|Re: Cohousing-L Digest, Vol 94, Issue 39 Unit selection process||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: G/P Looney-Burman (burloonfresnocohousing.org)|
|Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2011 08:47:06 -0800 (PST)|
When we were in the early design phase, about 2 years before construction began, we had 12 households committed to the project (by contributing a $1000 deposit); this was out of the 28 units that would be available. At that point, each household decided if they wanted a 2, 3, or 4 BR home, but the specific unit location was not determined. Based on that mix of unit sizes, and from experience with previous cohousing developments by the architect, the final mix of unit sizes for all 28 was determined, so that the overall site plan could be drawn up. After the final schematic plans were approved, several months before construction was planned to start, the actual unit selection process took place: Seniority was established by the date that each household paid their deposit, and then the households met separately by unit size (i.e. all the 2 BR households together, etc.). At these meetings, based on seniority, households picked the specific unit they wanted. Out of the 12 households, I think there was only one case where two households who had the same seniority date wanted the same unit. These two households met separately and resolved their selection, amicably. After that, each household made a non-refundable deposit of at least 5% of the anticipated sales price of their unit. Households joining after the initial selection could choose from the remaining units, first-come-first-served, and also made the non-refundable deposit. Once the units were selected, and some months after construction began, households were allowed to select options, from a prescribed list, for things like flooring types and colors, counter surfaces, washer/dryer connections, etc. The unit selection process worked well, but in retrospect I think the option choices should have been more restrictive as some of these have led to maintenance issues. George Burman La Querencia, Fresno, CA
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