Non-developer building?
From: Rod Lambert (
Date: Thu, 8 Apr 2010 16:40:06 -0700 (PDT)
At EcoVillage at Ithaca, the Second Neighborhood (SoNG) was built with a construction management method. I designed most of the homes which, while had a lot of things in common, were largely custom designed and built and the costs were very competative. A lot of the subtrades gave fixed prices so that many of the costs were known before starting. It would take a lot of "ink" to describe the whole method but I was, on the whole, very satisfied with it and have introduced its use to a second ecovillage (White Hawk) south of here. A 1240 sf house there came in at 150k including 40k common cost. Because its approach is so flexible, allowing everything from "turnkey" construction to owner built homes it can provide a solid path to affordability if the owner is disciplined about the budget and "feature creep".


Date: Wed, 7 Apr 2010 05:34:55 -0700 (PDT)
From: Nicole Lorsong <nickittynic [at]>
Subject: [C-L]_ Non-developer building?
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Hello all,

I'm a part of a [very] new group in Maryland, and we were wondering if there 
were any cohousing communities where individual member households were 
responsible for the construction of their own homes, vs using a standard 
developer, construction company, and set of house plans?

At the current time (this may change, of course) due to wide differences in our desires for types and styles of houses (and definitely no one wanting to tell someone else how their house can and can't be), we would like for each household to be able to build what they want. Besides possibly higher costs, are there any inherent problems with this?
Thanks in advance,

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