryvk [at] <maryvk [at]>
> Subject: [C-L]_ Reality Questions for our new Common House!
> To: "cohousing-l [at]" <cohousing-l [at]>
> Date: Saturday, January 17, 2009, 3:41 AM
> We are moving into our Common House within the months. 
> Yippee!  Here are a few questions for experienced cohousing
> dwellers.  Might as well start with lessons learned.
> Do you lock your Common House?  If so, describe the
> circumstances.   
> We are in a very rural, almost no crime area but some of
> our new neighbors and guests are city dwellers.  
> How do you hang coats and store wet and muddy boots?  
> We need to accommodate 50-70 people.  We have a great
> mudroom foyer but decided not to develop built in's etc.
> until the construction company left the premise.  We'd
> love to do hooks especially for children but how can you do
> so many????  And mats for boots are great but again it seems
> like it would end up a pile?  
> Thank you for your ongoing support.  We encourage you to
> visit us  when you are in New England.
> Mary Kaplan
> Nubanusit Neighborhood & Farm
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