Did your college student have a treehouse or club house when they were growing up?

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Registered: 08-06-2009
Did your college student have a treehouse or club house when they were growing up?
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Wed, 09-19-2012 - 6:53pm
Did your college students have a hangout outside when they were growing up? Was it in your yard? Did they build it themselves? Did you have one yourself as a child? Did you hear about the family being sued for the pink playhouse? Does your neighborhood have rigid HOA rules? Are you on the board? http://www2.nbc26.tv/news/2012/sep/11/despite-lawsuit-majority-believes-pink-playhouse-s-ar-4528069/ If you were the grandmother in this story would you paint or move?
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DS had a platform (basically a skid) in our tree that dh put in when we moved in to this house (ds was just shy of 7 at the time). He really wanted a true 'house' but dh wasn't up for that big of an undertaking. As a kid I just climbed in our cherry tree in the back yard and basically stood there! We currently have all kinds of weird subdivision rules and our city has some weird ones of its own (like you can't remove a tree unless it's dead)
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Hi sue, My boys had a tree house they started when we lived in Texas, the neighbor made comments to us we should need to file for a building permit ...the house was in his sight line while doing dishes. We live in an older neighborhood started sans rules we have had folks move in and try to change our bylaws so they could control neighbors... Ended up being our largest community meeting ever when they even wanted folks houses to have liens started for paying a voluntary $35 association fee. We have increased the fee to $70 however it never got changed from voluntary. We had a neighbor who moved here from Maryland and cut all the pines out because he was afraid if a hurricane came they might fall on his house. They were over huge and probably close to 50-70 years old. Really changed our view.... I have put in more trees on our side of the line for the birds, raccoons, and bunnies he displaced. I know his AC bills had to have skyrocketed without the noticeable shade.
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Our assn fees are 230 - ugh - mandatory in order to vote, and if you don't pay you can have a lien put on your house. DH is treasurer and has to get out the letter to the one family who still hasn't paid this year. Not fun - he's relinquishing the job in Dec (has had it before). We have rules that say nothing but decorative metal fences (i.e., a pool fence type, which is required by law if you have a pool) - we had new neighbors come in about 3 years ago and they invited the neighbors to see all the samples of what they wanted to use (wood) which resulted in a rush meeting where many people said no; they wanted the open look we've always had. Thankfully the new people just built a big deck vs. fencing their yard (they said the other fence was to keep with their lifestyle - we wondered what, they sunbathe in the nude!? LOL) Now the bigger issue is people knocking down the ranches we have (build in the early 50s, good, sturdy brick homes) to build poorly made McMansions - but we have nothing in the rules that says they can't. Sigh. We liked our little laid back block (U shaped) on the back of the back of another U shaped street; those other streets had the big homes (well built) and now...oh, well.

Sue