Re: Common Laundry Question
From: Richard L. Kohlhaas (
Date: Thu, 15 Nov 2012 16:12:18 -0800 (PST)
At Casa Verde, we were advised by our developer (Wonderland Hill) to have 
washer/dryer hook-ups in every unit, as well as the common house, so we did.

There is one washer and dryer in the common house, although there are hook-ups 
another pair.  Only 4 or 5 households use them now, so one set is adequate.

I have often wondered about the cohousing dogma about common laundry 
Certainly they are needed for at least some households with very small units , 
many think that everyone really should use them.  There is certainly no energy 
savings; the same amount of fuel and water will be used whether common or 
individual.  There is probably little or no savings in capital costs:  with 
more use 
per machine, repairs and eventual replacement costs will be higher for a common 
machine (and they cost more to begin with).

Dick Kohlhaas <rlkohl [at]>
Board Member, Cohousing Association of the US
Resident of  Colorado Springs Cohousing Community at Casa Verde Commons
Completed March 2003. 34 units on 4 acres

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