Ok, second question, since several of you answered with what I also consider a "frame" house means, too. My understanding what a frame house means aligns with what commenter Rachel said her dad (a home builder) considers to be a frame house: a frame house means wood construction ( 2×4s, wooden roof trusses, etc.) as the base layer, not brick, etc. Or as one commenter said: "a house constructed from a wooden skeleton, typically covered with sheathing."
Others replied it means no modular, prefab, trailers, or containers as the home. Also agreed that the way I see the covenants written, this would not allow this type of home.
Ok - so would you consider an 8000 square foot (80 x 100) steel building with living quarters inside to be a "frame or log home" and would you consider it to fall under the "rural residential in character" part of the covenants?
80x100 is HUGE! That's what the new neighbors plan to have built next year. Dh tried to talk to Mrs. Neighbor about it last evening when she was outside in her yard and he had gone out to turn off a sprinkler for our yard. Her reply was "well, how big is that?" pointing at our shop behind dh. Dh said it's 1728 square feet.....8000 square feet is over 4 1/2 times the size of this building. (and we agree - our shop is/seems big!). They have apparently decided not to care what gets put in their own neighborhood, yet a few weeks ago Mr told us he actually wrote a letter to a property owner a mile and a half from us because they don't like how he keeps his property (a property with no covenants and no county restrictions on what you do with your property)......go figure on that one, because I sure can't.
Dh and I had went into town for a soft ice cream cone and on the way back, passing our little county airport is this big steel building at the airport. I said to dh - how big is that building? He wasn't sure, so when we got home he got online with google earth where you can look at things overhead and measure with a feature they have. This building is 4400 square feet. So, the new neighbor wants to put a steel building that is almost double this size in our "rural residential" neighborhood as his heavy equipment storage and residence.
I know everyone has different opinions and interpretations as to what's acceptable, but I'm sorry, this is not it for me and the type of homes I thought our neighborhood of 7 lots was supposed to be! One of the reasons we bought this property is because it does have some covenants. While I know some steel buildings can be made to look similar to a residential home (and I'd be ok with that), this size of building at 8000 square foot building will not be able to look anything like a residential house or "keep the entire subdivsion rural residential in character". So very very disappointing. At this point I'd rather have a prefab or double wide manfg. home than something like this. At least they look like a house and not a warehouse.
And that doesn't even address the guy's plans to try to run a heavy equipment construction company out of this property..