UH-OH, THE PAINT DICTATORS ARE HERE

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It is a lazy rainy day.  Here I sit at my desk staring out the window.  The canal below is being peppered with dimples as the raindrops fall upon its surface. There are no creatures in site, including the two guys who have been painting the outside of my house since Monday.  I guess I didn’t mention we were having the house painted.  I knew it needed it, but the homeowners’ association also took the trouble to write me a letter to remind me.  I was waiting until this time of year when it is far better to paint. The summer months are simply too darn hot for both the painters and the paint.

Speaking of the homeowners’ association, they have gotten a bit more cantankerous to deal with lately.  They haven’t bothered us much in the 18 years we’ve lived here, but the past year or so they’ve turned petty like so many of them have a tendency to do. All of a sudden they don’t like the way we park.  They get angry if we put the trash out the night before it’s collected in the morning and now painting of the house has become an issue.

It seems they hired a foo-foo designer to pick a bunch of new color palettes that we homeowners can choose from to paint our homes.  Each palette has three colors: one for the walls, one for the trim and one for the front and garage doors.  It is written and, therefore, so it shall be done, that the homeowner must not deviate from the color palette.  All three colors must be used on their assigned locations.  Here’s the problem.  We do not like the color for the front and garage doors.  It is very very dark and, to us, does not match the wall and trim color.  We want to do the doors in the trim color, just as we have for the other two times we had the house painted.

We were told too many people were deciding not to use the door colors so the Board decided to make the three-color palette an official “rule” from here on in.  Rosemarie says, “boulderdash!”  Well, that’s not what she really said, but you get her drift.  So we appealed and expressed our displeasure of having a color on our house that we simply did not like and since we were using the two other colors which complemented each other nicely, we would hope that there would not be an issue.  We did note that since at least 75% of the other homes in the development are painted without the dark doors, it’s sort of arbitrary that the Board all of a sudden decided to change things.  Oh yeah, we thought, too, the fact that we pay the mortgage and all the other costs of maintaining the house that that should allow us to have some say.

So we are proceeding to have the doors painted the same as the trim color.  Given there’s a house a few blocks up that has been purple for well over a year, I feel if they insist we do our doors the dark color, I will insist they make that purple house go away because it certainly is not one of the colors in the official book of palettes.

What is ironic is that I believe the association has a right to dictate the colors of the homes in the community, as long as there is enough variety to please everyone and that they don’t go getting’ petty to insist that some designer they hired has ultimate rights over us homeowners as long as we’re being reasonable.  Regardless, I am sure we will be getting another letter when the job is completed.  It will no doubt threaten a fine and a lien on the house and God-knows-what-else.  So it’s a lazy rainy day today…but I sense thunder and lightning off in the distance.

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About Marc Kuhn

I am a retired radio exec. I've worked at major stations in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and Miami. That was then. This is now: I've published seven books and this blog thingy. Need to know more? Really? Okay, I bare/bear all at http://marckuhn.com The other links are for the websites of each of the books I've written. I've been busy! Hope you'll stop by and check them out. Thanks for your interest!
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