Architectural Guidelines

Final Version of the Vandever Trails Architectural Guidelines

Overview
This document was created with the sole intent of keeping the neighborhood uniform and attractive in order to protect the investment made by each of our Homeowner's. Although each individual will likely not agree with every standard contained in this guideline, the purpose is to try and satisfy the concerns and desires of the majority. Acceptance of this document will require a vote of the Association, as will any amendments and changes going forward.

Approved Items
The Standards and Guidelines exist for areas that can be visibly seen from the street or adjacent properties. Unless specifically addressed otherwise below, the ARC does not need to approve items which meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Items which are located in the rear of the home
  2. Located behind a privacy fence
  3. Not visible from neighboring yards or the street
  4. Is either a) screened from the view of the adjoining neighbors or b) is not obtrusive or offensive from neighboring properties, both by sight and smell.

Examples

Exterior Fixtures/Mountings and Structures
All exterior fixtures and mountings must meet the following criteria:

  1. Must compatible with and aesthetically similar in color, existing architecture, scale, and style with the home to which they are attached, adjacent homes, and the environmental surroundings.
  2. Is either a) screened from the view of the adjoining neighbors or b) is not obtrusive or offensive from neighboring properties, both by sight and smell.
  3. All construction must be completed within 180 days once started.

This specifically applies, but is not limited, to:

  1. Attic Ventilators
  2. Awnings
  3. Screened porches and sun rooms

Not Approved Under Any Circumstances:

Exterior Materials
In general, all exterior construction materials must be made from:

  1. Matching brick to the home
  2. Pressure treated lumber, cedar, or redwood
  3. Similar siding materials as used in the original construction of the home

This specifically applies, but is not limited, to:

Specific Items

Antennas: Ham radio and other unsightly antennas are not allowed. Satellite dishes are acceptable, but must comply with the guidelines set forth herein governing the installation of satellite dishes.

Attic Ventilators: Attic ventilators and painted turbines are permitted. Ventilators and turbines must be mounted on the least visible side of the roof ridgeline so as to minimize their visibility.

Awnings, Window:Must be of plain design or with decorative features compatible with the color scheme of the house.

The awning must be consistent with the visual scale of the house to which the awning is attached

Chimney: Chimneys must either be masonry or enclosed in the same finish material as the exterior of the home to which they are attached.

Clothes Lines: Clothes lines or similar apparatus for the exterior drying of clothes are not permitted.

Common Area: Homeowners are not allowed to alter, by any kind of planting or building of any structure, any common area, easement or right of way located next to or close to their property.

The VTHA Common Areas are: