Re: Variations on low cost housing
From: Ann Zabaldo (
Date: Wed, 21 May 2008 11:54:46 -0700 (PDT)
Hello all!

I've been following the various threads on affordability and I'm
fascinated by the questions and suggestions.

So I have a suggestion!

This is a conversation that needs a very wide airing and some
intensive "debate."

I STRONGLY ... nay, URGENTLY ... suggest you attend the upcoming
cohousing conference in Waltham MA June 12-15.  There are at least
FOUR workshops dealing w/ affordability including one by Brad Gunkel
on "Affordable Rental Cohousing."  (Hi Brad!)

And then there are FIVE workshops dealing w/ "Green &  Sustainable"
design which can result in lower maintenance costs and energy bills.

Check out the conference offerings on

Come to the conference!

Ann Z.

Ann Zabaldo
Takoma Village Cohousing
Washington, DC
Principal, Cohousing Collaborative, LLC
McLean, VA
Voice 703-663-3911
Fax 202-291-8594

On Mon, May 19, 2008 at 5:36 PM, Rod Lambert
<rod [at]> wrote:
> Getting it Built affordably,
> A suggestion for a different approach:
> The group avails itself of the manager's buying power/discounts at local
> suppliers without markup. It also benefits from their ability to get
> quality subtrades when needed and at good prices. The group also can
> exercise the option of sweat equity which can be a major affordability
> strategy, although as already observed, major involvement works better
> with those who have some building experience. Three of the houses here
> were built by owners with many others having substantial inputs
> including two strawbale homes.
> And this approach still allowed others to ask for virtual turnkey homes
> – "call me when its done".
> Marganne wrote:
> (I'm really not trying to pick a fight here... REALLY. I'm trying to
> find a way for people like myself to gain the advantages of living in
> community...or understand the reason why we can't.)
> Cheers!
> Marganne>>
> (Running away and ducking down)

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