Re: affordable cohousing
From: Rob Sandelin (
Date: Sun, 27 Sep 2009 20:43:26 -0700 (PDT)
Yes all were permitted. In Snohomish County you can use recycled building
materials and there is no minimum size to a self built/financed residence,
it's the banks who make you build a house worth 2.5 times your lot.  Also
any living unit without running water under 200 square feet does not require
a permit.


-----Original Message-----
From: Grace Kim [mailto:grace [at]] 
Sent: Sunday, September 27, 2009 8:22 PM
To: cohousing-l [at]
Subject: [C-L]_ affordable cohousing

Thanks Rob!
It's good to have the additional context.
Although I too wonder about the code implications of self built
projects- were they engineered or permitted?

And I encourage others to share similarly.  Also I'd encourage everyone to
complete the survey even if you didn't end up with affordable units in the

grace h. kim
schemata workshop
(sent via mobile messaging)
> From: "Rob Sandelin" <floriferous [at]
> I filled out the survey but it didn't really cover how we operate and 
> since there is strong bias against lot development in cohousing 
> circles I thought it was at least worth mentioning that lot 
> development allows people to build their own homes, using recycled 
> free materials, and alternative designs at very low cost.  We have two 
> residences which are very small and cost less than $40,000 including 
> the cost of the lot.  We have another which is owner built which cost 
> less than $120,000 to build. Of course there are some hugely expensive 
> homes built here as well but we do have a good mix, and some of the 
> larger homes host our 10 rental apartments which also provide 
> opportunities for non-owners to live here.
> Rob Sandelin
> Out in the woods of Sharingwood
> Snohomish County, WA
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