|Re: Is Cohousing cheaper?||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: rpdowds (rpdowdscomcast.net)|
|Date: Tue, 1 Jan 2013 13:30:56 -0800 (PST)|
I don't think urban v rural explains much about "savings", or no "savings", in cohousing. If one feels one has more time than money — and also, some strength and skills to make good use of that time — then one can "save" cash by investing hours. This is why amateur do-it-yourselfers build their own decks on the backs of their houses — with varying degrees of success. So what uses up personal / family time? The two demands at the top of the list are (1) a full time job, and (2) kids. If one has both (1) and (2), the amount of "free" time available for building a deck or managing chickens may not seem like a lot. None of this, however, is particular to cohousing, differentiated from normal housing. It's true you can conserve cash by living off the grid (meaning, rural?), but again, this is not an essential feature of cohousing. I'll stick to my assertion of origin. With the possible exception of enhanced sharing of vehicles and appliances, or bulk purchasing — assuming the community can work out the legalities and politics — there is not much reason to anticipate that cohousing will be cheap. RPD ----- Original Message ----- From: "Jerry McIntire" <jerry.mcintire [at] gmail.com> To: cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org Sent: Tuesday, January 1, 2013 1:26:30 PM Subject: Re: [C-L]_ Is Cohousing cheaper? It appears to me that cohousing in large urban areas has a more difficult time being cheaper. The "realities" of land and construction costs are more rigid there. I'm heartened by the experience of CoHo in Corvallis, Oregon where concerted sharing has saved cohousers money. I agree with Sharon, living in such close proximity makes sharing much easier. I will add that sharing in the design, development, and labor of construction can also help lower the cost-- but cohousers must have some room for that work in their lives, or they will not be able to take advantage of such savings. Are urban cohousers unable to save much money in their communities simply because they are more committed to other activities? (This is a sincere, not a rhetorical question.) Jerry www.StonesThrowCommunity.wordpress.com _________________________________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at: http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L/
Re: Is Cohousing cheaper? Jerry McIntire, January 1 2013
- Re: Is Cohousing cheaper? rpdowds, January 1 2013
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