Anyway, they sent us a letter to inform us that we were in a state of "non-compliance" with an HOA rule that requires air conditioning units to be blocked from view by plants or fences. My initial reaction was what?! Isn't ours covered?, but a quick trip to the side of the house revealed this:
Yeah. Very exposed and not at all covered.
So I drove around the neighborhood to see what other people have done with their A/C units. About 85% of them had backyard fences that extended into the side yard to cover the A/C units. Smart. I wish our builders would've thought of that. The other 15% of them had exposed ones just like us, with the exception of one house that had some bushes planted around their unit. Hmm.
Since moving the fence to cover it wasn't really an option, we needed to either get some plants or continue being in a state of "non-compliance." Clearly, there are plenty of other people in the neighborhood who chose non-compliance, but as a couple of first-born-child-rule-followers (one of whom spent a semester in Property class learning about the horrible liens and fines HOAs can stick you with), we decided to buy some plants.
We were in the middle of our backyard makeover anyway, so on a trip to Houston Garden Center we picked up three $6 oleanders.
Anyway, so Jeff got out there and staked out their positions and dug some holes and filled the holes with soil and got those guys planted.
I've got to admit, it does look better with a few plants around it. Plus, I just love those little pink flowers!
Now we just have to hope that they grow big and tall before the Homeowner's Association notices...
Totally blocking it from view, right? Haha.
Has anyone else got one of those awful HOA letters? I felt like such a bad person when we got it... I just hate breaking rules!! Haha.