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CharlesS9
(Delaware)

Posts:1


07/28/2019 4:54 AM  
We recently sent out a survey to determine if residents were in favor of seven proposals. The most divisive was detached sheds. We presently allow sheds attached to the home with HOA approval.
We are a community of 218 homes with lot siizes around a quarter acre. we established an ad hoc group to review the comments on the surveys and to contact realtors and other HOA organizations. So far comparable communities do not allow sheds, and a few realtors are against them because the will 'clutter' up our community and detract from the aesthetics and may lower property values, both of which our HOA mission is to enhance and maintain. The average cost of a home in our community is about 600k.
If your community allows detached sheds what has been your experience with maintenance and aesthetics?
If you do not allow sheds detached, why not?
MelissaP1
(Alabama)

Posts:8396


07/28/2019 6:42 AM  
Check with your personal insurance company for their opinion on attached or detached sheds. They play the most major part in the decision outside the HOA. Also may propose the question to the HOA's insurance for additional information.

Also ask the fire Marshall. Surprisingly they may give advice in the matter. The sheds propose a serious fire risk. People tend to store items that can catch sheds on fire and then spreading to the house. They may recommend a certain distance to keep sheds away from the house.


Had a neighbor who a very small one in their backyard. Their insurance told them could not attach it to the home. It would effect their insurance costs and risks.

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LetA
(Nevada)

Posts:736


07/28/2019 6:43 AM  
I think putting a shed against a home is a big fauxpas and tacky looking. My board approved a plastic mini shed from Suncaster. it is 8' tall by 8' wide and 4'deep. The colors matched the colors of the houses in the area, so aesthetically is was not a deal breaker. The sheds were big enough to put a lawnmower, garden tools, lawn chairs, etc. I grew up back east, and in the burbs barn looking sheds were quite the norm.

I would work with the homeowners and get some design concepts and meet with your board for Ideas. There are also some pony sheds available, those are designed to store side by side trash cans, just an idea.
JohnC46
(South Carolina)

Posts:8550


07/28/2019 12:21 PM  
Posted By CharlesS9 on 07/28/2019 4:54 AM
We recently sent out a survey to determine if residents were in favor of seven proposals. The most divisive was detached sheds. We presently allow sheds attached to the home with HOA approval.
We are a community of 218 homes with lot siizes around a quarter acre. we established an ad hoc group to review the comments on the surveys and to contact realtors and other HOA organizations. So far comparable communities do not allow sheds, and a few realtors are against them because the will 'clutter' up our community and detract from the aesthetics and may lower property values, both of which our HOA mission is to enhance and maintain. The average cost of a home in our community is about 600k.
If your community allows detached sheds what has been your experience with maintenance and aesthetics?
If you do not allow sheds detached, why not?




Unless they are tightly (very tightly) controlled, they can be came very tacky. I do not like the idea of attached to the house. I also would look at them not being seen from the front of the house. I would also limit where they can be placed. I would also limit size, material, and color. Especially no metal sheds allowed. Wood or plastic only.

Basically I would allow nothing larger than and it must be of this type material:


https://www.lowes.com/pd/Suncast-Common-8-ft-x-10-ft-Actual-Interior-Dimensions-7-9-ft-x-9-9-ft-Tremont-Gable-Storage-Shed/50301077

BarbaraT1
(Texas)

Posts:202


07/30/2019 10:37 AM  
The association I manage allows detached sheds only. No metal. Rubbermaid/resin sheds are permitted if they are not visible from the street. Sheds that are visible must be shingled and painted to match the residence, have a floor, and be anchored into the ground, with minimum setbacks from the fence and the residence. Owners must maintain a city permit if applicable. There's no restriction on size, because the city already does that.
GeorgeS21
(Florida)

Posts:1262


08/05/2019 6:46 AM  
My community allowed these to pop up in places many years ago - and, now is unable to control them.

Legal counsel was clear that if not addressed in five years, anyone could use the approval process to request approval and then protest if not approved.

Any community first addressing this - my recommendation would be zero tolerance as the best policy and rule. May be hard to understand for some, but, my opinion is that sheds are a blight.

BTW - we have provisions to allow approval of additional buildings if they are constructed of the same materials and finishes as the original home.
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