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Have a question. Getting ready to build a garage and have deed restrictions of 20x28. I am thinking of going 22x34. Just what can they do to you if you build bigger?
 

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Rattlesnake Jake would know better.... but up around here... I believe they make you take it down....
 

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I was told to just go 20x32 and it wouldn't be that noticeable. I need atleast 30 ft I believe to get my boat and trailer inside
 

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danh63 said:
I was told to just go 20x32 and it wouldn't be that noticeable. I need atleast 30 ft I believe to get my boat and trailer inside
That's this boat... what about the next one ;)

A garage is never big enough it seems.....
 

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danh63 said:
Have a question. Getting ready to build a garage and have deed restrictions of 20x28. I am thinking of going 22x34. Just what can they do to you if you build bigger?
They will come out to measure it and if it's longer they will make you change it. If you don't they will fine you with interest and if you still won't change it the will put a lean against your house and you will have an big problem when you decide to sell your house. Even if they don't come out you may have to disclose it when you sell. Then it's up to the new owner to either have you fix it or chance it themselves.

If you live out in the middle of nowhere and have plenty of land they'll probably never notice.

I had a 10 right-a-way in my back yard and I decided to plant a tree in it. I didn't get fined, but was told that if they need to they would cut it down. Probably get billed for it and I had to disclose it when I sold the house.
 

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I have almost an acre and people on the street have all different sizes but all with in restrictions. the guy next door told me if he had to do it again he would have stretched it a little wider and a little longer. they all say that when it isn't them doing it! :laugher:
 

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That's this boat... what about the next one ;)

A garage is never big enough it seems.....
That thought did cross my mind! :) I can't build big enough for the next boat. Will have to have a plan B. If I had my way I would have moved somewhere where their were no restrictions but had to compromise
 

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Deed restriction? I had to get a variance from our zoning board, but once the neighbors agreed and gave their blessing it was all approved.
 

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some of my neighbors probably wouldn't mind but then there would be the guys that had to stay with the rules. THey just changed a few of them last month, but not on garage size!
 

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Pour the slab longer and do it so you can accomodate adding a workshop on to the back or open it up. If you plan it right, you could put in a beam now across the back wall so you could cut it out later and add length. If they ask you why the slab is longer, tell them your going to use it fr a grilling area or something.
 

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Pour the slab longer and do it so you can accomodate adding a workshop on to the back or open it up. If you plan it right, you could put in a beam now across the back wall so you could cut it out later and add length. If they ask you why the slab is longer, tell them your going to use it fr a grilling area or something.
Ditto

If you absolutely will not be able to get a variance then build to their size and accomodate them throughout the permit & inspections process but when the final is done and they are out of your hair start building your addition.
 

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Who wrote the deed restrictions?? A lot of times builders when planning a subdivision will put in certain covenants to please the planning board.
If you're not in a subdivision, go to the building department with a set of plans. If the plans are denied, ask them if you can apply for a variance. If they allow you to apply, follow THEIR RULES.
I would NOT take a chance building bigger than what's allowed. Could cost you more than a few $$$$$.

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Ditto

If you absolutely will not be able to get a variance then build to their size and accomodate them throughout the permit & inspections process but when the final is done and they are out of your hair start building your addition.
And when the assessor does a reval on the property, there's a very good chance he WILL get caught.
Then the schitt hits the fan..
 

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Won't you need a building permit? That will tie your hands.... and yes they can force you to take it down or sanction you until you do it anyways.
 

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When I built mine I went as big as I possibly could, and poured my slab 6 feet longer. Now I can easially add on to the back when the bigger boat comes.
 

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The restriction are from the neighborhood association. The county would let me build what ever I wanted
 

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depends who enforces the restrictions. our builder enforced the restrictions(one builder built all 108 homes), but now he sold the remaining dozen lots and a committee of neighbors decide. Is the association funded for situations like fighting you?
Someone administers the association. Any one else in teh nighborhood breaking any covenants?? what have they done in the past?
 

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jb said:
depends who enforces the restrictions. our builder enforced the restrictions(one builder built all 108 homes), but now he sold the remaining dozen lots and a committee of neighbors decide. Is the association funded for situations like fighting you?
Someone administers the association. Any one else in teh nighborhood breaking any covenants?? what have they done in the past?
It is a board made up of neighbors. One couple didn't finish the front like the front of their house like the restriction says and all she told the wife was they thought they would never hear the end of it. One guy in there hasn't paid his dues in 2 years and they put a lein against his home. I think all that is going to do is get them their money if he sells.
 
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