Re: To HIre or Not to Hire a Cohousing Consultant?
Date: Mon, 22 Apr 2019 09:15:07 -0700 (PDT)
Before I joined our still forming community the group had fired its first 
architect (could not design less expensive units) and developer/consultant and 
new ones were on board. I think that says something  about a group that  is 
willing to do the unpleasant part to get to the good part. The consultant knew 
his business and the day we closed on our land I was told he earned every penny 
we ever paid him. He knew all about city building codes and who to work with. I 
can't imagine what it would have been without him.  We were his first cohousing 
Karen Carlson
Arboretum Cohousing
Madison Wi
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On Apr 21, 2019, at 2:29 PM, Sharon Villines via Cohousing-L <cohousing-l [at]> wrote:

>> On Apr 21, 2019, at 3:02 PM, frances woolison <franceswoolison [at] 
>>> wrote:
>> Our group has been busy, mostly working on marketing and recruiting new 
>> members.  After a year of limited success, we feel like we’re going in 
>> circles. How do we know what this project will cost? When should we 
>> incorporate? How do we keep the interest of individuals who come to our 
>> information sessions, and those who become associates?  How and when do we 
>> set up equity memberships?  And the big question, should we hire a cohousing 
>> consultant?  
> My hunch, and I would like others to weigh in on this, is that the hard parts 
> are in finding land and the construction process. There are judgement calls 
> about the people part but you can only do what you can do. There are many 
> people who can advise you on this — Ann Zabaldo could work with you on Zoom, 
> for example.
> Finding land and doing construction is different. I’m wondering if a local 
> _experienced_ construction manager could be helpful working with someone who 
> is experienced with cohousing development.
> Sharon
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> Sharon Villines
> Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC
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