Who can help me form a Cohousing Community?

Because time is the greatest risk when developing a project - and design and construction are complex - tapping into the knowledge of experts is critical. If you need recommendations, let us know!

Most cohousing communities engage the following specialists during the process:

Cohousing Development Consultant

This is typically the first person you’ll hire. They help you get organized and guide you through the complex worlds of property selection, development, community formation, and more.


This is what we do! We’ll:
  • Help you understand the pros & cons of properties you consider purchasing
  • Guide your community through the design process 
  • Lead the team of consulting engineers
  • Create drawings for permitting & construction

Consulting Professionals

We interface with this group, incorporate their expertise, and make sure everyone works together. The group may include the following:
  • Geotechnical Engineer: for soil testing
  • Civil Engineer: for utilities & site-scaled infrastructure
  • Landscape Architect: for plantings, drainage, and outdoor spaces
  • Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, & Fire Protection Engineers: to right-size & design the building systems
  • Structural Engineer: to make sure the building withstands every day loads and major weather events
  • Additional Consultants: Sustainability Consultant, Acoustical Engineer, Lighting Consultant, Specifications Writer, Code Consultant, Cost Estimator, etc


Most cohousing communities partner with a developer to secure their loan. A developer also lends legitimacy to your project in the eyes of banks and other potential investors. The Cohousing Development Consultant will advise you on timing, terms, and more.

General Contractor / Construction Manager (GC / CM)

This is who will build your project. Many communities engage a GC / CM during early design for preconstruction services. This can be an effective way of understanding costs and streamlining design.

Marketing Consultant

To be successful, you’ll need to find interested community members. Marketing consultants specialize in helping you get the word out.

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