A Launceston architecture graduate is hopeful of attracting at least half a dozen individuals, couples or families interested in a "cohousing" construction idea to provide new houses at a reduced cost.
Jiri Lev is organising meetings in Launceston to gauge interest in the idea, which involves interested parties forming a company or strata together to purchase a piece of land where they would develop their own European-inspired houses around a shared space including laundry and guest areas.
He said the plan could reduce the cost of building a "modest" dwelling to less than $100,000.
"We are a young family, we have a baby, and we think this is a nicer way to build a house and a community, rather than just a house for ourselves," Mr Lev said.
"It could start with six or seven families on the same page in terms of how they want to live, how they want to share. One of the core values is that it's inclusive.
"It tends to be single people, single mothers, older people or young people who can't find their footing in the current market who are looking at scheme like this as a possibility of building a house."
Cohousing schemes are relatively common in Europe and there are various examples in major Australian cities.
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Mr Lev said he was hopeful of purchasing land in Launceston once he found like-minded individuals, believing there were at least 30 pieces of land on the market - varying in size from a quarter acre to much larger - that could be suitable.
He said one of the main benefits was the ability to choose your neighbour.
"I think it will result in at least one project, but I can't see why we can't have 10 of these in the next few years in Launceston. It's a city of students with an architecture school with young, inspiring, creative minds," Mr Lev said.
Anyone interested can visit cohousing.com.au.