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Text Box: Adopted March 1978
Amended July 1994 – Resolution 94-3
Amended June 2012 – Resolution 12-2
 
ARCHITECTURAL STANDARDS AND GUIDELINES
COUNTRYSIDE HOMEOWNER ASSOCIATION, INC
 
Below are some architectural control guidelines, which are used by the Board of Directors so that they can act upon all written Home Improvement Application request in a fair and consistent manner. Please keep these guidelines for your records.
 
Please submit a Home Improvement Application request form before the work is begun.  If you need a Home Improvement Application request form, please visit our website www.countrysidehoa.com or pick up application at the Association office.
 
ADMINISTRATIVE
1.              The Board or Architectural Committee will consider only written requests for Architectural changes. Requests should be submitted on the approval form.
2.              If an architectural change request is rejected, the homeowner is free to request that the committee or Board reconsider its position and must provide any additional information needed to clarify any questions the committee or Board may have.
3.              The committee will make its recommendation at or before the next board meeting after receipt of request.
 
OUTBUILDINGS
 
A.             Placement - No outbuildings shall be placed within ten (10) feet of any property line. No outbuildings shall be placed so as to encroach upon any dedicated easement. No out buildings shall be placed so as to encroach upon building line. No outbuilding shall be placed within five(5) feet of any fence or any other building.
B.             Height- No outbuildings shall exceed twelve (12) feet in height at any point.
C.             Length and Width-The length and width of any outbuilding shall be limited so that established drainage patterns will no be interrupted. Depending upon the size and placement of the lot, the length and width of any outbuilding shall be examined on an individual basis. Approval of the overall size of an out building shall not unreasonably withheld.
D.             Color- The color of an outbuilding should be in harmony with existing colors of the house and the surrounding neighborhood and shall be examined on an individual basis and approved by the Board of Directors. Approval of the color of an outbuilding shall not be unreasonably withheld.
E.              Materials-Outbuilding may be constructed of wood, masonry, brick, metal, glass, or composition materials, which complement those materials used in the main structure of the house. If the outbuilding is to be built on site, its roof shall be of glass, plastic, fiberglass or shingles identical to those used in the main residence. Prefabricated buildings of aluminum, steel or other materials are acceptable as long as they meet the other criteria involved.
F.              Other Conditions-No utility or outbuilding shall be erected on any lot unless such utility or outbuilding shall be concealed behind an approved fence. Notwithstanding any other provisions herein contained, each request for the installation of an outbuilding shall be examined on an individual basis and may be disapproved if in the opinion of the Architectural Control Committee and the Board of Directors of Countryside Homeowner Association such outbuilding would not be architecturally compatible with the main residence or with the overall neighborhood. Approval of outbuildings shall not be unreasonably withheld.
 
CARPORTS – No carports or awnings of any typed shall be affixed to the front of any residence in Countryside or Countryside Oaks.
 
MAIL BOXES – Mailboxes are intended to serve a specific function and the size and placement of the mailbox should be regulated to enhance that function. Approval of a mailbox request shall not be unreasonably withheld,  as approved by USPS.
 
GUTTERS – Rain gutters are not mandatory but, if installed they must be painted the same color as the house or the trim thereon and must be kept in good repair.
 
PAINTING – The colors and scheme to be used in painting a house shall be consistent with the overall scheme of Countryside and/ or Countryside Oaks Subdivision so as not to detract from the overall appearance thereof. Samples of the colors to be used in painting should be submitted with the request for Board approval. Approval of colors to be used in painting shall not be unreasonably withheld.
 
ROOM ADDITIONS – A request for room additions to existing houses shall be reviewed on an individual basis and shall be accompanied with detailed plans listing materials and timetables for construction. Including any requested additions, the ground floor of the house must contain not less than fifty-one (51) percent brick veneer. Siding or other materials used in the room additions should be of such quality, texture and material to enhance the overall appearance of the house or shall be the same as those originally installed on the house. Roof shingles must be of a uniform color all over the house. Garage doors must be left in position when enclosing the garage as a room addition so as to give the appearance that a garage is still in place.
 SIDEWALKS –
A.             Sidewalks may be curved into the driveway as long as the concrete apron does not extend more than twelve (12) feet from the front of the residence. See Illustration.
B.             Sidewalks not exceeding four (4) feet in width are permitted between the front porch and the curb. League City permits are required for all new sidewalk construction.
C.             Request for accommodations to meet ADA standards will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
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Text Box: CHILDREN'S PLAYHOUSES – Children’s playhouses are to be regulated according to the same standards and guidelines applied to other outbuildings.
 
CHILDREN’S PLAY EQUIPMENT – Children’s play equipment, which includes, but is not limited to swing sets, sliding boards and swimming pools are to placed in the back yard behind an approved fence.
 
WINDOWS
A.             Window Coverings must be maintained in good condition without rips, tears, or broken blinds. Window coverings must be curtains, drapes, either shades or blinds. No sheets, blankets, aluminum foil or tin foil shall be allowed to remain in any window of Countryside or Countryside Oaks.
B.             Hurricane preparedness- protective wood or tape covers must be removed within two (2) weeks after storm passage.
C.             Broken windows and Patio doors must be fixed as soon possible.
 
ROOF VENTS – Roof vents or turbo vents should be installed in such a manner that they do not exceed the  roof line by more than ten (10) inches, and if they follow the manufactures’ guidelines for installation. A request for the installation of vents will be considered on an individual basis and approval of the installation shall not be unreasonably withheld.
 
FENCES
 
A.             Fences are not mandatory; however, if they are installed they must be maintained. Broken, missing or rotted pickets must be replaced and the supporting framework must be maintained in a level upright condition, no leaning or sagging.
B.             Materials – Only six (6) foot minimum and eight (8) foot maximum wooden fences of cedar, redwood, pine or other suitable wooden material shall be approved for installation in Countryside and Countryside Oaks. No chain link, metal type or lattice materials may be used for fencing materials.
 
C.            Placement – Fences proposed for construction that are located wholly within the property lines of the  homeowner’s lot which will not extend into the front yard beyond the building setback line for the main  residence upon which in the opinion of the Board of Directors of the Association will not interfere with the general harmony and external design of the subdivision will be approved by the Board provided that on major thoroughfares, the fencing is not closer than the property line and for houses siding on major thoroughfares and facing on minor streets the side lot fence may extend only to the front of the house  exclusive of the garage. In no event shall such fence or any part thereof be constructed or placed in any  potion of said lot nearer to the front street, which the main residence faces than is permitted for the main  residence to be constructed upon such lot.      
 
WIDENED DRIVEWAYS  - The placement of the extension of an existing driveway and the materials to be used therein shall be considered on an individual basis taking into account the location of easements and the interruption of established drainage patterns as well as the effect  upon the overall appearance of the individual property and the neighborhood. Driveways may be extended a total width of two (2) feet on each side, and the width extensions must be carried out the full length of the driveway from the house to the curb.  League City permits are required for any driveway extension or replacement.
 
BASKETBALL GOALS – Basketball goals may not be erected in such a manner as to encroach upon any building line on any lot. Basketball goals erected in such manner that they are visible from the street shall be painted regulation colors, be of regulation size and height from the ground. Basketball goals must be maintained in a manner so as not to detract from the overall a appearance of the property or of the neighborhood.
 
STORM DOORS/SCREEN DOORS  - Storm doors are allowed on the front and back doors provided that they are in general harmony with residence. Wooden screen doors are allowed only on the back door provided the backyard is fenced.
 

Text Box: ARCHITECTURAL STANDARDS AND GUIDELINES
COUNTRYSIDE HOMEOWNER ASSOCIATION, INC

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