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Regarding residential architecture: My HOA requires at least

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Regarding residential architecture:
My HOA requires at least 6 direction transitions on the side of the house that will face the street. Each is to be at least 90-degrees, and 4' in length. I don't understand where the angle is measured, and if inside corners count. I particularly want to know if my planned bay window exceeds the 90-degree minimum, counting for 2 direction transitions.
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Home Improvement
Expert:  Machinc replied 10 months ago.
This reguirement refers to the front "elevation" of your house plan.
Expert:  Machinc replied 10 months ago.
This refers to the structural load bearing exterior walls.
Expert:  Machinc replied 10 months ago.
While windows are an important part of design they are not considered a directional transition.
Expert:  Machinc replied 10 months ago.
Bay and other windows will also need to comply with your HOA
requirements.
Expert:  Machinc replied 10 months ago.
This image looks like it would possibly comply but probably not.
Expert:  Machinc replied 10 months ago.
There are basically only 5 .
Each transition has to be four feet minimum along the front
then drop back at a right angle to the next transition which then
Runs at a right angle for another
Four foot minimum.
Expert:  Machinc replied 10 months ago.
Study the drawing and you will begin to see the pattern type you must follow.
Expert:  Machinc replied 10 months ago.
While the windows do come out in a box or bay style they are not
a true transition .
Expert:  Machinc replied 10 months ago.
The roof line has to follow the six transitions of the outside wall.
Expert:  Machinc replied 10 months ago.
If you have a plan you really like you can show a sample to see if it would comply. However a plan shown at an informal meeting does not necessarily count as acceptance. An official format is used for submitting plans and by using it is the only way you can be sure your plan is approved
Expert:  Machinc replied 10 months ago.
Be right back
Expert:  Machinc replied 10 months ago.
While this plan shows 6 transitions there may be some question about 90 degrees and four feet.
Expert:  Machinc replied 10 months ago.
For a home this size and a requirement this important an architect should be consulted.
A professional can help you pick a plan that complies and possibly make changes to one you like to bring it into compliance.
Expert:  Machinc replied 10 months ago.
About the bay window.
Its angles and the window itself would most likely not be considered as a transition .
Expert:  Machinc replied 10 months ago.
Once you become familiar with the concept you will find it easier to find plans to present.
Expert:  Machinc replied 10 months ago.
A ride around the area can provide some houses for you to use as a reference.
Expert:  Machinc replied 10 months ago.
The builders name is ***** ***** homes under construction . You could contact them and get some ideas.
Expert:  Machinc replied 10 months ago.
The HOA would probably be willing to provide you with the names of companies that have built homes that comply with their design requirements.

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