Introducing Cohousing Cohousing is a term coined by architects Kathryn McCamant and Charles Durrett to describe resident-developed communities that combine the autonomy of private dwellings with the advantages of community living. Homes are usually resident-owned and cluster around a common house with shared facilities. These may include a kitchen and dining room, childrens playrooms, workshops, guest rooms and laundry. Each household is self-sufficient with a complete kitchen, and can choose how much they want to participate in community activities. The residents themselves plan, design and manage their community. Cohousing communities offer an environmentally sensitive design with a pedestrian orientation. They typically range from 15 to 30 households. Intergenerational with mixed family types, its a wonderful place for children to grow up and a great place to retire! There are hundreds of completed cohousing communities in Europe and 20 in North America by June 1995 with 18 more under construction. In addition, there are hundreds of North American groups at various stages of the cohousing development process.