Re: Affordable Cohousing
From: Marganne Meyer (
Date: Wed, 20 Jan 2010 02:10:54 -0800 (PST)
At 7:50 AM -0400 9/29/09, David Hornick wrote:
Cost of Construction:  Depends greatly upon location.  A home that must be
able to provide a comfortable living environment in the climatic extremes of
the northern US, must cost much more than a home built in  a more temperate
climate such as San Diego where insulation, heating and cooling systems and
landscaping elements are vastly different.    Cohousing that is built in
certain parts of Mexico, requires no insulation and no (or minimal) systems
for heating and cooling.  These areas have year-round temperatures ranging
between 60 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit.

There are many examples of smaller homes built in a sustainable fashion that are easier to heat/cool because fewer square feet are involved. I've actually seen small homes where the owner has built in all sorts of extras which make it feel more 'luxurious'.

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