Homeowner associations are sticklers for the overall look of the neighborhood. One HOA mandated a white screen door for every home, and another required a resident to enclose a propane tank in service yard or face a fine.
They’re also usually very concerned with curb appeal, which means that clutter and mismatched lawn furniture won’t fit the bill. One association even made it mandatory that trampoline spring covers match the house color.
Unlike backyards, which are private spaces where our hobbies, passions and favorite ways to relax happen on our own, front yards are a public space that communicate how we want the neighborhood to see us. It is for this reason that many homeowners associations have restrictions on what is allowed in a front yard.
The goal is to create a landscape that looks cohesive and welcoming, and so policies often include guidelines on the types of trees and plants that can be planted, as well as restrictions on things like lawn sculptures, fences and furniture. In some cases, this is simply to avoid the spread of invasive species, while in others it is more about maintaining a certain look. These rules are often more easily understood than pre-approved lists of exterior paint colors or roof shingle color options and so many homeowners willingly comply.
Lenhart says he has been getting more requests for optimized front yards since the pandemic. “People are looking for places to gather with neighbors and friends from home, but also to be more connected to their communities,” he explains. “A lot of the ideas revolve around maximizing use of this space, allowing for a variety of functions.”
Some of these requests have centered on adding seating areas, where families can play games, read or eat, to a front yard. Other homeowners want to convert their front yards into functional spaces that include outdoor living rooms or even vegetable gardens. To accomplish this, he often works with the homeowner to create a garden that is in scale with the property and allows for plantings to reach their full size over time. He also recommends introducing natural barriers that can add privacy and make the space feel less enclosed.
Mailboxes, also known as letter boxes, letter slots or mailboxes are the receptacles for receiving your mail at a residential address. In a community setting, mailboxes can help to create a cohesive and unified appearance for your neighborhood. Whether you are looking for cluster box units or individual mailboxes, we can help you find a style that meets both USPS regulations and your community’s aesthetic.
Cluster box units are a great choice for many communities as they offer security and convenience to residents by keeping their mail closer to home where it is less likely to be stolen or damaged. They are also easy to access on days with extreme weather and can help the elderly or disabled with walking challenges.
Individual mailboxes are a great way to make your neighborhood stand out, and we carry a wide selection of styles to choose from. We work with homeowners associations to help them choose the right mailboxes for their community and ensure they meet all USPS requirements. We can also assist with maintenance of mailboxes by assisting in the removal of mildew, dirt and other debris that may accumulate over time.
A pool is the ultimate luxury amenity for homeowners associations and condos with high end real estate. Whether for relaxing or swimming, the right furniture makes the pool area truly inviting for residents and guests. It is important to buy only commercial quality pool and deck furniture. Purchasing residential quality furniture can increase an association’s liability exposure if an injury occurs and the furniture is found to be of poor construction or not designed for commercial use.
A well-written pool policy should be included in the association’s rules. This should include a no sharing of towels (one HOA even fined a homeowner for leaving a propane tank in the service yard) and other important safety measures such as masking policies. Pool furniture should be positioned before the pool opens for social distancing and the rules should also state that anyone found to be horseplaying or putting themselves at risk of infection will be asked to leave.