An Overview to Home Exterior Modifications
Living in a planned community can provide many benefits. At the same time, it imposes certain restrictions on individual property rights, particularly with respect to the right of homeowners to change the appearance of their home and lot. It is important for homeowners to understand both how the Association is structured and operates and their rights and obligations as members of the Association. By requiring exterior modifications be reviewed prior to being completed on a home ensures conformances with the Design Guidelines, uniformity in appearance, and assists with raising property values. It also guarantees that it will not be noted during a violation or resale inspection of the home and potentially require residents to revert the modification back to its original condition which can end up being a costly endeavor.
Exterior Modifications Guide
When it comes to what an application needs to be submitted for the Association has broad rules requiring applications for any modifications to the home, ranging from the installation of a roof to changing a front porch light fixture. There are only three exceptions to the rule that do not require applications:
1. Building exteriors may be repainted or re-stained provided that there is no color change from the original.
2. Exterior building components may be repaired so long as there is no change in the type of material and color.
3. Minor landscape improvements may be made, such as planting flowers and bulbs in existing beds.
Unless the proposed exterior modification falls into one of these three categories an application will be required.
Architectural Review Process
The Architectural Review Board exists so that Sully Station II can remain a special place to live. Anyone wishing to make external changes to their property must meet the association requirements for modifications and submit an application before initiating work.
1. The Design Guidelines, as well as other legally binding documents, are provided to homeowners prior to closing on a house. Please read the guidelines and application requirements carefully before submitting your application.
2. Submit your application, along with any other required documentation to the management company. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. the Wednesday before the meeting date. Incomplete applications will not be included on the meeting agenda.
3. The ARB will review your application and perform any site inspections as needed outlined in the Association documents. You will be contacted if additional information is needed or if there are any questions. Note – the ARB enforces community guidelines but it is up to you to make sure you meet local permit requirements.
4. Management will notify you of the ARB decision on your application.