Re: Design review
From: Wayne Tyson (
Date: Sun, 9 Jun 2013 07:30:58 -0700 (PDT)
Contractors make their BIG money on change orders.


----- Original Message ----- From: "Sharon Villines" <sharon [at]>
To: "Cohousing-L" <cohousing-l [at]>
Sent: Sunday, June 09, 2013 7:18 AM
Subject: Re: [C-L]_ Design review

On Jun 9, 2013, at 9:25 AM, T William Smith <twswdwrkr [at]> wrote:

Although we have not yet completed construction,
folks are already planning changes, improvements or additions to their
houses.  Clearly, we need a Design Review process, and sooner than later!
Do any of you have reccomendations of how to proceed?

We don't have a good one and what we have is not enforced. As time goes by, there is less and less attention paid to even the idea of over all design standards. Those who moved in after 3-4 years have no connection to any of the initial discussions about design that consciously or unconsciously guide the actions of the original members.

So all I have is advice. Get some standards fast. Start with all the principles you used to make the initial decisions. We didn't write ours down so they no longer exist.

Have a feature that triggers review automatically because no one will want to be the policeman themselves.

Don't say that only "permanent" changes need review. Nothing is permanent.

I happened to care a lot about design and to believe that clean design contributes to a more peaceful and orderly community. 80% of the people in the world, even in cohousing have not a clue that such a belief even exists, much less shares it. Or agrees on what clean design is.

Sharon Villines, Washington DC
"The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any..." Alice Walker

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