It was agreed that cooperation was as necessary in the home as it was in the workplace. The group decided that their housing complex should be small enough to allow residents to know each other and to feel comfortable using the common area as an extended living room.
Danish cohousing remains the gold standard for cohousing worldwide. These places represent the pinnacle of site design, common house design and private house design. Critically, they do so because the residents have proactively set themselves up for long-term success.
Though originally planned for young families, cohousing communities have more and more residents who are single parents, empty nesters, singles and seniors. Not only does cohousing address the social ills of loneliness and isolation, it also provides an effective social services network that our larger society is unable to provide.