Re: Design review
From: Laura Fitch (
Date: Mon, 10 Jun 2013 13:15:49 -0700 (PDT)

You can find lots of information (including the design review policy for
pioneer Valley cohousing, page 12) in this document that I created for the
National Cohousing Association.

If you find this or other resources helpful, please consider going to the
home page and clicking on the "donate now" button!  

And if you want to learn still more, come to the NE regional Cohousing
Summit on Sept. 28th in Cambridge, MA.  Registration will be on home page

Laura Fitch, AIA, LEED BD+C
Kraus-Fitch Architects, Inc.
lfitch [at]

-----Original Message-----
From: Wayne Tyson [mailto:landrest [at]] 
Sent: Sunday, June 09, 2013 10:31 AM
To: Cohousing-L
Subject: Re: [C-L]_ Design review

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
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> Sharon Villines, Washington DC
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> have any..." Alice Walker
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