Residents plan the community together to meet their needs.
The walkways, common house, and common outdoor areas all encourage interaction.
Residents own their own self-contained private retreat, complete with kitchen and bathroom. Consider the common house an extension of your own home, a place where fun happens!
Living in cohousing means everyone participates in managing and maintaining part of the community. Committees will be developed for each aspect of management, such as Social Gatherings, Snow Removal, Gardening, Maintenance, etc.
Cohousing is non-hierarchical and every resident has a voice. The community may have begun with the "burning soul" who envisioned the end result, but another member may spearhead the financing aspect, and yet another may arrange the venue for each meeting. Each member contributes as they feel led, and every voice counts.
This video features several Canadian Cohousing developments. Produced by the Canadian Cohousing Network.
Below are the typical phases for developing a cohousing community. The points may not be inclusive and may occur in a moderately different order. These points provide insight into the process, activities, and commitment needed to build a cohousing community. We are currently on Step #1, and actively seeking like-minded families to join us.
A registered non-profit organization that promotes the creation of cohousing communities as a model for sustainable development by raising public awareness about cohousing and by bringing people together to form communities. The most valuable function of the CCN is making connections with people who are interested in living in a cohousing community. CCN links individuals and cohousing groups together to share resources and make the process of creating a community easier and more economical.
Details many new North American case studies, design principles and sustainable design practices. Why live in cohousing? How to build cohousing? This book provides the answers.
With over 120 cohousing communities now in existence in North America, Katie McCamant and Chuck Durrett bring us a totally updated “must-have” book for cohousers, and anyone interested in creating more people-friendly neighborhoods.
Cohousing offers an end to the isolation of the single family suburban home. Balancing community and personal privacy, cohousing offers a chance to create a modern village in an urban or rural setting. This handbook covers every element that goes into the creation of a cohousing project, including: forming a cohousing group, land acquisition, the development and design process, legal, finance and budget issues, scheduling, planning and marketing, the construction process, permits, approvals and membership.