Re: To HIre or Not to Hire a Cohousing Consultant?
From: Lynn Nadeau / Maraiah (
Date: Mon, 22 Apr 2019 13:44:24 -0700 (PDT)
There are distinct advantages to working with knowledgeable professionals such 
as McCamant and Durrett. If you have the money to do so, it will save you a lot 
of time. That said, if you have more time than money, RoseWind Cohousing in 
Port Townsend WA is proof that it is possible to do a lot yourselves, if you 
have the time, energy, and some of the skills. Especially now that there are so 
many built communities, from whom one can learn much, and written and on-line 

Our first few families found the land and arranged for its purchase over time. 
Back in 1989 we had few other communities to consult, but did learn much from 
Winslow Cohousing. We laid out our land and went through all the steps in a 
Planned Unit Development Proposal, required to re-plat the land into our site 
plan. Four years later, with an additional handful of members on board, we had 
the PUD approved, having learned more about city planning than we ever thought 
we'd need to know. Over time, new buy-ins provided the money for installing the 
infrastructure, and then for building the common house. 

We designed the common house ourselves, and contracted building it, with lots 
of volunteer work in the mix. 

We still have many of our original members, and feel we have a solid good thing 
going here!

Maraiah Lynn Nadeau

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