Re: Advice Needed: Repainting the community after 12 years in residence
From: Elizabeth Magill (
Date: Thu, 15 Apr 2010 19:24:58 -0700 (PDT)
Mosaic had a palette of five colors to choose from, selected by our architect, and, SHOCKINGLY not including purple (which was the one color many in the community had their heart set on). Then a team put colors on houses based on each persons first and second choices and distribution throughout the community.

Camelot had a long list of colors to choose from and households got their choice. That included more than one version of "blue" which, in my mind, was clearly the recipe for disaster.

So I was a little shocked to discover that both systems really worked very well, and both communities look great.

(Camelot and Mosaic are two Coho groups built on the same land and marketed as "sawyerhill ecovillage". I'm in Mosaic.)

Elizabeth Magill
Some red homes still available.
Berlin, MA.

On Apr 15, 2010, at 5:00 PM, Muriel Kranowski wrote:

Sharon has ably pointed out all the aggravation involved in selecting
exterior colors.  I couldn't believe how long and contentious our
discussions on this issue were. There is no financial difference amongst
different color schemes to push the decision in any direction - it is
completely subjective, highly personal, even emotional. Color certainly
creates a mood or an atmosphere, and you'll be looking at these house
colors every day.

A consultant could be very helpful, if people can let go of any color
scheme that they might have already thought about and decided they LOVED
before group discussion began.


At 03:57 PM 4/15/2010, you wrote:
Another process that I didn't hear about until our process was
approved, was to hire a color consultant who proposed three sets of
colors for the community to choose amongst, with prior consensus that
these were the only three sets of options. Choose one.

I think that would have been _much_ less work and perhaps have
resulted in a more cohesive palette. We would have been relying on the
designer having seen the colors on other buildings and known they

Sharon Villines
Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC

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