Architectural Guidelines

Neighborhood Architectural Guidelines

 

The following is a combination of key Restrictions and Board approved Architectural Guidelines that will help determine acceptable improvements/changes.

 

Refer to the Bylaws/Restrictions page for additional information as needed.  Topics covered include:

 

Color Changes:  For siding, trim, overhead garage door and gutter color change requests, only colors that are in the category generally described as “Earth Tone” will be approved (white is okay for trim).  Siding may be painted with either exterior paint or wood stain.  (In the past, the ACC has primarily approved selections from charts of wood stain colors, such as acrylic solid stains, opaque oil stains, etc., rather than from paint color charts, as the ranges of colors in the stain charts are usually within acceptable parameters for our neighborhood.  

  • A RFI for any exterior color change must be submitted to the ACC along with a sample (swatch) of the proposed color(s).

  • Color(s) requested must be identified on the RFI by paint brand, specification number and type of paint (e.g Duron SW7071 “Gray Screen” Weathershield Exterior Acrylic Latex)

  • The ACC will compare the requested color(s) with color charts on file.  If the ACC determines that the requested color is within the acceptable range of colors for the neighborhood, the color will be approved.

  • If the requested color is outside the range of the charts, the ACC will work with the homeowner to select and an acceptable color. 

 

Fences:   Fences shall generally be limited in height to no more 42 inches.  Fences more than 42 inches high are sometimes approved based on a review of potential impact on neighboring property.

  • Before submitting a RFI for a fence, the ACC strongly encourage homeowners to discuss the proposed fence with all their adjacent neighbors, considering any practical or aesthetic effects it may have on the others’ property, and as a matter of good will and courtesy.

  • Only fences of pressure treated wood (stained natural or unstained) will be permitted. Colors such as white will not be allowed. Chain link, vinyl, fiberglass or other materials will not be allowed.

  • All fence material shall be installed with the finish side facing away from the lot (i.e. framing members on the homeowner’s side of fence), except for double-faced or shadowbox styles where both side of the fence are the same.

  • Privacy fencing is generally permitted along the rear property lines not to exceed six feet (6’0”) in height. Privacy fencing along side property lines is considered on a case by case basis.

  • Split rail fences with wire mesh (coated or uncoated) applied to the inside is generally permitted, provided wire or mesh is not easily visible from the street.

  • No dog pens or dog runs will be approved.

 

Driveways:   

  • Brown exposed aggregate concrete is the preferred choice for driveways.

  • Materials such as asphalt, colored concrete and brown (pea) gravel are also acceptable. All driveways and extensions should have the same material throughout. Either all exposed aggregate, or all asphalt, etc. No combinations such as pea gravel and asphalt will be permitted.

  • All walkways to front doors and side gate/door also require approval.

 

Mailbox and Post:  Mailboxes should satisfy the Mailbox and post specification published.   Specific attention shall be paid to the color.  The HOA provides approved paint -- just email the ACC Chair at vp@thevillageatinnsbrook.com. Nailed on numbers, letters or post caps are not permitted.   See Mailbox and Post References for pictures of what is acceptable and is not...

 

Portable AC Units:  No portable air conditioning units will be placed in any window of a dwelling or other building if visible from a public street.

 

Roof Shingles:   Replacements should be the same or better grade than the roofing installed by the home builder:  Asphalt “Dimensional” type shingles (minimum 25 year warranty) and colors approved by the ACC (see color range option in “Color Changes” section).

 

Signs:  A “For Sale” sign shall not be displayed beyond the house sale closing date.  A “For Rent” sign shall not be displayed beyond the date that a rental contract is signed.   Contractor signs require ACC/Board approval.  Board policy is to not allow the display of any political sign or homeowner business sign.

 

A single “Security Company” sign is permitted (without HOA approval) in the homeowner’s yard located either adjacent to the driveway or in close proximity to the front entrance of the main dwelling.  Security company signs are also permitted in the windows of the home.   Security signs shall not exceed 8” by 10”.   The HOA reserves the right to impose shape and color restrictions on security signs. 

 

Siding Material:  Replacing siding material with something OTHER than what's on your home or  detached building such as a shed and/or a garage requires HOA approval.  There shall be no partial replacement of any siding unless replaced with the same type of material originally used.  The only siding materials (replacement or additions) which will be approved for use on homes and detached buildings such as sheds and garages are Red Western Cedar bevel 1"x8" wood siding (original/traditional construction material) or HardiePlank brand fiber cement lap siding manufactured by James Hardie Industries.  No other brand of fiber cement siding will be approved. Additionally, no vinyl siding will be approved.

 

In addition, the following restrictions will be placed on the use of HardiePlank lap siding:

  • Mixing of cedar siding and HardiePlank siding on the exterior walls of structures (houses, sheds, etc.) will not be approved due to a difference in the thickness of the boards and the obvious visual differences that would result. The entire structure under construction or remodeling (all sides collectively) must be either all cedar siding or all HardiePlank lap siding. There will be no exceptions to this restriction.

  • HardiePlank’s “Select Cedarmill” product with a thickness of 5/16” and width of 7.25” is the only type of HardiePlank siding that will be considered for approval to replace existing siding.  Other types such as Smooth HardiePlank and Beaded HardiePlank siding will not be approved.

  • HardiePlank lap siding must be installed in accordance with the current manufacturer’s installation requirements.  In addition, the lap siding may be installed on flat vertical wall applications only, cannot be used in Fascia or Trim applications and must be installed using the “blind nailed” method.

  • Factory primed (unpainted) types of HardiePlank will require on site painting with 100% acrylic paints. Staining of HardiePlank is not approved. ACC approval in advance is required for the acrylic paint color selected for the siding color. Paint colors must conform to community standards. (Refer to “Color Changes” above)

  • ColorPlus (factory painted/coated) versions of HardiePlank will be approved. The choice of the “ColorPlus” siding color must be approved in advance by the ACC. Colored finishes must conform to community standards.  (Refer to “Color Changes” above)

  • HardieTrim may be used to replace all trim on a structure, without replacing the siding on the structure. Similarly, HardiePlank siding may be used to replace all siding on a structure without replacing the trim on that structure.

  • It is recommended that contractors selected to install HardiePlank siding be a James Hardie Preferred Remodeler (http://remodelers.jameshardie.com/search-results?zip=23060)

 

Swimming Pools:    Above-ground swimming pools have never been allowed by the ACC or Board, as this type of pool would generally be considered outside the character and flavor of the neighborhood.  In-ground swimming pools shall not be located nearer to a street line than the rear building line of the dwelling.

 

Sheds:  Sheds may be installed in the backyard of a homeowner’s property.  The shed must be consistent with the architectural style of the houses in the Village, including the following elements:

  • Horizontal siding made of the following materials:  Red Western Cedar beveled/overlay siding (1” x 8”) OR HardiePlank fiber cement lap siding.  For more details, please refer to the section above titled “Siding Material.”

  • Main color of shed and trim matches main color and trim of the house.

  • Roof shingle style and color matches those of the house.

  • Window style is consistent with that of the house.

  • Door style is consistent with that of the house.

 

A sketch/plat of the planned position of the shed on the lot should be submitted with the RFI and must include the dimensions of the shed (length, width and height of the main structure), the dimensions of the roof (height and pitch) and dimensions of a ramp, if applicable. 

 

Approval of the RFI consists of approval of the shed appearance, shed location on the property, and shed dimensions in proportion to the overall size of the lot.  Please note that Henrico County also has regulations regarding sheds such as minimum distance from property line and overall square footage.

Trees (removal of):  No trees over six (6) inches in diameter shall be removed without the prior written approval of The Village at Innsbrook Homeowners Association.  Planting of trees to replace those taken out is strongly encouraged.

 

Windows:  Window design and type can have a significant architectural impact on the appearance of a house. As stated above, the intent of the ACC guidelines is to preserve as much as possible the original builders design concept. In that regard, if the architect designed the house with a casement window, the replacement window should be casement. If the architect designed the house using a double hung window then the replacement window should be a double hung window.  Some houses were designed using both double hung and casement and they should be replaced in kind.

  • Casement and fixed pane windows are the standard for the majority of houses in the community.

  • Double hung windows were installed on a few houses and were determined to be acceptable for those original building designs at time of construction. The number of homes with these types of windows in the community is very small. 

  • Fiberglass, Vinyl and aluminum clad may be acceptable replacements for wood windows and doors, provided they have a look similar to that of the original.

 

Doors:  Any change to color or style of front entrance, garage, side and overhead doors require an approved RFI.