Remodeling in Sunriver Oregon

Real Estate Agent with Cascades Sotheby's International Realty

I am continueing my blog with addditional information to help the home buyer in Sunriver, Oregon.  We are a resort community with a very strong vacation rental program.  Because many of the homes are vacation rentals and 2nd homes they have not been cared for or "updated" like a primary residence.  I am developing a series of blogs for the buyer to help answer some of the immediate questions regarding remodeling.     

What do I have to do if I want to add a (hot tub, deck, garage/carport, 4th bedroom, asphalt driveway etc) to this property?

Any exterior change to the property requires written approval by the Sunriver Owners Association (SROA) Design Committee.

Larger proposals such as new construction, enclosed additions, hot tubs etc require full committee approval and neighborhood notification, while minor items such as reproofing and landscaping will be reviewed by individual committee members administratively.

 Administrative reviews are performed on a daily basis while full committee reviews occur twice per month.

 When it comes to remodeling, what are some of the basic Sunriver CC&R's I need to be aware of?

 Setbacks (Buffer between property line and where a structure can be located)

  • 7.5ft setback from the property line for 2 story homes
  • 5 ft setback from the property line for 1 story homes

If there is at least 50ft of common behind the home then you can build right up to the rear property line. For every ft short of 50 ft you need to add 6 inches of setback i.e. If you have 49 ft of common behind you, there will be a 6 inch setback from the property line)

  •   20ft setback from the front property line
  •  If you are adding a partial second story (adding a den over the garage) the ENTIRE home must comply with the setback requirements for a 2 story home

Your footprint is not allowed to exceed 35% of the total square footage of the lot. Footprint includes anything 12 inches or higher (home, garage, decks, trash enclosures etc).

You must provide at least 200 sq ft of parking space per bedroom. Garage space does not count. This is something to keep in mind if you plan on adding an additional bedroom. Existing homes that do not meet this requirement are grandfathered in.

No more than 40% of the entire living space can be on the second story. Rule of thumb not carved in stone.


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Thesa Chambers
Fred Real Estate Group - Bend, OR
Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon

Kelly - nice job - it always amazes me when an agent tries to represent a buyer or seller in Sunriver and they do not know these facts - I have heard time and time again - my agent never told me... good for you to keep abreast of the rules and protecting your clients

May 17, 2008 02:57 PM #1
Amy Campbell
RE/MAX Sunset Realty - Sunriver, OR
Broker, Sunriver Real Estate

Again great jo on posting the facts - it is amazing all the rules and regulations in this community - very interesting - there are some that I didn't know - thanks!

May 18, 2008 05:02 AM #2
Chuck Willman
Utah Homes - Alpine, UT
Utah Homes

Kelly- it's so good of you to point out where one could find such information- all to often people find out too late what is permissable.

May 23, 2008 05:43 PM #3
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