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Paint outside wood - different colour - oops.

Hi,

We have a garden shed (schopf, some 4x5m in size), built from brick with a flat roof, which is constructed from wood and supported on the walls by large-ish joists. (square building, 2 large joists sitting on top of two walls, 8 large joists sitting on these joists at 90 and then the wooden flat roof, with copper flashing). The roof overhangs the walls by 0.5m or so.

When we moved in, the joists were considerably rotten in places, so the rotten portions got replaced, where required (about 7 m of wood in total). The original wood colour was dark brown, almost black with 30 yrs of neglect (as is the wood on our house and all the others; there are 16 houses in our 'estate', and all have a similar design of schopf - stained dark brown).

So, nice and new, and (after huge sanding efforts) was ready for painting, which is now almost complete.

Except --- we painted it white (with 'lasur', so you also really see the structure of the wood). Which looks great, but I've now got a bit concerned that it may not be going down too well with the neighbours. Usually when we do stuff, we get plenty of serious compliments, usually quite thick and fast - but, um, not this time. The schopf is also quite visible to others. We told our direct neighbour beforehand that we were going to paint it white, and she was like: 'Oh.'

Now I'm just really wondering a) have we rocked the boat a bit too much here b) if neighbours do object to such things, what are they most likely to do? Complain to the Gemeinde (I would hope not - don't need that hassle)?

Or c) nothing happens and, in time, the others also start painting theirs white !!
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Re: Paint outside wood - different colour - oops.

stop worrying, you will know soon enough if someone complains to the geminde without having the guts to complain to you directly typical swiss style though). Give it a week or 2 and people will be used to it, its the initial shock " that dirty auslander has changed something"
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stop worrying, you will know soon enough if someone complains to the geminde without having the guts to complain to you directly typical swiss style though). Give it a week or 2 and people will be used to it, its the initial shock " that dirty auslander has changed something"
I hope they do get used to it, without employing the Gemeinde as mediator.. Well, the current plan now is to finish it off as quickly as bloody possible, so they can see the final result. (The schopf looks 'excessive' [so to speak] at the moment, as the walls are currently white. But they will end up being a kind of light pastel yellow - same as the house walls)

Funny - at our last "neighbourly gathering/BBQ" in August last year, the others were commenting on when we were finally going to paint the damned thing!
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Re: Paint outside wood - different colour - oops.

In some places, changing the outside colour requires a permit.

Also, when you are in a complex of a bunch of houses, sometimes there is a plan and you can not deviate from that. All the houses are a certain colour, as are the sheds, the shutters and so on.

When something has not been painted for years you may not even know what the original colour should be. We had that with our last house. So I took the paint samples to the other owners (we were one of 6 houses) and asked what they liked. No one cared but pleased that I asked. The painter did a brilliant job and everyone thought it looked great, except of course it made the other houses really look like they were in need of a paint job (which they were!)

I would check to see that you have not broken any rules.
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In some places, changing the outside colour requires a permit.

Also, when you are in a complex of a bunch of houses, sometimes there is a plan and you can not deviate from that. All the houses are a certain colour, as are the sheds, the shutters and so on.

When something has not been painted for years you may not even know what the original colour should be. We had that with our last house. So I took the paint samples to the other owners (we were one of 6 houses) and asked what they liked. No one cared but pleased that I asked. The painter did a brilliant job and everyone thought it looked great, except of course it made the other houses really look like they were in need of a paint job (which they were!)

I would check to see that you have not broken any rules.
Hi, I've checked - nowhere are any rules about such things (and nothing specific included in the sales contract). Our settlement is 30 yrs old and is slowly going through a generation change - a few houses are looking quite shabby; some have changed things, brown shutters to red (red!), drainpipes from copper to aluminium, windows brown to white, and so on.

I'll wait and see; see what people eventually say. However, yesterday evening, our neighbour asked me if I could also paint his shed, so I guess that's a +1. [+100 if someone else copies us ]
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Re: Paint outside wood - different colour - oops.

You know you're an auslander when... you're worried you might have painted your garden shed the wrong colour.
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Re: Paint outside wood - different colour - oops.

I painted our fence & the colour came out rather darker than expected. In fact I am not even sure I like it that dark. A few weeks later the neighbours painted theirs to match ours.
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Hi, I've checked - nowhere are any rules about such things (and nothing specific included in the sales contract). Our settlement is 30 yrs old and is slowly going through a generation change - a few houses are looking quite shabby; some have changed things, brown shutters to red (red!), drainpipes from copper to aluminium, windows brown to white, and so on.

I'll wait and see; see what people eventually say. However, yesterday evening, our neighbour asked me if I could also paint his shed, so I guess that's a +1. [+100 if someone else copies us ]
Red shutters are perfectly acceptable, most mountain chalets have red shutters and anything over 800m and you can consider it mountain.
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