Re: Inter-generational age-in-place co-housing communities - are there any out there?
From: Patti Lautner (lautnerpgmail.com)
Date: Tue, 29 Sep 2015 15:41:57 -0700 (PDT)
Jamaica Plain cohousing is a multi generational community. We designed the 
community so that we could age in place. All of our units are accessible by 
elevator, and all of the units are wheelchair visitable and adaptable. 

Patti 
JPCohousing Boston, MA

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> On Sep 29, 2015, at 6:33 PM, Sharon Villines <sharon [at] sharonvillines.com> 
> wrote:
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>> On Sep 29, 2015, at 4:45 PM, Jenny Guy <jenstermeister [at] gmail.com> wrote:
>> 
>> I think what happens -- and I'd welcome input from folks experienced in the
>> process -- is, early in the design process the group makes the choice
>> between flats on top of each other, or townhomes with bedrooms upstairs.
> 
> At Takoma Village a number of two floors were switched to flats because there 
> was more demand for flats. Because the design was done in modules, this was 
> relatively easy. (We did get odd kitchens, however.)
> 
> I think it also relates to the presence of stairs, elevator, etc. We have 8 
> with two floors stacked on top of each other (4 stacks). The top duplex has 
> to climb one exterior flight to their foyer, one interior flight to the first 
> floor, and one interior flight to the third floor. If the elevator had gone 
> that far down the green, they could have been flats but otherwise not.
> 
> In a townhouse situation, people like to be home when they enter their front 
> door. It’s more accessible, as well.
> 
> Some people like to  live in two floors so those sleeping upstairs are not 
> bothered by others downstairs. People can have some alone time. Any noise 
> (like music & TV) can be confined to one level — avoid forced sharing or 
> deprivation. The quiet and privacy are the reasons I hear when I ask. 
> 
> I much  prefer a flat and I’ve taken out the bedroom walls so it is more 
> loft-like. Open and light. It looks much more spacious than it is.
> 
> Sharon
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> Sharon Villines
> Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC
> http://www.takomavillage.org
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