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"Architect and author Chuck Durrett's recently released book Senior Cohousing Handbook comes at a time of high interest in greening, sustainable housing and affordable living concerns. Durrett's new book is a comprehensive guide for baby boomers wishing to continue vibrant, active lifestyles." - EPR Real Estate News



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Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by New Society Publishers (first published August 15th 2005)
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Glen Grunau
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
A few months ago we heard about a small group in Quesnel that had started meeting to explore the possibility of establishing a cohousing community. We were immediately interested, attended an initial information meeting in October and this past weekend attended a workshop facilitated by a cohousing resident from the lower mainland of BC.

Although this book is primarily about seniors cohousing, we were told that the detailed participant planning process that is recommended for developing cohousing
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Katie
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good food for thought.

I look forward to using this as a starting point for discussions with others who want to pursue cohousing options. Also interested in reading more about it.
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Charles Durrett is a principal at McCamant & Durrett in Nevada City, CA, a firm that specializes in affordable cohousing. He co-authored the groundbreaking Cohousing with his wife and business partner, Kathryn McCamant. McCamant & Durrett's primary concern is people, their environment and the quality of their lives. The firm works closely with their clients through a unique participatory ...more
“In Denmark, people frustrated by the available housing options developed cohousing: a housing type that redefined the concept of neighborhood to fit contemporary lifestyles. Tired of the isolation and the impracticalities of traditional single-family houses and apartment units, they built housing that combines the autonomy of private dwellings with the advantages of community living. Each household has a private residence, but also shares extensive common facilities with the larger group, including kitchen and dining areas, workshops, laundry facilities, guest rooms, and more.” 1 likes
“Most housing options available for seniors today isolate them and discourage neighborhood atmosphere. There is an alternative. If you are interested in: • Living in a large, social community in your own house. • Participating in the planning of your home. • Experiencing an alternative to institutionalized health care.” 1 likes
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