Design Guidelines

The following is an outline of some of the more frequent topics relating to design change requests. For the full text  relating to architectural change requests, refer to Article II-Architectural Control, of your Limestone Hills Declaration of Restrictions and Article VIII, Section 2, Item (c) of the Limestone  Hills Maintenance Corporation By-Laws. Both governing documents mandate that the Architectural Review Committee approve all exterior changes or additions to your home or lot. In reference to the design the Board has adopted the following:

General Criteria
The Board of Directors reviews all architectural change requests using the following general criteria:
– Compatibility with the overall design
–  Colors and materials of construction for overall scheme and details
– Impact on landscaping and neighborhood (reasonable passage of light and air)
– Special considerations for townhouse units versus detached housing
– Maintaining a common scheme throughout the community

All changes/additions must be approved in writing by the  Architectural Design Review Committee. Requests for architectural changes should include specifications for any possible additions or modifications such as: awnings, satellite dishes, paint color, decks  (enlargement/addition to existing), doors (front/garage), driveway extensions, patios, retaining walls, sheds (storage), storm doors/windows, children’s playhouses, mailbox replacement/mailbox posts,  painting, re-grading/berms, roofing, shutters, swimming pools, exterior paint colors & lighting fixtures (other than those supplied by builder).

Removing Existing Structure(s): State the criteria for removal of any structure that may change the exterior appearance of the property; for example: major additions, walls and fences.

Listed below are  a few of the specific architectural guidelines that have been approved by the Architectural Design Review Committee and the Board of Directors:

Basketball Hoops: Detached dwellings only – not to be attached to dwelling; location – to the side of the driveway at least 10 feet back from street/sidewalk and properly maintained; not permitted at townhomes.
Birdbath Feeders/house(s):
Not permitted to the front/side of the dwelling (considered as structure – in tree or on post).
Children’s Playhouse:
Restrictions apply to permanent type only. Playhouses  and/or structures which are precut specifically for children’s use as play equipment are permitted – all other designs are to be submitted to ARC for consideration; color must be compatible with color of  house or of natural wood; location not to extend beyond side of home.
Clothesline:
Not permitted if visible from street – only portable permitted (types: umbrella,  retractable/pole) to be visible during daylight hours only.
Flagpoles:
Attached to dwelling/ no free standing/ pole must not exceed 6 feet.
Lawn Ornaments:
Prohibited per deed restrictions.
Mailboxes:
Same size and shape of original mailbox (black)-exterior design to complement exterior of home; no signs attached to mail post (i.e., security signs).
Mail post:
4″ x 4″ unpainted wood post of original design, clear protective sealant.
Storage Shed:
Maximum size 8′ x 10″ x 8’h (80 sq. ft.). –  Location – within 6 feet of rear of dwelling and not extending beyond the side of home; angled attached to rear of  home and not extending beyond side of home. Not permitted on townhouse lots.
Storm Doors:
Full-lite or 3/4 lite – all glass door color to match front door or door trim (applies to front  door only).
Satellite Dishes: Must be located in the least noticeable area, such as on the rear of the dwelling or in the alternative, on the side of the dwelling at ground level with a landscape screen. (approved by LHMC Board 5-9-02)
Solar Panels: 
Solar Panels are currently prohibited in Limestone Hills.

PLEASE NOTE:
Private Open Space:
Common areas are the property of all and cannot be altered by any one owner either by architectural change or by placing personal property on common  areas. This includes the planting or removal of trees, shrubs, or natural planting.
Architectural Change Request forms may be obtained from BC Communities, Inc. – Property Management at 302.234.7710  or download a form by clicking on the link below. 
PRINT OUT AN ARCHITECTURAL CHANGE REQUEST FORM
Remember to maintain your approved Architectural Change Form with your home documents so that they may be passed on to the  future owners.


Town home paint colors for Limestone West
A paint color chart for homes in Limestone Hills West is on file with BC Communities. Please contact Lisa M. Taylor at 234-7710,  especially if you are planning to paint your garage doors.

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