|Re: housing options- diverse can work||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Lynn Nadeau (welcomeolympus.net)|
|Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2000 00:24:43 -0700 (MST)|
I can't tell you what the impact of diverse housing is on the development aspect of the project. I'm sure others will address that. But I can address the "psychological" part. I can reassure you that diverse levels of size or fanciness or style don't need to have any effect at all on community. At RoseWind we are about as diverse as you can get, being a lot development model. Some of us live in 800 sq feet, and others in 3000 sq feet. (At Sharingwood, another lot development model, one fellow lives in a 10x10 ft cabin, among big fancy houses.) Some have cedar siding, some plywood; some have oak floors, some cement, some have gargoyles and carvings and wild fantasy bits, and others are stark plain. A dome lives next to a stucco, to a stick-frame, to a strawbale. Doesn't make any difference in how we treat each other. We respect each other's choices. Another way our diverse housing works, is that those of us with larger houses can host gatherings, or guests --- and my basement seems to be a magnet for people's bulky computer-shipping boxes! So it seems the question is, is there a simple way to move the burden of extra time and money to the person for whom additional features are worth it? If they pay for the difference, what difference should it make to the others? Visual variety is pleasant for everybody. Variety of house sizes and types also increases the breadth of market for eventual resales--- some people will only buy something small and simple, and others will only buy larger or fancier. Communities also sometimes experience eventual swapping around among members -- after some years, some families shrink, others grow, but people still want to stay in the community. Different size units are useful that way. Good luck- Lynn Nadeau RoseWind Cohousing, Port Townsend (We may be "slo-track" but the drywall is going up in the common house, and our last two lots are about to be bought! )
- Re: housing options- diverse can work Lynn Nadeau, February 9 2000
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