|Re: Affordability Options||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Sharon Villines (sharonsharonvillines.com)|
|Date: Mon, 17 Jun 2019 09:52:12 -0700 (PDT)|
> On Jun 17, 2019, at 9:21 AM, Tom Smyth <tom [at] tomsmyth.ca> wrote: > > Is there a good resource that lists possible strategies for affordable > co-housing? A new phase is planned for Touchstone and the developer is > having trouble lining up buyers and I was thinking there might be some way > to bring in some affordability stuff. Rocky Corner in CT used a housing consultant to help them find government programs. Otherwise, distinguish between “affordable" and "low income.” Affordable is close the average price in the area. Low Income is below that and usually restricted to specified income levels. Otherwise the cost of construction is the cost of construction. It’s expensive. So you have to use less expensive materials and fixtures, simpler designs, and/or come up with an innovative construction and design plan. There are some messages about this in the archives. But other than some small house communities that I don’t think are cohousing, no one has posted anything in the works. Treehugger has good information from time to time. https://www.treehugger.com There are incredible videos of very small apts that convert in various ways so they are bedrooms now and dining rooms then. These are very ingenious but also expensive because everything is built in. There is this wonderful article on a converted school bus. These are sitting on junkyards everywhere. $9,000 but that doesn’t include land or utilities connections. And the owner did most of the work himself. http://www.sharonvillines.com/converted-bus/ Another strategy is selling units with space but undeveloped. A second-floor that looks like an attic to be finished later. Extra bathrooms plumbed to the wall but no fixtures. I would love to see cohousing developed around small houses —particularly since if you need more space you can add another house. They are also very cute. Woodstock has a long tradition of handmade houses. And California. In the 1960s and 70s people just went out and built their own homes. There are books on these but I don’t have names because mine were eaten by mold in a basement storage space. Zoning is a problem but my favorite story was a woman who used the requirements for a boathouse. It was up on piles in a field of wildflowers. The zoning requirements didn’t mention water or boats as requirements. Boathouses on Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/martinbrothers/boathouses/ Keep us posted, Sharon ---- Sharon Villines Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC http://www.takomavillage.org
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