Goal:

  • To make personal space more personal, more affordable, more engaging.
  • To allocate 70% or more of resources to a rich and diverse group space.
  • To allocate more time to relationships and community by reducing the cost of personal space.
  • To make it as easy as possible for anyone to build something small, tasteful and safe (see below).

Strategy:

  • An engineer/architect hired by the community will pre-design and engineer 12 different styles of homes that can be built in various forms.
  • The typical individual would have 120sq. ft. of personal space that they build themselves or pay to have built (cash-flow in the community).
  • Anyone can build a larger home if they can afford it.
  • Anyone can build on up to 300 sq. ft. of land as part of basic membership and can buy more land to build a bigger home on if approved.
  • Do-it-yourself videos and instructions are made for each of the approved home-designs.
  • The community may wish to buy both a concrete shotcrete sprayer and a waterproofing membrane liner for using aircrete and shotcrete in curved designs.
  • The typical house has electricity (metered) and heat (radiant from a central source or electric) while all other amenities are public.

Protocols:

  • Personal housing is designated as part of community planning.
  • The full resources for living in the community for one year must be submitted, along with an exit strategy prior to home-building commencing.
  • Anyone can own a community home but occupation must be contingent on full community participation.
  • Finances are structured to facilitate lifestyle and well-being, with maximum profits of 10% for short-term loans and 6% for long-term loans.
  • All noise to be within the hours of 10am-3pm daily for personal construction and noisy personal activities unless approved by everyone within earshot, with priority on quiet methods of construction.
  • Someone joining can choose their location.
  • The land is owned by the community and leased to the individual in seven year cycles that can be renewed.
  • Everyone is approved for the 12 or so standard designs, but can seek community support for something different using the voting feature in the app.
  • Larger and/elaborate buildings are permitted on the basis of community contribution so that the 70/30 principle stays consistent - a kind of tax on bigger houses.
  • When building a house someone can:
  • Partner in labor with other members in trade.
  • Get a loan from a community member and sometimes the community.
  • Do the work themselves.
  • Hire community members who want to build it.
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