Re: management services vs self-management at the building stage
From: Michael Mariano (
Date: Thu, 7 May 2015 23:56:33 -0700 (PDT)
For forming communities in British Columbia please keep in mind that our 
architecture studio can be a resource and we're just south of the border down 
in Seattle, and regularly up north visiting friends and family. No big egos in 
our office, and we're happy to collaborate or consult in whatever capacity is 
in the best interest of your group.

My partner, Grace Kim, will be presenting a session at the National Conference. 
Please say hello if you're from the Cascadia region and would like to connect.

Where we just poured (today!) the second level concrete deck of our five floor, 
mixed-use, cohousing community:<>

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Date: Tue, 05 May 2015 21:24:56 -0700
From: John Carver <jcarver [at]<mailto:jcarver [at]>>
Subject: Re: [C-L]_ management services vs self-management at the
   building stage

Unfortunately none of the above, including the architects, were
cohousing experienced, and our little clutch of would-be cohousers were
not development experienced, which made for a rough learning pathway.
Mistakes were made, some of them quite costly. That said, I think I can
say we are generally happy with the result, but most would agree we
would have done better with the right professionals.

Being in Vancouver you have access to good experienced resource people.
Reach out to the other cohousing groups in the area for their suggestions.

John Carver
Pacific Gardens Cohousing Community, Nanaimo, BC

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