|RE: Design Review (ie remodeling)||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rob Sandelin (robsanmicrosoft.com)|
|Date: Mon, 13 Jun 94 11:30 CDT|
Susan Paris asked: Does anyone out there have Design Review guidelines or manuals? We would love to see them, and will reimburse for postage and copying costs. Also any info about what seems to work/not work in the 'approval' process. Hi Susan Up the road in Snohomish County, Sharingwood has been struggling over the whole design review issue. We have a ad hoc Architectural Review group which reviews each house plan. Here are the goals for review: Promotes a relationship to the community Offers a diversity of size and price Takes advantage of the natural features of the landscape Co-exists with the current housing. Exactly what these goals mean are up to the committee to define case by case. We were going to get more specific and after lots of input and debate we decided to let the conscience of the committee deal with Architectural Review rather than some decree. The board of directors has oversight over the committee and any disputes are handled by the board. House color is good example. There is no rule that says you can't paint your house red, but it is obvious that a red house would not "co-exist with the current houses" which is one of the above review goals. ( At Sharingwood we have all chosen natural house colors to blend in with the woods so bright red would really be out of place.) Remodeling additions and changes we let the "system" dictate what happens. That is if I wanted to paint my house bright red, the system (my neighbors) would convince me otherwise if that didn't fit with what they wanted. The informal process we use is just to ask the immediate houses about things which might impact them. We have a more formal process for the removal of large trees, which must be approved by the grounds committee. There is a high degree of trust and since we know each other so well it would be hard to imagine someone doing a major improvement to their house without it being topic of dinner conversation at least once. (this is why we felt we didn't need any more specific "rules" about remodeling or design stuff). Communication works such that if you tell one person, everyone knows. (This is not always true of course.) We have a legal backup in case of mass trust failure. There are covenants in our condo declarations which state that all improvements must be approved by the board, and if improvements are made by the owner without board approval the board can hire people to undo the improvement at the owners expense. So if I blow off my neighbors and paint my house bright red, the board can hire people to paint my house back to a more sensible color, and I would have to pay for it. Rob Sandelin Sharingwood 206-936-7157
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