Re: Affordable co-housing? Small Units
From: Maggi Rohde (
Date: Wed, 9 Oct 2002 14:06:03 -0600 (MDT)
On Wed, 9 Oct 2002, Sharon Villines wrote:
> Small spaces will be in great demand.

I believe this will be the case in our community particularly
because we are adjacent to two other communities, neither of which
have very many one-bedroom units.

> Living in a community with a commonhouse where one can spread out
> when guests come or they are working on a special project is
> perfect for small units. In fact, with small units people will use
> the commonhouse more.

This is assuming one's community is OK with having the commonhouse
used by people who are not part of the community.  I think each
community is different on this issue.

> One problem will be that if you use a developer or contractor who
> is inexperienced with cohousing they will want to put less nice
> stuff in the smaller units and better quality stuff in the large
> units "where people expect it" was the phrase used by one
> contractor.

We are using modular construction (Royal Homes), so the quality of
the stuff in each unit will be up to the person living there.
As for closets -- yes, definitely!  I am also gunning for pull-down
stairs to attic storage.  =)

Thanks for your comments!

Maggi Rohde, Library/Media Specialist
Allen Elementary School, Ann Arbor, MI
        maggi [at]
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