Re: personal storage in common house
From: Diane (
Date: Sat, 19 Nov 2011 13:24:48 -0800 (PST)
At Cambridge Cohousing, an urban development with  41 units on 1.33 acres,
we began with group storage areas based on the location of your unit (each
co-group apportioning space within the group).   But when that led to much
storage creep and no room for new resident's stuff when units changed
hands, we spent much time finding a new arrangement.  We now have built
lovely shelves in our basement storage space and each unit has a designated
space assigned to it according to a complicated formula based on the size
of the unit.  This new arrangement works.  It may have been easier to
assign spaces at the beginning, but then we would have missed all the fun
and countless hours spent redesigning it.

Diane (Cambridge Cohousing)

On Fri, Nov 18, 2011 at 9:12 PM, Kathy Buck <kkbuck [at]> wrote:

> Our coho group Durham Central Park Coho have our land and  architects
> and are  in the process of programming our building. Our site is urban
> located in downtown Durham NC and we are having a discussion about size
> of personal storage space in our common house and I am wondering if your
> community has storage space and if so how many sq ft is allocated to
> each unit and is it separate spaces with walls and locking door or is a
> large open space subdivided with shelves or something else?
> Kathy
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Diane Margolis
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Cambridge, MA 02140
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