Re: Non-developer building?
Date: Thu, 8 Apr 2010 04:58:40 -0700 (PDT)
Here in Venice, FL our group is planning a lot development plan for a land 
condominium.  Each cohouser will be responsible for his/her 
construction/permanent financing for the construction of their individual 
homes.  We envision a cluster of small, free-standing cottages, and the 
cohousers will have a  choice from a limited number of models.  We've agreed 
upon a "Florida Cracker" or "Key West" type of cottage with metal roofs.   
Cohousers, will, of course, be able to chose some material upgrades and 
individualize their homes, but the construction cost will be affected by their 
choices - our models will start out very basic.  

Cohousers must sign a construction contract at the time that they buy their 
condominium space, and they will all be using the same contractor who will 
build all the homes at the same time.  Ours is a small project of 20 homes, so 
it isn't quite as complicated as a larger project might be.  Our 
contractor/developer has a much better handle on these things, and I could 
refer to him any more specific questions which you might have.  It is critical 
that the cohousers sign a construction contract when they purchase their condo 
spaces and that one, single contractor is selected to build all the homes.  
Best of luck with your community.

Van Deist

> Date: Wed, 7 Apr 2010 05:34:55 -0700
> From: nickittynic [at]
> To: cohousing-L [at]
> Subject: [C-L]_ Non-developer building?
> Hello all,
> I'm a part of a [very] new group in Maryland, and we were wondering if there 
> were any cohousing communities where individual member households were 
> responsible for the construction of their own homes, vs using a standard 
> developer, construction company, and set of house plans?
> At the current time (this may change, of course) due to wide differences in 
> our desires for types and styles of houses (and definitely no one wanting to 
> tell someone else how their house can and can't be), we would like for each 
> household to be able to build what they want. 
> Besides possibly higher costs, are there any inherent problems with this? 
> Thanks in advance,
> Nicole
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