|Re: Cost estimates||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Marganne Meyer (margannemacnexus.org)|
|Date: Tue, 16 Feb 2010 01:37:50 -0800 (PST)|
At 10:00 AM -0500 2/14/10, Sharon Villines wrote:
We have had tons of complaints about our construction but aside for some poor design issues, other developers have consistently said, Oh, that always happens.I once thought that having new construction would avoid all the problems of old houses. And need no renovations. Wrong. Completelywrong.
Yep. Big advantage to an existing building where a lot of the surprises already are known and built.
Guess it's just me personally having a problem with developers consistently saying, "Oh, that always happens." Why would someone buying a home have to eat the expense if the contractor installed the wrong flooring? I wouldn't want to sign a contract with any developer who said I had to pay for mistakes they make. I'd want that spelled out in the contract up front. Maybe that's not what some people a used to doing. But that doesn't make it acceptable.
That's why I was asking about projects that come in under budget and within the time frame.I might depend on what values and goals are set by members. If a big increase in cost for a variety of things was acceptable to some but not to others, I wouldn't think it would make a good fit for cohousing.
It's another good reason I couldn't afford to buy into a $200,000 home. On top of that would be the common house and common utility upgrades, then at least a 25% overrun. It means more of a $300,000 price for building in cohousing. If the project was set up for Elder Housing, that would also add a big chunk more up front.
I think that's why a project that allows for sweat equity makes more sense for lower income people. If you had a small prefab house that cost $50,000, maybe the final expenses would be well under $100,000?
I also was thinking that for people who don't need a large living space, building a small house combined with a common house makes even more sense. There are all sorts of things that can be taken out of your small house (take a washer and dryer please) and be used communally in the common house.
- Re: Options [was the concept of cohousing v. actual cohousing], (continued)
- Re: Options [was the concept of cohousing v. actual cohousing] Jessie Kome, February 13 2010
- Re: Options [was the concept of cohousing v. actual cohousing] Sharon Villines, February 13 2010
- Cost estimates Marganne Meyer, February 14 2010
- Re: Cost estimates Sharon Villines, February 14 2010
- Re: Cost estimates Marganne Meyer, February 16 2010
- Re: Cost estimates Matt Lawrence, February 16 2010
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- Re: Cost estimates Robert Heinich, February 14 2010
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