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Submitted by kiki on September 17, 2020 - 5:55pm
Hi. i have been a member for 14 years! but haven't posted in probably 7 although i always come to see Rich's reports.
I came back to post to get some opinions and have a sanity check.
I live in a gated community so I have a fun HOA to deal with. Normally I tried to follow the rules but I am in a position where HOA is testing my limits.
I need /want to paint my house. I looked at the official approved color scheme list and picked a color scheme I liked and submitted for approval.
They replied that the scheme I picked changed (although one house has that color and the official list still has the original scheme published so not sure where it changed)
In any case, they gave another scheme and say if we are ok they will advise the committee and they will provide approval. So, I agreed with the new scheme... but they still didn't approve.
They asked for a picture of the outside. We provided. They gave us the rendering of how my color scheme will look like on my house and say that that is the approved scheme but they recommended us to use an alternative scheme (totally different color) because my roof is red (warm) and the scheme I chose were cool colors – the email gave the impression I could choose. I said " I like the approved one". They still didn't approve.
This time said I needed to paint swatches on the wall so they could see how it looks. I did and still liked the approved color. I told them i wanted to be present when they look. i met the neighbor working on the board and she said is gray. i said yes, and i like it. i also painted their alternative and told her it was too green and i didnt like it. She asked what would i changed? I said nothing , i liked this approved color scheme. She left. HOA came back saying it is not approved.
Now their latest communication from the Architectural Color Specialist (the neighbor) is saying quote "the color has to be right for the particular house style" and the board is concern with selection. And gave me a totally different scheme( I wanted gray with blue accent) and they offered cream with brown accent).
We have been going back and forth for almost a month now. Is this normal? I want to comply but this seems a stretch.
I looked at the CCR and it only says Board must approve the colors. No further direction or guidelines on what bases they approved.
Again I am asking to approve a color in their approve scheme list. Before I replied to them I want to get some outside perspective, if you were in my situation would you fight back? and could i win?
Sorry for the long post.. this is how long the color picking is taking .. urghh
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