|Re: Renovations guidelines||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: R Philip Dowds (rpdowdscomcast.net)|
|Date: Sat, 28 Jun 2014 09:05:10 -0700 (PDT)|
Sharon’s response is pretty thorough, and I feel no need to embellish it with further detail. But I will venture out on another tack … Cohousing communities tend to feature a can-do, do-it-yourself attitude — and since they are mostly forged in the very hot, sometimes very painful fire of self-development, this attitude has, in large measure, been earned and validated. And yet I think even well-run communities are too quick to pooh-pooh paying for professional services. I never cease to be amazed at the number of householders who would never even try to be their own dentists, but who expect to be their own architects. Early in my architectural career, I did a lot of residential remodeling. My sales pitch to potential customers was this: If you have $100K* to spend on remodeling your house, you will be MUCH happier if you spend $10K on an architect and $90K on a builder, than if you skip the design and spend $100K on the builder alone. Some homeowners believed me and hired me, and on the whole, things usually went well. Some did not believe me and did not hire me. I do not know what happened to them, but I am not optimistic. R Philip Dowds AIA Cornerstone Cohousing Cambridge, MA * This was in the ‘80s, when $100K was still serious money. On Jun 28, 2014, at 11:40 AM, Sharon Villines <sharon [at] sharonvillines.com> wrote: > From Monty Bruce, Vancouver Cohousing, currently under development: >> >> Renovations to residential units. We are working to develop some >> guidelines and rules for renovations. Has any cohousing group >> developed guidelines in this regard? Any help is appreciated. > > I starte writing a response and decided to put it in my blog on the > Cohousing.org site. So two hours later see: > > http://cohousing.org/node/2336 > > For Architectural Review Policies: Plan-Implement-Measure > > I keep writing emails because they are faster but sometimes a blog entry is > more widely useful. > > Sharon
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