Sunflower, like most housing cooperatives, is an established group committed to sharing living space and associated expenses. We Sunnies own our home equally, and our "rent" covers the cost of utilities, property taxes, groceries, maintenance, appliances, and so on. By doing so we are able to drastically reduce both our personal expenses and ecological footprint.
The "House" is actually two. One is primarily private bedrooms and bathrooms, the other hosts our community spaces: kitchen, den, office, and pantry. Through mundane daily interactions, weekly meetings, and the occasional party, we learn how to communicate, tolerate, and care for each other. Our house is a home, and we live as a family.