Pilot House

Last updated: July 29, 2014 (1 year ago)

Listing created on: July 1, 2011

Pilot House

(Cincinnati, Ohio, United States)

  • Status: Forming
  • Started Planning: 2011
  • Start Living Together: 2011
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Contact Name: Jim Drommond
  • Phone: 513-828-2930
  • Address:
    3112 W Eighth Street
    Cincinnati, Ohio, 45205
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Please email me a few days ahead and provide your contact info so I can discuss your interests and make any necessary arrangements to meet with you.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

Sustainable Living Practices

Community Description:

Pilot House offers household members an opportunity to help develop a co-op styled residence aligned with alternative intentional eco-community models. Partnering in this project currently involves actively contributing to remodeling designs for a three story house with five rooms available for use as personal spaces, plus various additional common areas. Some small scale food production is being implemented here, and at another property nearby where part of our yard space is dedicated to a local CSA project.
A basic premise for Pilot House is that Intentional Community is a personal adventure that explores real frontiers of human social experience and that Community must therefore be intentionally accomplished. An open conversation policy provides our basis for organizing community process, addressing individual interests, evaluating our progress, and meeting the challenges in a cooperative living arrangement.
There are no philosophical or devotional practices required of members in this community, however an honest respect for any chosen by others is essential, and personal practices must not impose on others.
Anyone interested in visiting with us is welcome anytime. Shorter term living arrangements can be made on an individual basis. Resident guests here pay $120 while completing an assigned work contribution of 30 hours over a month, providing an opportunity to explore your interest in partnering in this project.
An underlying interest of this project is to define and build a working financial model of community that benefits from shared equity practices and property held in common. This model is oriented to resolving the economic and material demands imposed by our established dominant society, advancing individual opportunities to fully explore life’s greater offerings. All continuing household members make on-going, agreed upon contributions of the money and work resources needed to build out operational elements of this community, creating their own specific opportunities for equitable co-ownership positions in it
Adding a second property to our community structure now allows organizing it around Pilot House being purposed mainly for residences, with our newer location providing a community house, additional room for micro farming, and association with an urban eco village there adjacent to a private nature preserve.
Please accept my invitation, if you like, to help advance a work in progress, and further chart its course.


  • Adult Members: 2
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Parental preference honored

Social Factors


  • Type: Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability.), Shared Housing (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling.)
  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: However, I will generally lead our start up efforts

    Residents manage the household and co-direct development of the project

    Established members meet in council to chart our course

Land and Buildings

  • Area: 0.1 acres
  • Land owned by: A subgroup of community members
  • Current Number of Residences: 2
  • Current renewable energy generation: Determined by Individuals or Households.
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Energy sources: Connected to the Grid

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes


  • Required Labor Contribution: 0


  • Additional Comments: We share expenses equally

    We share in chores and upkeep

    Improvements are financed by building shared equity



  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%


  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Mostly Vegetarian


  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.


  • Tobacco Use: No~ this community does not permit tobacco use.



Co-op, ecovillage

We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.
Bryan Bowan Architects California Cohousing International Communes Desk ICSA NICA Wolf Creek Lodge