2PS CTO starts a co-living project

A story about how our CTO, Loïc Bisière, decided to embark on a co-living adventure together with his partner and children, and another young family.

Co-living or co-habitation is the new co-working

Co-living is not the same as living with roommates or in a dorm, much like co-working is not the same as renting an office in an office building alongside other companies. The differentiating factor of co-living is that people share not only space and resources, but their lives. It is more than merely co-existing in the same house - it is truly about living lives together.

There are many co-living arrangements - from small flats in the middle of bustling metropolises to expansive farmhouse-style estates in the countryside. Co-living spaces are popping up in all corners of the world.

Some are aimed at young people longing for a sense of belonging or finding their feet in a new city. Others are for global nomads who want to live around the globe, a few months in each city. There are co-living houses for entrepreneurs, where each individual can live and work in a comfortable, yet inspiring atmosphere.

Similarly to co-working, the attitude of the tenants is what makes all the difference. While sharing costs is still an advantage of co-living, it is not the main reason people choose this living arrangement. The mindset to share their lives with each other is strong, creating a community spirit in the space. Many people find this comforting and refreshing, especially in the age when our mobile phones are our most trusted life companions.

While co-living has obvious social benefits, both on an individual level and on a group level, it also encourages efficient and sustainable utilization of spaces. Our society is changing rapidly, and what was considered a suburban "dream home" for a large family in the 1950s is no longer desirable or practical for the struggling 30-something newlyweds who are about to have their first child. As a result, many large houses are left uninhabited, while rent prices for small apartments closer to downtown seem to grow exponentially...

Co-living arrangements eliminate the financial and space concerns of young single people, as well as new families. Imagine raising your child in a beautiful, spacious house with a backyard and a pool, but not having to worry about your mortgage or the child being lonely in a ghost house! With co-living, it's possible to share a large property with another family, or with some old family friends. What if a group of single moms decides to live together and help each other raise the children? The possibilities are endless!

Taking co-living personally

Recently, our CTO, Loïc Bisière, has started a co-living project. He decided to buy a large suburban house together with his partner and another couple, who they are good friends with. Both families have young children - Loïc has two girls and a new baby boy on the way, and the other couple has another two boys.

Loic and Jessica's co-living project
Loic and Jessica's co-living project
Loic and Jessica's co-living project
Loic and Jessica's co-living project

The idea is to have both communal and private areas within the house. There is enough space for separate bedrooms, but all common spaces will be shared among the two families - living room, dining room, kitchen, etc. Children will be encouraged to play together, do homework together, and the parents will share the workload of taking care of them.

At 2PS, we're very excited to follow Loïc and his partner Jessica's adventure through this experience. While co-living may not be for everyone, we are happy to see many people participate in the collaborative lifestyle movement. Sharing and collaboration are in our core values, and it is wonderful to see our own CTO initiate such a project!

Loïc and Jessica have started a blog to document their experience of setting up the co-living arrangement, the process of adjustment, the tough days and the triumphs. Follow them for an occasional story that will make you think, laugh, cringe, or want to start your own collaborative project!

This project was featured in the Montreal Gazette on October 1st, 2016:
Buy the house, take the ride: how two couples are taking on co-living.