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Setting up a Greenhouse!!

This is a discussion on Setting up a Greenhouse!! within the Semi Hydro / Lights / Greenhouses / Accessories forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; We live in a home owners association neighborhood. When we first got here we had ...

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    We live in a home owners association neighborhood. When we first got here we had rational people that were easy going running things and it was a nice place. Then we got a new bunch that kind of get big heads because they can tell other people what to do. lol We are waiting for elections to get some normal nice people again. Thankfully some rules got changed so we didn't get a hard time over our sunroom. Around here though, anything called a greenhouse is totally not allowed and if you were to put one up they would sue for you to remove it. It's what you are willing to put up with I guess. I love how pretty and clean our area looks. So....I am willing to put up with an occassional power hungry nut on the board. lol Besides, they cut our grass! Even when it's really hot....works for me!

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    I would take the time to read through your neighborhood's CC&R and try to find any reason why your current plans were turned down (maybe its too big, wrong location, etc).

    You can use it as a guide to change your planned dimensions and structure. If you feel that you have modified your plan accordingly to comply with the restrictions, then resubmit your application and include copies of the pages of the CC&R that apply to your current restrictions.
    Underline or highlight each sentence/paragraph that applies to your case.

    Please note that not all HOA staff are the same.
    Some are pretty good and perform due diligence and work with you to get within code. The current HOA management in our neighborhood was pretty pleasant to work with and are knowledgeable with building/neighborhood codes. They would tell us why the proposal is "out of code" and gives us recommendations on how to correct the plans.

    Some people (like the ones from the HOA from my old home) are just in it as a hobby and want to have something else on their resume other than "Stay at home spouse".
    They get flustered when they see blueprints and plans submitted to them and think of the quickest reason to reject the plans.
    They would scan through the CC&R, see the words "Structure" and "Restriction" and decide that all additional structures are absolutely prohibited.

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    Update:
    I went to the board meeting. They told me the reasons my proposal was denied:
    1. 100 SQFT limit - which they say they could make an exception;
    2. Build materials - Since the regulation doesn't have anything on greenhouse, they go by contruction material. Accepted materials are bricks and wood, no plastic, acrylic sheet..

    They will discuss my application and let me know in a couple of days.

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    Liz, I'll keep my fingers crossed! Hope you'll come back with good news in a couple of days!

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    Common sense may prevail. Good luck - but don't hold your breath.
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    oh i wish you all the luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lizgeo View Post
    Update:
    Accepted materials are bricks and wood, no plastic, acrylic sheet..
    This usually applies to permanent living quarters, like additional rooms or guest houses.
    Greenhouses fall under a "Freestanding" building category (similar to storage sheds and carports), and given the advancements in plastic/resin materials these days, there is a good chance that they may make an exception if you plan to do an acrylic/resin greenhouse.

    Just make sure you talk to the neighbors on adjacent properties to make sure they are ok with it. You dont want them complaining and causing problems for you down the line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lizgeo View Post
    Update:
    I went to the board meeting. They told me the reasons my proposal was denied:
    1. 100 SQFT limit - which they say they could make an exception;
    2. Build materials - Since the regulation doesn't have anything on greenhouse, they go by contruction material. Accepted materials are bricks and wood, no plastic, acrylic sheet..

    They will discuss my application and let me know in a couple of days.
    Oh my gosh! Who ever heard of a greenhouse without the use of any form of plastic, acrylic sheet. The roof/ceiling should always be made of some transparent material for the sunlight (clear polycarbonate roof - glass is too expensive and is dangerous because of breakage). Your board should revise and update their regulations since these may be so darned outdated!

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