Owner Projects
Original Deck Alterations Satellite Dish Installation
Your original decks may be considered for alteration by completing the following: Execute the Unit Deck Alteration form. Altered deck dimensions shall never exceed 220 square feet (including the steps). Execute a "Revocable License Agreement". The Agreement alleviates Country Hill Estates from providing any further maintenance, upkeep, repair and replacement of all components related to the subject altered deck or to cure any damage to the interior or exterior of the unit resulting from the alteration of the deck. Submit a filing Fee of $25.00 to record the "Revocable License Agreement" with the Hillsborough County Register of Deeds. Submit drawings that specify the dimensions and proposed location of the altered deck. Submit a Building Permit issued by the City of Nashua, NH. Your request will not be considered by the Board until they have received all of the above documents. Please review typical deck specifications (PDF) for additional information. The following additional conditions must be met prior to and during the construction process: Remember, the altered dimensions shall not exceed 220 square feet (including the steps). 1. You must check for underground utilities before digging up any loam/top soil under your altered deck or before digging any footing holes by calling Dig Safe at (888) 344-7233. Dig Safe will come to your unit and mark all utility lines FREE OF CHARGE. This isn't just a good idea, it's the law. 2. Any damages made to landscaping, irrigation systems or utility lines because of the construction, will be at the owner's expense and all repairs/replacements will be to the satisfaction of the Board. 3. Any relocation/addition to irrigation heads necessary to ensure continued complete coverage of the Common area shall be at the unit owner's expense and to the satisfaction of the Board. 4. After removing any loam/top soil from the area under the deck, the area shall be first covered with landscaping fabric and then top filled with crushed stone not less than two (2") inches deep. The crushed stone must be pitched away from the unit. (1½ inch pitch) 5. The altered deck and the removal of all construction trash must be completed within 30 days of commencement of construction. Note: After completion, altered decks must meet the same standards as original decks that are maintained by the Association. Yearly inspections shall be conducted by the board. If discrepancies are discovered, the unit owner shall be required to correct such discrepancies at their sole cost an expense.
Unit Owners must obtain written Board approval before attempting to install a satellite dish on their unit. Unit Owners must also agree to abide by the requirements and specifications contained in the two page Satellite Dish Installation form. To obtain written Board approval, Unit Owners must execute both pages of the approval form and remit it along with a $100 Security Deposit to the property manager to obtain written Board approval. The Security Deposit is required to insure that satellite dishes are properly removed before ownership of the unit is transfered to a new entity. If the dish is not removed before transfer, to the satisfaction of the Board, the owner will forfeit the Security Deposit, otherwise it will be returned. The following requirements and specifications apply to all satellite dish installations: (Excerpt from the FCC FACT SHEET, August 1996, http://www.ccfj.net/FCClaw.htm. Placement of Direct Broadcast Satellite, Multichannel Multipoint Distribution Service, and Television Broadcast Antennas) As directed by Congress in the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the Federal Communications Commission has adopted rules concerning restrictions on viewers' ability to receive video programming signals from direct broadcast satellites (DBS), multichannel multipoint distribution (wireless cable) providers (MMDS), and television broadcast stations (TVBS). The new rule prohibits restrictions that impair the installation, maintenance or use of antennas used to receive video programming. These antennas include DBS satellite dishes that are less than one meter (39") in diameter (larger in Alaska), TV antennas, and antennas used to receive MMDS. The rule prohibits most restrictions that: (1) unreasonably delay or prevent installation, maintenance or use, (2) unreasonably increase the cost of installation, maintenance or use, or (3) preclude reception of an acceptable quality signal. This rule means that, in most circumstances, viewers will be able to install, use and maintain an antenna on their property if they directly own the property on which the antenna will be located. Essentially, the FCC Rules permit installation of a satellite dish on directly owned property of a unit owner who is a member of a homeowner association. A satellite dish may not be installed anywhere on Common area property; enumerated in our Amended And Restated Declaration that is available for viewing on the web site. Additionally: 1. Owner agrees that as a unit owner and a member CHECA’s home owners association (HOA), he is permitted to install a satellite dish that complies with the FCC fact sheet above, to his directly owned property. 2. Owner agrees that CHECA is not obligated to provide an alternate location should any satellite dish be unable to receive a signal. 3. Owner agrees to remove any non-operational dish as soon as it becomes non- operational. 4. Owner agrees that trees and vegetation in the Common area may not be modified in any way to accommodate signal reception for an individual unit. If there is an obstruction to signal reception, the unit owner may request that the BOD review the impediment to determine if it can reasonably be alleviated. 5. Owner agrees that CHECA is not liable for any damage to satellite dish installations from falling tree limbs, snow, ice, or any other objects including damage as a result of maintaining the Common property. 6. Owner agrees that damage caused to a dish installation by an adjoining unit owner/occupant is considered a private contention between unit owners and will not be mediated by CHECA. 7. Owner agrees to pay a $100 Security Deposit to insure that the satellite dish is properly removed before ownership of the unit is transfered to a new entity. Owner agrees that if the dish is not removed before transfer, to the satisfaction of the Board, the owner will forfeit the Security Deposit, otherwise it will be returned. 8. Owner agrees that if a contractor is used to install the satellite dish the contractor must provide a Certificate of Liability Insurance, naming CHECA as the Certificate holder, and provides for liability and workman's compensation insurance coverage. Please remember: to run wiring from the dish directly into the unit. No wires may be run anywhere on, under or through the exterior siding surface, designated Common area, of the unit. wire penetration should be the minimum required to effectuate the installation. One should be sufficient. Wiring to distribute the satellite signal to owner specified interior termination points must be accomplished on the interior of the unit, usually by fishing the wires through the interior walls of the unit. installations must be in compliance with all local building codes and regulations and may not constitute a health or safety hazard
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The following is a partial list of specifications that must be followed if you intend to proceed with any of the enhancements allowed under the legal documents of the Association and approved by the Board of Directors. The specifications have been adopted to benefit all the members of our community while still allowing the specific unit owner to enhance the appearance of their unit. All owner projects that would alter any part of the Common or Limited Common area of Association property, including the ones listed below, must be authorized in writing, by the Board. There will be no exceptions. Forms have been provided on the Request Forms page for this purpose. You may also obtain the forms from our managing agent. Additionally, the Board will require any unauthorized alteration to the Common or Limited Common area, to be returned to its original state at the unit owner's sole cost and expense. If, after written notification by the Board, the unit owner does not return said area to its original state, the Board will make the necessary corrections. In such a case, the unit owner shall be assessed all costs associated therewith, including reasonable attorney fees if applicable.
Exterior Painting Window & Door Replacements & Additions Gutters, Rain Deflectors & Radon Mediation Systems
Is it time for new windows? You should start shopping for replacements when the following problems crop up. Extensive rot. Small pockets of decay can be scraped out and filled, but if the sill and jambs are severely compromised, there's no saving them. Fogged glass. When the perimeter seal on a double-glazed window fails, the condensation that collects between the panes of glass spoils the view and reduces energy efficiency. The window needs a new sash, at the least, if not an entire replacement. Poor function. Is a sash hard to open or will it not stay open? Those old windows from the weight-and-pulley era are easy to fix, but sashes with tubular-balance hardware from the 1950s, '60s, and 70s may not be worth saving. Upgrade for re-siding eligibility. Get more information on re-siding eligibility here.
Gutters, Rain Deflectors and Radon Mitigation Systems are neither supplied nor maintained by the Association. If you wish to install either, please use the Miscellaneous Alterations form to apply for Board permission to install any of these items. Please be aware that installation and maintenance of these items will be at your sole cost and expense. Additionally, if you sustain any water damage to your unit because of faulty installation or maintenance, you shall be required to repair any damage to your unit at your sole cost and expense, to the satisfaction of the Board.
Except to the extent provided for in the Condominium Act, the Declaration and the Bylaws, no unit owner shall do anything that would change the exterior appearance of his unit or any portion of the condominium. All unit owners must paint their own front door and may paint the shutters of their unit to match, but only with colors compatible with the aesthetics of the condominium and his unit and with prior written permission of the Board. Please submit the Miscellaneous Alterations form to apply for approval.
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The Association provides maintenance (paint only) for exterior windows and garage doors only. You must paint your own front door to conform to current Association specifications. If, during pre-painting inspection, it is determined that any part of your unit's windows or garage door, that are required to be maintained by the Association, have deteriorated to the extent that they are beyond repair, you will be required to replace them, at your sole cost and expense. Deficient windows or garage doors will not be painted. Window and/or door replacement requires written Board approval as to style and standards. If city permits are required, you must obtain them at your own expense and submit them with your request form. Association policy requires the use of maintenance free replacement products (i.e. aluminum or vinyl clad replacement windows with a white exterior surface color). Exterior doors must also conform to city building codes. The following specifications must be followed: All replacement windows on a given unit must be the same size and type as the original windows on the unit, (i.e. you must replace double-hung for double-hung, casement for casement, etc.), you cannot change the type of your original windows. For instance, you cannot change a unit’s casement windows to sliders. 1. All exterior surfaces of any replacement window must be white in color. No exceptions will be allowed. 2. If a unit owner decides not to replace all of the windows on his unit at one time, subsequent future replacement windows must be the same type, color and appearance as the unit’s original replacement windows. All subsequent window replacements will require Unit owners to submit a new Window & Door Form for Board approval. 3. When a window is replaced in it's entirety, (by removing the sash, frame, sill and trim), all exterior surfaces must be "maintenance free" (i.e. vinyl or aluminum clad). No product can be installed by face nailing, which over time will require painting. 4. When only the window sash is to be replaced, all exterior surfaces must be "maintenance free" (i.e. vinyl or aluminum clad). All remaining surfaces of the existing original window must be covered with white aluminum or white PVC trim coil. This includes window casings, sills and trim. No face nailing please. 5. At some point in time, our vinyl siding will need to be replaced. At such time, any additional work needed, (because of faulty window replacement), to make unit windows weather tight during the residing process, any additional cost will be charged to the unit owner. Please submit the Window form or the Door form to apply for approval. You MUST obtain Board approval BEFORE you replace any unit windows or doors. Note: Water infiltration can have many ramifications. All costs to cure any damages to your unit as a result of deficient windows and/or doors is your sole responsibility. You will be subject to all pertinent Association rules, regulations and penalties if repairs and/or replacements are not made in a timely manner.
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Three ways to replace windows  Choose the option that best suits your budget and the condition of your existing window frames and jambs. FULL-FRAME Completely replaces existing units. Use if a jamb or sill is shot. PRO: Offers most styles and highest energy efficiency. Opening a wall cavity allows you to upgrade insulation. CON: Hard to install; requires removal of interior and exterior trim and some siding. Inserts from the outside. Shown: Andersen 400 Series Woodwright. FRAME-AND-SASH INSERT A frame with factory-fitted sashes. You keep existing sill and jambs. PRO: Easiest to install. Trim not affected. Goes in from the inside. CON: Most expensive option. Frame reduces size of window opening by up to 1 inch on all sides. Shown: Marvin Ultimate Insert. SASHES ONLY Unit slides on plastic tracks mounted to existing side jambs. PRO: Least expensive option. Neither trim nor opening size is affected. Installs from the inside. CON: Available only as double-or-single-hungs. Requires exact measurements for sill angle and window opening. Existing frame must be square and solid.  Shown: Marvin Tilt-Pac. Alternatives  to wood Windows made of these three materials don’t need as much maintenance as wood but can fall short on style. We recommend Vinyl (price) and Fiberglass Composites (best quality but most expensive). ALUMINUM Durable; needs virtually no maintenance beyond an occasional washing. Choose from several long-lasting colored finishes. The metal conducts heat, which can result in inside condensation and lower energy efficiency. VINYL The least expensive option. Never needs painting but available only in light colors as dark hues cause vinyl to heat up and expand. Good insulator. Vulnerable to cracking in the cold. Not as strong as wood, so sash frames are thick and bulky. FIBERGLASS Stable in hot or cold climates; insulates better than all other window materials, including wood. Available in colors; easy to paint when dark colors fade. Can’t be shaped and milled like wood, and is more expensive.

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Window types
Unit owners are limited as to their choice of window types. You must use the same type of windows that are original to the unit. For instance, if your unit has double-hung windows and a slider, then they must be replaced with the same type of replacements. You cannot replace them with casement windows. Besides the way they look, the differences are defined by how the sashes function within their frames
double-hung: Two sashes slide up and down. (On single-hung, only the lower sash moves.) Sashes often tilt in for easy cleaning. Hard to weatherstrip. Open sashes cover half the window, blocking airflow. Screens mount on the exterior.
casement: A hinged sash swings out with a push or a hand crank. Full-height opening provides maximum ventilation, but the sash can suffer damage if left open in the rain. Easy to seal tightly. Screens mount on the inside.
fixed: Less expensive and more energy efficient than other windows because the sash doesn't open. Often used as architectural accents or in inaccessible areas, such as gable peaks. Available in many sizes and shapes.
slider: It has one or two sashes that move horizontally like a patio door. Easy to use because you don't have to lift the sashes. Lower tracks need occasional cleaning. Open sashes cover half the window, blocking airflow. Screens mount on the outside.
awning and hopper: An awning has top hinges and opens outward; a hopper is hinged at the bottom and opens inward. Awnings have cranks and inside screens; hoppers are pulled open and have outside screens.
COUNTRY HILL ESTATES is a distinctive condominium community development that offers  a variety of detached single family homes, uniquely located and designed to create an intimacy of country village life, yet provide the services and conveniences of city dwelling.