Re: How big is too big (for a house)
From: Jessie Kome (
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:53:28 -0700 (PDT)

Have you talked to the folks at Arcadia Cohousing in Carrboro, NC? They have 
years of experience with a community with a range of house sizes and they might 
be able to offer some insight.

Your question raises another issue. Here at Eastern Village, we have a larger 
range of unit sizes and household income levels than is typical for a condo 
community, and in the early days we struggled with making decisions about money 
and projects. So I also suggest that you start discussions about how to talk 
about money early because it sounds as if you are going to have a range of 
incomes and ideas about money. In my experience, you will need to create a 
common understanding about how community projects will get funded. Do the 
people providing the funds decide? Does everyone kick in to a common kitty and 
the community decides ( as happens during development)? There are a lot of good 
discussions on this listserv about budget games and other ideas.

-Jessie Handforth Kome
Eastern Village Cohousing
Silver Spring, Maryland

> On Mar 22, 2017, at 11:04 AM, Jacob Machina <jakemachina [at]> 
> Should we allow for such a large house in our planning of the community?
> Some members are concerned that such a large home would be out of place
> within the community, or would foster jealousy, or would be very hard to
> sell if/when that household needs to relocate. Other members are of a "live
> and let live" attitude and feel that people should be able to build what
> they want. What have your experiences been with a substantially larger home
> within your community?
> Thanks
> Jake Machina
> Waxhaw Pocket Neighborhood Project, Charlotte NC
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