image via: welsh
Controversial playhouse in Ocala, FL must meet codes or be removed.
With the weather finally warming up, it's the perfect time of year to start planning your playhouse project. Before you start picking paint colors and purchasing materials, you should determine if a permit is necessary. Check with your local code officials and neighborhood association. Many neighborhoods have restrictions or guidelines that you must follow. You may even need to have your design approved prior to construction. If approval is necessary, be sure to check on submission procedures and timelines. (The review committee may only meet once a month). If you are aware of the restrictions early enough along, you can plan for them. It may be something as simple as the color scheme should coordinate with your house colors or the playhouse must be a certain distance from your property line. If you feel your style is being too heavily governed, no need to worry. There are plenty of ways for you and your children to express yourself. Try going wild with color on the interior if the neighbors aren't keen on your psychedelic exterior color scheme. It has been my experience that most neighbors are just curious, and would even like to be a part of the project.
Personally I love driving through a neighborhood and seeing a quirky little structure...it just makes me smile. The architect in me also understands the importance of preserving the character of a neighborhood and maintaining property value. With that being said, please plan ahead. No one wants to tear their child's playhouse down.
*For the record, I think the playhouse above is adorable! From the video, it's hard to get a good perspective on how it does or does not fit into the context of the neighborhood. What are your thoughts? Please share.