Friday, May 28, 2010

Swimming Pool

We were so excited to start putting up our pool this holiday weekend. Then last night, a call from someone on our home owners association board called to talk to Roger about the pool.

First, we don't know how exactly he found out about it because only one neighbor knew. We can only speculate that this neighbor called the board to tell them about the pool, but we don't know why she did that exactly. Was it for our benefit and to keep us safe from any kind of trouble we might get in, or some other reason? Why didn't she talk to us directly about going to the board for permission.

Second, we didn't know we needed permission to put in an above ground pool. The board member told Roger where in the covenant this was talked about and let me just say that it is very vague, but we will not ruffle feathers about it. There is an improvement clause and a pool is not mentioned specifically. We are guessing that they are considering the pool an "appurtenance" which is a word I have never heard of before and had to look up the definition. You can look it up yourself if you want.

The board meets the second Tuesday of each month so Roger is submitting our desire to them to put up a pool, and we're going to go ahead and try to receive permission to put up a certain type of fence.

Yes, if you know me at all, you know that I was feeling pretty irritated by the whole thing--just because of the vague language of what the clause states. Oh well. Roger and I discussed it, and even though we don't know the specifics of how this board member found out, we are deciding to thank God for the call last night because if we had just begun to go ahead and put the pool up, we may have gotten ourselves into big trouble by the board. So, God saved us that headache and heartache by in His timing having that board member call us to discuss the pool before we began work on it. Thank you God!

In the meantime, we have a nice pile of 10 tons of sand sitting in our front yard that was delivered this morning. Plus, one of Roger's friends will be bringing over his tractor tonight for us to use this weekend for not just the pool, but other yard work we want to do. Even though we can't put the pool up yet, we can still level the ground and distribute the sand. Hopefully and prayerfully the board will approve our appurtenant improvement and in a couple of weeks we will have our pool up to enjoy this hot summer.


  1. What a headache! I'm so sorry for this hassle you're having to deal with. What happened to the old days when you could do what you want with your own property?

  2. Yes, especially since the pool will be in a privacy fenced in area and nobody will see it or be bothered by us playing in the pool--that is as long as we get the privacy fence approved!