Re: "Neighborhood" Cohousing or "Retrofit" Cohousing
From: Kathryn McCamant (
Date: Fri, 13 Dec 2013 10:33:21 -0800 (PST)
What can I say..... I still like "retrofit cohousing" to describe N Street
like communities... Maybe as an architect I understand that term in a
different way...but I think it describes it as well as any term (and that
most terms when heard for the first time need to be defined for
people--something like "retrofit cohousing which remakes an existing
neighborhood to encourage greater sharing and collaboration"), and also
distinquishes it as something different than newly built cohousing
neighborhood --- but they are all cohousing neighborhoods.

Retrofit Cohousing is a great model for improving American's existing
neighborhoods... I love how they have inspired and integrated into their
larger neighborhoods, (I worked with the two Temescal Communities in
Oakland) and N Street continues to provide inspiration for new communities
looking to this model.


Kathryn McCamant, President, Architect
CoHousing Partners, LLC
241 Commercial Street
Nevada City, CA 95959
T.530.478.1970  C.916.798.4755

On 12/13/13 10:02 AM, "Diana Carroll" <dianaecarroll [at]> wrote:

>The term retrofit implies to me there will be construction as part of the
> taking an existing apartment building, hotel or other large
>building and re-doing the interior to make it cohousing.  That's quite
>different than folks simply buying up properties on the same block.
>If one of the properties were bought as the common house, and construction
>work was done to make that a common house, THAT would be retrofit.  But,
>a renovation contractor, don't you think as far as the houses go, if
>there's no renovation, then the term retrofit doesn't apply?
>On Fri, Dec 13, 2013 at 10:36 AM, Jerry McIntire
><jerry.mcintire [at]>wrote:
>> I have always found Retrofit Cohousing to be a clear description of
>> a cohousing community in existing housing (since I first visited On
>> Concern in its early days in Portland, Oregon). But then, I was a
>> renovation contractor. Somewhere there is a connection...
>> Jerry McIntire
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