Re: How big is too big (for a house)
From: Catya Belfer (
Date: Fri, 14 Apr 2017 07:55:02 -0700 (PDT)
For what it's worth, my house is a Large 3 Bedroom in Liz's community -
It's 1400 sq foot plus basement and attic, and we're a multigenerational
family plus roommates.

It's not the square footage so much as how you use the space.

     - cat

Catya Belfer   -
Technical Director   -
Cohousing in MA -

On Wed, Mar 22, 2017 at 11:04 AM, Jacob Machina <jakemachina [at]>

> We're a cohousing community forming in Charlotte NC, and some of our
> prospective members have very different ideas about what size homes we
> should have within our community. Our current vision for the community is a
> mix of small to medium single-family detached  homes (1100-2300 sq ft) a
> few triplex multi-family townhouses, and a few concrete pads for siting
> mobile tiny homes (<500 sq ft).
> One interested member would like to build substantially larger than the
> currently envisioned largest home (would ideally be ~3500 sq ft) to support
> having a multi-generational single family home with enough space to suit
> their tastes (they currently live in a 5000 sq ft house in a very nice
> neighborhood).
> 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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