The time finally arrived for our meeting with the HOA board regarding our appeal of the architectural committee’s decision to deny our request to alter our plans for a flatter, 1:12 roofline, as opposed to the 2:12 slope that was approved.
As a reminder, this is the change we were talking about; left is the approved version, and right is what we wanted approval for:
Five board members attended, but one, who was on the architectural committee that denied the change, didn’t vote.
It was a lot longer meeting than I had expected. It felt a little like the winds were blowing against us at the start – some of the members didn’t seem to think there was a good reason to overrule the architectural committee. I later learned this was only the second appeal the full board had heard in something like 40 years. The discussion was cordial though.
Ultimately, I think a couple of things carried the day. The first was that the group seemed to agree that, on balance, the lower slope looked better since it deleted the unnecessary space above the big windows. It was also more practical – the steeper slope didn’t gain us anything from a structural standpoint or a livability standpoint. The other thing that helped us was that we paid close attention to the regulations and tried to follow their procedures. Meanwhile, the architectural committee dropped the ball on their end twice, first by ignoring our requests to get feedback on our initial sketch, before we went through engineering. And second by not responding to our request for the edit in the time allotted. I pointed out that under the regulations we could have “presumed” they approved and gone ahead and built the house, essentially daring them to sue us, but they’re our neighbors and we didn’t want to burn any bridges.
In the end, by a 3 to 1 vote, the Board approved of our request to revert to a 1:12 slope. And we were off to the races with plans we could build. And on balance, I think they look better than our original plan. By this point, Shaun had started to play around a little with rendering the exterior materials. Things were looking good:
Mini Book Reviews
Some more light reading: Composing Architecture and Interior Design sounded promising, but was waaaay too conceptual for me. It’s a lot of “look if you take and apple and cut it up this way you form a room that is reminiscent of an apple orchard” rather than “here are things to consider when designing an actual house.” Undecorate: The No-Rules Approach to Interior Design is on the other end of the spectrum. It generally takes the “do what you want” approach to interior design, without much in the way of structure. Not a bad result for pretty pictures to inspire a similar approach (for more pretty pictures, see our resources page), but not really my style.