Re: Enclosed yards
From: Alan O'Hashi (
Date: Thu, 28 Jan 2021 06:33:28 -0800 (PST)
If you are in the planning stages, now is the time to think about limited 
common space which is the community space that each owner has control over. At 
my place we could have made the front limited common space more flexible. There 
is the porch area and then some common space that extends to the sidewalk. All 
the front porches are concrete. There's ample room for a dog to wander around a 
bit, but not run free. There is also the additional maintenance, but that is a 
given for dog owners. We used to have a dog, another option is portable grass. 
I saw this product on Shark Tank that is squares of lawn designed for small 
spaces like in NYC condos.

alan o

Alan O'Hashi 
Get Up Off the Couch
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    On Thursday, January 28, 2021, 04:16:31 AM MST, cohousing-l-request [at] <cohousing-l-request [at]> wrote:  

Hi all

Our cohousing community is in the design stage and right now I am thinking
about enclosed yards for dog owners.

Is this something that you have in your plans?

As a dog owner, I would personally find it very difficult to have an easy
quality of life if I didn't have the ability to let my dogs out for their
first pee just before my morning coffee. And our pet policy doesn't allow
dogs to run free in the Common Green outside our front doors. I wouldn't
want this anyway. There won't be a back yard as no back doors for
passive house requirements.

Eager to hear how other cohousing communities deal with this issue.

Best wishes,

Mandy Parry
Treehouse Village Ecohousing

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