RV Storage at a Premium, Some Custom Home Buyers Build in Storage Space
For owners of recreational vehicles, (RV) storage is an important issue. For RV owners, storage is as important as its use. Many Homeowners’ Associations (HOA) in place today prohibit RV storage on a homeowner’s property for more than a couple of days, unless enclosed in a garage. A standard car garage isn’t remotely close to the size required by most recreational vehicles. Storing an RV off-site becomes a necessity without a property large enough for enclosed storage in an HOA regulated area. If one is fortunate enough to live in an area that is not regulated by an HOA, you may be able to store the RV in the driveway or side yard area, but this doesn’t mean your neighbors like it. Storing an RV off-site is typically an inconvenience when preparing for a trip, and unpacking from a trip. Most RV owners would agree that the ease of loading and unloading for a vacation, camping trip, or other adventure is much more convenient when it can be done at home over a few days without rushing to get the RV off the property before the HOA jumps down your throat. Storing an RV off-site at a local storage company may cost anywhere from $30 to $90 a month depending on where you live.
At Woodridge Custom Builders LLC, as custom home builders some of our customers have experienced these RV storage issues. If at all possible, RV storage was constructed with their custom home if the lot was large enough and allowed by their HOA. Aside from the difficulty with adequate RV storage space on the lot, incorporating such a large garage into the architecture of a house that meets with HOA approval is sometimes challenging. In many custom homes subdivisions, all garages must have side-entries. Difficult for a large RV, a lot must be extremely large to allow for any kind of side-entry. RV garages must be higher than a standard car garage and this too can create an architectural challenge. Most HOAs will not approve a custom home design and floor plan if the RV garage is an unsightly large box better fitting in an industrial park than a residential custom home neighborhood.
For custom home buyers interested in incorporating RV storage with the construction of their custom home, a well-planned home design and floor plan can save time later with HOA and city code approvals. Waiting to construct an RV storage garage until after the home is completed is not recommended unless it has been initially incorporated into the house plans. In most municipalities, homes constructed on residential lots are permitted to cover a certain percentage of the lot. Failing to let the architect know that an RV storage garage is planned for later, the architect may design the house and standard garages without leaving enough room for RV storage as required by designated zoning. Exceeding lot coverage may require a variance by the municipality and approval by neighbors prior to construction.
At first glance it doesn’t seem as though the custom home in the photo below includes an RV storage area. In fact, this large lot included RV storage in the back of the home. As shown in the second photo, although large enough for a 36 foot RV, this garage is located in the back of the house and not overbearing and overpowering to the architecture of the house.