Guideline No. 42 – Rebuilds

An Exterior Alteration Application is required for all tear downs and/or new construction.  Approval is required prior to demolition except where demolition is necessary to maintain the integrity of the neighborhood. All applications for tear downs/rebuilds are required to obtain a Howard County building permit.

Application Requirements

Application must include:

  • Site Plan-with dimensions, boundaries, present structures, & proposed alteration.

Note: Applications without a diagramed plot/plat plan will not be accepted.

  • A plot/survey plan showing the current and proposed footprints of the new house in relationship with and measurement to all abutting property lines.
  • A list of exterior building materials with detailed descriptions, color samples and styles.
  • Scale drawing of proposed floor plan.
  • Scale drawings of proposed construction including elevations/all views.
  • Description of material, and color(s) for the following -roof, siding, trim, doors, fixtures.
  • Foundation information.
  • Deck information with completed Deck Worksheet.

Approval

Your application will most likely be approved if the following criteria are met:

  1. Submitted a completed application.
  2. Have clearly marked corners of the structure for any site visits to be done by the Resident Architectural Committee.
  3. Have described tree removal. See GUIDELINE No. 28- LANDSCAPING.
  4. Include the signatures of abutting and visually affected property owners.
  5. All replaced structures are of the same style, materials, colors, etc.
  6. Timelines with anticipated starting and completion dates for demolition, construction and landscaping are provided.
  7. Five (5) copies of plans over 11”x17” are included.

NOTE: Remind your contractors that they may not start before 7:00 a.m. and if work is to be done on the week-ends that they are considerate of your neighbors. It would be greatly appreciated if they could start a little later on weekends. If port-a-potties are used please ensure that your contractor follows COMAR rules for placement.  Please ensure that all debris is removed in a timely fashion during and after construction and that no waste is allowed to accumulate on the lot.

Guideline No. 44 – Residing, Reroofing and Restyling

An Exterior Alteration Application must be submitted for residing, reroofing or restyling if it will be a color or material change. A “change” in house color includes any variations in shade, lighter or darker, from the original builder-approved and applied color as well as the addition of stone or masonry trim.

Application Requirements

Application must include:

  • A site (plot) plan.

Note: Applications without a diagramed plot/plat plan will not be accepted.

  • A sample of the proposed new siding or shingle.
  • Plans for addition of any masonry or stone.
  • Plans for roof with sample of the color.

Approval

Your application will most likely be approved if the following criteria are met:

  1. Samples of all colors selected are provided. The number of colors used should be limited to one for siding, one for trim, with a compatible accent door color.
  2. Care is taken to complement the roof color.
  3. Proposed colors are medium to dark or earth tone colors.
  4. Trim should remain close to, but not lighter than, house siding color.
  5. The colors do not duplicate colors used on neighboring homes.
  6. Foundation painting matches or blends with the color of the siding.

NOTE: Residing with aluminum or vinyl should follow the same color guidelines as for house repainting. An actual sample is required. Horizontal siding is preferred.  Window and door trim will remain contemporary in style.

Guideline No. 54 – Storm or Screen Windows and Doors (New and Replacement) – Fast Track Available

An Exterior Alteration Application must be submitted for storm/screen windows and doors other than full view doors where door trim matches, exterior door, shutters, gutters and downspouts and front door molding.

Application Requirements

Application must include:

  • Complete details of the style, color, size and location of the storm/screen windows and doors.

Note: Applications without a diagramed plot/plat plan will not be accepted.

  • A manufacturer’s drawing and/or photograph for all replacement storm/screen windows and doors.

Approval

Your application will most likely be approved if the following criteria are met:

  1. The doors or windows are of straight forward design without bars, cross-hatching, filigree or decorative embellishments.
  2. The storm door is compatible with the house style.
  3. Storm doors match the color of the house siding, exterior door or trim.

NOTE: Townhouse and condominium associations may have further restrictions on storm/screen windows and doors so please check with your local association. The most restrictive guidelines will apply.

Guideline No. 60a — Windows (Replacement, Additions)

An Exterior Alteration Application must be submitted for all additional windows, replacement windows, garden windows, dormers if the style of the replacement or addition varies from the original.

Application Requirements

Applications must include:

  • A site plot/plan indicating location of window changes.

Note: Applications without a diagramed plot/plat plan will not be accepted.

  • Complete details about the style, color, size and location of all windows to be added or replaced.
  • Manufacturers’ drawings, photographs.
  • Material samples, if requested.

Approval

Your application will most likely be approved if the following criteria are followed:

  1. Alterations and materials are in keeping with the existing style and exterior color scheme of the house.
  2. Proposed additions are uniform with other windows, e.g. mullions, grids, trim, color, etc.