A WOMAN in Idaho is taking matters into her own hands after sharing that her homeowners association objected to five different colors she wanted to paint her house.
Amy Whyte lives in Boulder Creek, Idaho, and has moved into a home that has gone through a lot of renovations.
Whyte revealed that the home needed to be repainted before purchasing because it was built up, and began planning a color scheme that she liked and that would be approved by the HOA.
“When I moved into this house … it needed a lot of updating,” Whyte said, according to the Boise Dev.
“We have done so much to make this house a home. Except color.”
Whyte revealed that she was charged $2,000 to repaint the house and had been saving for it for two years.
The release featured emails detailing some exchanges between Whyte and her HOA that showed at least five colors she suggested were rejected.
The exchange also appeared to show HOA members’ personal opinions, including whether or not they thought a color palette would “go well with a house.”
“I also think the navy blue with white trim and red brick will look like an American flag. Not that I’m not patriotic, I just don’t think it looks good on a house,” wrote an HOA member named Travis Koci .
Whyte claimed that even though the colors were not part of the HOA’s approved color list, she had seen homes painted in dark and blue hues.
In 2021, the HOA updated its color list.
The following year the board decided they would not continue, causing even more chaos for Whyte.
“We understand that this may be frustrating for some, and if it means they are no longer able to provide their time to the board, we would completely understand,” the board wrote at the time.
Since then, Whyte has contacted the city, the mayor and others trying to get help.
She claimed the cost of the paint rose to $8,500.
“I paid a lawyer for two and a half years just to paint my house,” Whyte said.
“Just to paint my house two streets away the exact same color.”
After working with an attorney, she finally received approval to paint her house the way she wanted.
“They don’t like me,” Whyte concluded.
“It’s just so frustrating to be excluded.”