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Guidelines for Variance for Detached Storage Sheds

In order to install a detached storage shed, an association member must petition the Board of Directors to grant a variance to the Covenants and Restrictions of the Rolling Knolls Association.  A variance will only be granted if the member shows that they are willing to abide by the following guidelines:

  1. The construction of any detached storage shed shall have the prior approval of the Board of Directors.

  2. All materials must match the exterior of the Association member’s house, including, but not limited to, roofing, siding, trim, stain, paint color…etc.  This does not require a shed to be of all brick construction, but a brick accent could be used it desired.  In the case of this style of construction, the shed must match the style and trim of the house.

  3. The placement of the shed must be by mutual agreement of the homeowner and the Board of Directors.  The Board’s guidance in this matter will be based in large part upon the surrounding location of homes, the shape of the lot, ad the natural scenery and views.

  4. Sheds must be constructed on a concrete pad.

  5. No shed may be constructed on an easement and must conform to building setback requirements found on a homeowner’s architectural plans.

  6. No shed may be constructed that is larger than 12 feet by 18 feet.

  7. No driveway or paved surface may be constructed to the shed.

  8. All sheds must be located to the rear of the existing building line and cannot have any attachments to the basic structure.

  9. No materials of any kind (excluding firewood) may be stored outside the shed.

  10. No animals or humans may be housed in the shed.

  11. Sheds should have similar landscaping as the house on at least three sides.

  12. A building permit should be obtained and construction should follow Cook County codes or the requirements below, whichever is more strict:

Construction Guidelines

a)      2 X 4 construction – sidewalls 16 inches on center

b)      2 X 6 rafters or 2 X 4 trussed rafters – 24 inches on center, for the roof

c)      2 X 4 bottom plate (wolmanized) secured to the concrete slab

d)      ½ inch plywood roof sheathing

e)      240 pound asphalt singles

f)      14 pound felt

g)      2 X 6 headers on doors and windows

h)      1 X 8 fascia

i)       Doors must be of residential garage door quality


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