911214 B.C. Ltd. (dba Nelson Cohousing), is incorporated and in good standing under the laws of British Columbia. The corporation has a detailed Shareholders Agreement, a Risk Disclosure Statement, an Inter-Lender Agreement, a Loan Agreement, and Debentures in place. Upon full subscription, the corporation will have 24 equal shareholders, who represent the 24 homes that are being built in the development. The shareholders will become members of a strata corporation once construction is complete.


Our Builder is Dave Sowiak of Go2Builders, Nelson BC.  Selection of Go2Builders followed an exhaustive pre-qualification process, engaging 5 potential builders, and founded in two basic requirements: 1. extensive experience in the cost savings associated with production multi-family residential construction. 2. sufficient financial depth to stand behind a fixed price contract. Go2Builders exceeds this criteria. They were the builder/developer of four recent residential developments in Nelson: Radio 7 (7 units), The Graine (17 units), Silver Bay & Amber Bay (92 units). Other major projects include 132 units at Mountain Lakes Seniors Facility. Go2Builders commenced construction on our site November 18th 2013.

Project Manager


Project Manager – Stephan Martineau is the founder and president of Next Step Integral, an international Stephan-thumbnail1-e13061302126811organization that works in the areas of community development, education, parenting, and ecology. Mr. Martineau is skilled in managing large-scale projects. He has designed and led educational events for ecologists, community builders, educators and parents internationally.

Mr. Martineau’s professional background is in watershed management, ecosystem-based planning and community development. He is co-founder, president and business manager of the Slocan Integral Forestry Cooperative (SIFCo), a resident-based cooperative that manages a 35,000 acre community forest in the Slocan Valley. In this capacity, he successfully spearheaded a multi-stakeholder forestry business in one of BC’s most contentious areas in regards to forestry practices in Canada. He has been involved in the development of forestry co-ops, tenants-in-common land ownership agreements and non-profit societies. Mr. Martineau also owns Ecozy – a microhome building company that specializes in small footprint, mobile, custom-made homes and studios.  In 1992, at the age of 24 he founded and integrally informed intentional community, where he lived for 10 years.  He currently lives in the Slocan Valley with his wife and 10-year old daughter where they home-school, garden and enjoy the outdoors.

Studio 9 Architecture

Steven Kaup, Principal Architect and Owner, MAIBC, MRAIC, AIA, LEED. Steven’s background includes a StevenBachelor’s degree in Fine Art and Journalism, Master’s training in Construction Management, and a Masters degree in Architecture. This experience is fortified with over 10 years sharpening his building skills as a carpenter and contractor in New Mexico and Colorado. Steven’s passions encompass a wide view of architecture as not only a professional service, but a life process. Be it participating as a community member, outdoor enthusiast, or as an agent of positive change for people experiencing built environments, Steven can be best summarized by a comment made in 1998 by his sculpture instructor, Gary Voss; ‘Steven is a leader who guides by example.’

Nelson Rocha, Architecture Intern. Nelson was raised like any typical boy from a Portuguese family; wearing a Nelsonpowder blue, 3-piece suit to school and doodling endlessly in class. His passion for design and architecture evolved out of a background in drawing and interest in several creative pursuits including mixed media sculpture, painting, woodworking, metal work and industrial design. A Masters degree in Architecture at the University of British Columbia has cultivated a more exploratory approach to Nelson’s design process merging his interest in ecologically sensitive design and lifestyle choices with a response to social and cultural inspiration. During his degree Nelson studied in Santiago, Chile to gain a new perspective and further expand his experience of architecture in the academic and physical realms. His studies concluded in 2009 with a thesis project that explored how architecture could become a catalyst to promote cycling in Vancouver. Today, Nelson’s design process continues to evolve, deriving inspiration from the natural surroundings in Nelson, BC and nourishing an environmentally mindful philosophy on design and building systems.

Design Architect – Charles Durrett, is an award-winning California architect credited with bringing the cohousing concept to North America. Mr. Durrett designed Muir Commons, the very first cohousing community in North America ( Since then, he has designed over fifty cohousing developments in Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Denver, Salt Lake City, St. Louis, Atlanta, Dallas, Tucson, Berkeley, Telluride, and Auckland. Mr. Durrett’s work has been featured in Time Magazine, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Architecture, and a wide variety of other publications.

Although best known for his work designing and developing cohousing developments for families and seniors, Mr. Durrett has also designed and renovated hundreds of child care centers and classrooms, and is involved in urban design, town planning, and community development.

Development Consultant – Architect Katie McCamant has designed and consulted for dozens of cohousing developments since completing her research on cohousing in Denmark in the early 1980′s. She has been lead project manager for six California developments, seeing these communities from site search through to move in. In addition to pioneering cohousing in North America, Ms. McCamant has designed a wide variety of building types including an innovative shared housing community for 24 single-parent households recovering from domestic violence situations and a sustainably designed (LEED certified) church. Ms. McCamant founded Cohousing Partners LLC with long-time collaborator, Jim Leach of Wonderland Hill Development Company. As a full-service real estate development company that partners with cohousing groups, Cohousing Partners LLC is responding to the growing demand for cohousing in North America. Ms. McCamant graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture at UC Berkeley and did her graduate work at the Royal Academy of Art and Architecture in Copenhagen, Denmark. After living in Doyle Street Cohousing in Emeryville, California for 12 years, she now lives with her husband and teenage daughter in the Nevada City, California Cohousing Community.

Through their collaboration, Ms. McCamant and Mr. Durrett have received numerous awards for their work, including the recent World Habitat Award presented by the United Nations and the Mixed Use/Mixed Income Development Award presented jointly by the American Institute of Architects and the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. See and

Exterior/Interior Design Consultant – Architect Thomas Loh’s inviting and inspiring buildings and spaces have helped shape the increasing vibrancy of Nelson over the years.  Thomas’ architectural practice evolves around what he describes as responsible architecture. The majority of his projects are local (within 100km) and range from commercial, institutional to residential with strong emphases on incorporating local materials, hiring local trades people, and being part of the local economic fabric.  He was instrumental in the design of one of Nelson’s most famous gathering places – Oso Negro coffee shop.  Nelson Waldorf School’s Kinderhaus and the world renowned Mountain Trek Fitness Retreat Centre are two other stunning local examples from his extensive portfolio.

Kitchen Designer and Cabinet Maker – George Kinakin was born in Nelson and raised in the Slocan Valley.  He is a fourth generation cabinet maker who apprenticed with his father and grandfather before opening his own custom shop.  George has been designing and building cabinets in the Kootenays for over 35 years.  During this time he has expanded his business to include distributing for 5 different manufacturers in addition to his custom work.  His company also fabricates solid surface counter tops – granite, quartz, marble, paperstone and acrylics.  His innovative custom shop specializes in building non-toxic, environmentally cabinets.  George sources sustainably harvested wood, formaldehyde-free plywood and non-toxic glues.  He also utilizes non-toxic finishes.

Development Legal Counsel – Sheila Evani is a commercial and real estate lawyer who is passionate about using her legal skills to support social change and community development. She has a BA in Communications from Simon Fraser University, and an LLB from the University of Alberta. Called to the British Columbia bar in 2005, Ms. Evani practiced commercial law, corporate finance and real estate development for private companies and non-profit organizations at Waterstone Law Group, a leading firm in the Fraser Valley. She later moved to Vancouver where she joined Grossman & Stanley, a boutique business law firm, and later Miller Thomson, a large national firm. She founded her own firm, Medha Legal Services, in 2012. Ms. Evani’s background in real estate development involves working on a number of commercial and residential real estate development projects throughout British Columbia, including highly specialized projects located on Indian Land Reserves. She has advised clients at all stages of the development process – from the pre-development phases, to financing, subdivision/stratification, construction, and sales. In addition to her work with commercial developers, Ms. Evani has also advised non-profit social housing groups on their development projects. Ms. Evani has been counsel for cohousing developments in the Fraser Valley. See

Development Accountant – Stefan Lehman, CA, CFP, began his career in the audit group of Pricewaterhouse Coopers and has been a Chartered Accountant since 1984. After completing his Bachelors in Mathematics at the University of Waterloo and articling with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Mr. Lehman worked in industry as a corporate controller. In 1992, he returned to public practice with the Nelson firm Berg Lehmann (est. 1950). Besides his private sector business advisory and audit work, Mr. Lehmann has been directly involved with the conduct of municipal audits for over 20 years. Mr. Lehman is the past board chair of the Osprey Community Foundation and Selkirk College board of governors, as well as the past treasurer of the Nelson Chamber of Commerce. See

Appraiser – Jeff Godfrey, AACI has been an Accredited Appraiser of the Canadian Institute and Professional Appraiser (P. App) since 2000. Mr. Godfrey is a current member of the Professional Qualifications & Competency Committee of The Appraisal Institute of Canada. He is a past director for the BC Association of the AIC and past chair of the Nelson Advisory Planning Commission. See

Civil Engineer – Paul Kernan, owner of Highland Consulting, has over 10 years experience in the waste water treatment and drinking water industry. He is experienced in costing, construction supervising, and liaising with local, regional and federal agencies including municipalities, regional districts, the Interior Health Authority, Environment Canada, and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Mr. Kernan completed his BEng (Hons) in Civil & Transportation Engineering at Napier University in Edinburgh. Mr. Kernan’s projects/clients include the Village of Salmo, Sunrise Bay Estates in Nelson, Hidden Valley Estates in Creston, Wing Creek Resort in Kaslo, Balfour Irrigation District, Mountain Shores Resort, Christina Living Arts Center, Sanca Creek Subdivision, Twin Rivers Estates in Castlegar, Canyon Lister School, Crawford Bay Elementary Secondary School, Twin Bays Subdivision, Creston WTW, and Walker’s Landing Subdivision.

Geotechnical & Structural Engineer – Edward (Ted) Nunn, P.Eng., is a 47 year veteran of the mining and construction industries, primarily fulfilling project engineering and management for developing mine operations. His experience includes exploration, geological engineering, civil/structural engineering, contract management, safety programs, permitting, financial analysis, governmental affairs and project supervision. His career has spanned the globe, from a home base of N. Shore Nelson since the early 90’s. Mr. Nunn currently works quite part time on projects of interest. We are privileged to have an engineer of his depth, experience and confidence working on our project.

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