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We have an office at Takoma Village in Washington DC. We are one of the larger communities with 43 households and almost 100 residents. Smaller communities may need only a corner of a room but I can’t imagine not having a central place for business records, etc. Not all our records are in our...
Views since 5/2014: 2,248
Off my usual topic of governance but this was a response to a question from a new community that I thought might be helpful to all new communities, and some settled ones. What should we buy of the kitchen? On small appliances: At 14 years we still have donations and have just started buying more...
Views since 5/2014: 4,548
What is a common house? For many, the first instinct is to think of it as a community building. Indeed, a common house shares many of the aspects of a community building: it is a place to gather in large groups, to eat together in a community, to share child care and other common facilities. But...
Views since 5/2014: 2,993
Architectural review policies are generally hard to write, partly because we have very different housing experiences when we move into cohousing and partly because we don't know how to talk about architecture or colors.. The process touches on understanding how to live in a jointly owned or managed...
Views since 5/2014: 3,775
What are the most important considerations when designing the kitchen and dining room in a common house? The kitchen and "great room" are the two most important spaces in a common house, they should feel like a natural extension of each individual home. Your community can begin to create this...
Views since 5/2014: 4,797
Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) welcomes guests to a Casablanca party at Doyle Street Cohousing in Emeryville, CA. (Photo by Evangeline Welch) Editor's note: This list first appeared in our Fall 2001 issue. Cohousers across the U.S. offered the diverse list of suggestions below. Wine-...
Views since 5/2014: 1,890

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