Size/space issues in private units
From: Maggi Rohde (
Date: Mon, 14 Feb 2000 10:55:41 -0700 (MST)
On Sun, 13 Feb 2000, Robert Wiener wrote:
> "Housism" is pretty ingrained in our society, and the shape, size,
> style, etc. of our houses is still so important - though cohousing
> teaches us that it is really the community that matters.

This is an issue for me and my family right now, and I would appreciate
comments and suggestions. 

We currently are getting ready to make a major move, and are looking for
jobs in a variety of areas.  I have been enthusiastic about living in
community for some years. My husband, though new to the idea, appreciates
the value of community and is willing to explore options.  Cohousing
sounds very appealing to him.

However, he is very concerned about the size of most personal units in
cohousing developments.  He likes space, and is used to owning a home with
plenty of room for his music studio and for entertaining friends.  

I have tried to explain how the smaller size of personal units is
compensated by the additional common space, but he's still uncertain.  How
can I convince him that cohousing would afford him enough space for his
own pursuits?  And -- would it?  

Oh, and as a side note, if you are enthusiastic about your small town
(under 100k) near a university and would like to suggest we consider
looking for jobs (public school teacher and librarian) there, we'd *love*
to hear from you. Thanks.

Maggi Rohde and Glenn Simon
maggi [at]

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