Creating Cohousing


From the leading authors who brought cohousing to the United States, Creating Cohousing is both your introduction and your manual for creating a life of both independence and connection.


Creating Cohousing

Building Sustainable Communities

by Kathryn McCamant and Charles Durrett

Creating Cohousing: Building Sustainable Communities is an in-depth exploration of cohousing – a uniquely rewarding type of housing which is perfect for anyone who values their independence but longs for more connection with those around them.

Written by the award-winning team that first brought cohousing to North America, this fully-illustrated manual combines nuts-and-bolts practical considerations and design ideas with extensive case studies of dozens of diverse communities in Europe and North America.

Cohousing communities create unique opportunities for designing more sustainable lifestyles. Whether you are seeking…

  • urban, suburban or rural
  • senior or intergenerational
  • retrofit or new

…Creating Cohousing demonstrates that the physical structures of cohousing communities lend themselves to a more efficient use of resources, and make everything from gardening to childcare to socializing easier.

It puts the “neighbor” back into “neighborhood”; and is an essential resource for anyone interested in more environmentally and socially sustainable living.

About the Authors

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: A Contemporary Approach to Housing Ourselves with Kathryn McCamant. He also authored The Senior Cohousing Handbook: A Community Approach to Independent Living.

Kathryn McCamant co-authored Cohousing: A Contemporary Approach to Housing Ourselves and founded McCamant & Durrett Architects and The CoHousing Company. They coined the term “cohousing” for which they are credited in the Oxford English Dictionary. Kathryn founded Cohousing Partners in 2006 with developer Jim Leach.

Together they have designed and developed over 50 cohousing communities.

Want to learn more about cohousing?

Our virtual learning center offers webinars and 5-week courses on topics surrounding cohousing.

From getting started to exploring the future of cohousing, you can deep dive at any stage of your journey.




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