Home Improvements

Improvements to the exterior of your home and yard, other than normal planting and landscaping, are generally subject to approval by the SCHOA Board of Directors. Examples of projects requiring approval include:

  • Projects that involve excavation, grading or retaining walls
  • Fences
  • Alterations to the existing home structure
  • Widening, changes in your driveway or curb cuts
  • Driveway entrance monuments (see below)
  • Irrigation systems
  • Substantive changes in exterior materials and colors
  • Generators (see here)

If you are unsure as to whether a project requires SCHOA approval, please contact the Managing Agent. Improvements that the SCHOA Board of Directors will not approve include:

  • Permanent ancillary structures
  • Projects that impinge upon or aesthetically affect a neighboring property
  • Projects that protrude or expand into adjoining common areas

Copies of plans that are submitted to the Town of Somers for building permit applications should be submitted to the SCHOA. Requests for approvals of improvement projects should be provided to the Managing Agent prior to the SCHOA Board of Directors meeting before work is begun. A written letter of approval must be received before work on the project begins.

Driveway entrance monuments , driveway pavers, landscaping, fencing, and similar improvements are a special case, in that they are typically located within the common area right-of-way and utility easement area that exists at the front of each yard. For such improvements to be approved, the homeowner must sign a waiver letter that acknowledges that these improvements are installed at the homeowner’s risk, and that they may be subject to damage or removal as may be needed for utility and street repair. This waiver letter may be received by contacting the Managing Agent.