In November 2007, Dan Gamache replaced his wood shake roof with asphalt shingles, violating the covenants in his Valley at Erindale neighborhood. Here is a map of the neighborhood:
The homeowners assocation board tried to stop him before he finished it. But he pushed ahead anyway. For the next nine months or so, the board tried to get Gamache to replace it. He was fined every day for non-compliance and the board eventually threatened a lawsuit that resulted in mediation.
Here is a look at Gamache’s roof before it was replaced and after, with asphalt shingles.
Unfortunately, Gamache died Aug. 31, before the deal was completed.
His death shocked members of the HOA board. They wish they had known about his failing health.
Some feel badly his final months were spent in a stressful struggle with the neighborhood over his roof.
And they are upset his family’s time of grief must include worrying about the roof. But the covenants are clear and the neighborhood united in its belief the roof must be replaced. At a special meeting in July, the neighobrhood voted 42-5 to reject efforts to change the covenants and allow asphalt shingles.
Here are the meeting minutes: erindaleminutes
The estate is working to replace the roof. It expects to have the $8,000 asphalt roof stripped off and a new $15,000 stone-coated metal roof installed by Nov. 9 to meet an agreed deadline with the HOA, according to his friend, Peter Landsman.
Here are photos of some of the other roofs in the neighborhood: