Design Guidelines

Introduction

Hampsted Village is designed to be a community of homes based on thoughtful land planning and sound Georgian architectural design. As years pass and as additions and improvements are made, it is very important to keep the entire community in mind and not merely the individual improvement. In order to uphold property values and ensure the architectural integrity of the community, the Architectural Review Committee was established.

The Hampsted Village Architectural Review Committee (ARC) consists of approximately four members who are appointed by the Hampsted Village Board of Trustees. The ARC has put together a series of guidelines to help community members maintain and beautify homes consistent with the architectural design of the community.

These guidelines are intended to provide homeowners with direction regarding the types of improvements that may be approved by the ARC. These guidelines are provided for informational purposes only and are not to be construed as approval for any particular improvement. The ARC retains final authority to approve, approve with conditions, or deny any application.

The ARC reserves the right to make periodic inspections during construction to assure compliance with these guidelines.



CURRENT DESIGN GUIDELINES

Click below to access the current Hampsted Village Design Guidlines in PDF format.

Introduction

 

Hampsted Village is designed to be a community of homes based on thoughtful land planning and sound Georgian architectural design. As years pass and as additions and improvements are made, it is very important to keep the entire community in mind and not merely the individual improvement. In order to uphold property values and ensure the architectural integrity of the community, the Architectural Review Committee was established.

 

The Hampsted Village Architectural Review Committee (ARC) consists of four members who are appointed by the Hampsted Village Board of Trustees. The ARC has put together a series of guidelines to help community members maintain and beautify homes that add to the architectural design of the community.

 

These guidelines are intended to provide homeowners with direction regarding the types of improvements that may be approved by the ARC. These guidelines are provided for informational purposes only and are not to be construed as approval for any particular improvement.  The ARC retains final authority to approve, approve with conditions, or deny any application.


STRUCTURAL IMPROVEMENTS

 

Prior ARC approval must be obtained for any and all proposed exterior structural improvements to your home and/or property, including but not limited to:

1.       ROOFS

 

o   Roof shingles must be:

·         30‐year warranty

·         Dimensional shingle

·         Examples of pre‐approved shingles include (you still must submit an application):

·         Certainteed Landmark

o   Weathered Wood

o   Moire Black

·         IKO (Cambridge Series)

o   Weather wood

o   Black

·         GAF-­‐ELK (ELK Prestique)

o   Weathered Wood

·         GAF-­‐ELK (Timberline Series)

o   Weathered Wood

·         Owens Corning – Oakridge Series)

o   Drift Wood

o   Onyx Black

·         Other manufacturers and series will be considered; however, a specification sheet and sample must accompany your submission for review.

 

2.       SIDING

o   Siding changes/repairs must meet the following specifications:

·         6.5 inch (unless house was originally built with siding less than 6.5 inches, in which case the replacement siding can be either 6.5 inches or the size of the original siding being replaced)

·         beaded siding

·         vinyl or fiber cement siding (e.g. Hardie Plank)

·         the face must have a wood-grain or brushed appearance

·         approved color

·         all siding on a house must be uniform

o   Projects to replace or repair a partial re-siding of a house must use siding that matches the existing siding on the house.  If it is not possible to match (or substantially match) the appearance of the new siding with the color, pattern, and materials of the existing siding, the ARC may require a full re-siding of the house or any portion thereof.

o   These specific sidings have been pre-approved:

 

·         Alco Charleston, 6 ½” Contemporary beaded vinyl Smooth (it does have a grain to it) color – glacier white or classic cream

·         Alside Williamsport, 6 ½” wood grain, beaded, vinyl, color – glacier white, antique parchment, adobe cream

·         Crane Carolina Sands, beaded, 6 1/2”wood grain, vinyl, color – Aspen White, Pearl

 

3.       FRONT DOORS

o   Front doors must be:

·         6-panel smooth door (suggestion: Jeld-Wen Smooth Pro SP-60); or

·         Georgian style with true divided lights (Series-­‐Pella/Architect, Style-­‐Pella European ¾ light entry door, no transom or side lights, 96”tall, 2x4 light, 8 window, clear glass, true divided).

·         In Hampsted Heath, the door may be made of fiberglass with an embossed wood grain texture.

 

o   The door color must match the shutters, with the following limited exceptions:

·         In Hampsted Heath, the door color must be brown.

·         A traditional Georgian style with a red door and black shutters design is permitted.

o   Sidelights must be full light - may or may not include grille; clear glass; grills must be white.

o   The transom must be rectangular and in the same style as sidelights.

o   If displaying street address numbers on the house, the numbers must be placed in a clearly visible location either vertically on the front door post or horizontally over the front door (either above the transom window or on the front portico).  Street address numbers must reasonably match or blend with the color, font, and size found to be common throughout the community, and shall be properly maintained or replaced.

4.       SCREEN/STORM DOORS

o        Screen doors and storm doors must be a “full‐view” style, but not all doors marketed and/or sold as “full-view” style are acceptable. A horizontal mid‐door support bar of appropriate width is permitted. The ARC retains the right to determine whether the width of a horizontal mid-door support bar is appropriate.

o        A linear border etching on screen/storm door glass is permitted. Excessive border etching, in the sole discretion of the ARC, is prohibited. No other etching is permitted.

 

o        The color of the screen/storm door must match the trim or the front door.

5.       BACK/SIDE DOORS & SERVICE DOORS

o   Any back or side door that permits entry and exit to the house must be a half-view or full-view style door and include divided-light grids.

o   Service doors that permit entry and exit to the garage need not be half-view or full-view.

 

6.       DECKS

o   Decks are to be an extension of the home’s architecture with attention to detail in railings and steps.

o   All deck materials must be painted to match the color of the home, or stained neutral. Homeowners must ensure that painted deck materials are repainted or re-stained when significant paint/stain discoloration, fading, peeling, or flaking occurs. The ARC retains the right to determine whether paint/stain discoloration, fading, peeling, or flaking is sufficiently significant to require re-painting/re-staining.

o   Any space below the deck is required to be enclosed with wood skirting or latticework. Exceptions, for example the use of screening plants, can be made on a case-by-case basis.

o   Landscaping for all decks is required and must receive prior approval by the ARC.

 

7.       PATIOS

o   Patios may be constructed using natural stone, concrete pavers, poured concrete, or brick.

o   Brick patios must use the same or substantially similar brick to match the ones used on the house siding or plinth.

o   Poured concrete patios must include a brick ribbon border. The brick used must be the same or substantially similar to the brick used on the house siding or plinth.

o   The ARC retains the right to determine whether a proposed patio is of the appropriate size and/or location.


8.       HOUSE TRIM

o   Homeowners must ensure that house trim is maintained to prevent any significant degradation in appearance or structural integrity.

o   Homeowners must ensure that house trim is repainted when significant discoloration, fading, peeling, or flaking occurs. The ARC retains the right to determine whether discoloration, fading, peeling, or flaking is sufficiently significant to require painting or repainting.

o   PVC exterior trim and fascia may be used, but must closely match the color, texture, and style of the replaced material.

o   Prior ARC approval must be obtained only for any trim painting or re-painting that would change the existing color of the house trim. Otherwise, ARC approval for house trim painting or re-painting is not required.

 

9.       DRIVEWAYS

o        Driveways must be maintained in good condition. The resealing of the asphalt surface does not require ARC approval. Any new, additional, revised, or replaced driveway construction must be approved for placement and materials.

§  The driveway must be black asphalt or brick. Any use of brick driveways must use the same or substantially similar brick to match the ones used on the house siding or plinth.

§  All driveways must reach the street with the poured concrete sidewalk and apron.

 

10.   SIDEWALKS

o   Residents should check to ensure in which community they reside.

§  Columbus (homeowner must contact the City of Columbus 614-645-3111)

§  New Albany (responsibility of the homeowner, but may get additional information from the city of New Albany at 614-855-0076)

 

 

NONSTRUCTURAL IMPROVEMENTS

Prior ARC approval must be obtained for any and all proposed exterior nonstructural improvements to your home and/or property, including but not limited to:

 

A.  FENCING

LOCATION:

o   All side yard and rear yard fencing is required to be open picket style. Chain link, shadow board, and split rail are just some examples of unacceptable fence styles.

o   Fencing is to be installed along the inside perimeter of the property line, not on the property line. The homeowner is responsible for maintaining their property on both the inside and the outside of their fence. The homeowner must agree to permit adjacent (approved) fences to connect to the initial fence. Fence alleys between properties are strictly prohibited. Fences are not permitted to run across a driveway.

o   No front yard fencing is permitted. Corner lots are considered to have two front yards, one along each adjacent street. In addition, a fence approved for the backyard of a homeowner’s property may not extend closer to the front yard then half of the house’s length.

o   Fences are not permitted if they would be adjacent to a designated green space.

 

MATERIALS:

o   Fences not approved by January 1, 2017, must be constructed of wood.

§  In Hampsted Heath, black aluminum or wrought iron fences are also acceptable.

COLOR:

o   Fences must be painted white. Homeowners must ensure that painted fences are repainted when significant paint discoloration, fading, peeling, or flaking occurs. The ARC retains the right to determine whether fence paint discoloration, fading, peeling, or flaking is sufficiently significant to require repainting.

§  In Hampsted Heath, black aluminum or wrought iron fences are also acceptable.

HEIGHT:

o   Fences are to be an appropriate height as approved by the ARC, but not greater than four feet.

 

POSTS:

o   Must be 4 inches by 4 inches in size.

 

POST CAPS:

o   Cannot exceed 6 inches in height above the top of the fence line. The design of the post cap must be consistent with Georgian Architecture and approved by the ARC.

 

PICKETS:

o   Pickets must be installed face out. All support posts and rails must face in toward the homeowner’s property. The width of the picket can be from 1 ½ inch to 3 inches and must be constructed in a consistent pattern.

 

SPACING OF PICKETS:

o   The spacing between pickets can be between 2 to 3 inches, but not less than the width of the picket. The spacing of the pickets must be consistent throughout the fence.


DESIGN OF PICKET TOP:

o   Three standard designs will be accepted; 1) Dog ear: 2) Pyramid; and 3) Flat. The proposed design must blend in with adjacent fences.

 

THICKNESS of PICKET:

o   The picket itself must have a dimensional depth of ¾ inch.

THE APPLICATION:

o   A valid survey must be submitted to begin the approval process. Please indicate to scale the location of the fence on the survey.

 

MISCELLANEOUS:

o   Taller privacy fences may be allowed for smaller portions of the rear yard or patio on a case‐by-case basis.

o   The ARC may permit modification/deviation from these guidelines that are requested prior to the start of a project.

o   Please be advised that if a fence is installed without the prior approval of the ARC, an application must still be submitted and a late application fee will be incurred. Impermissible fencing may result in liens and/or the imposition of fines, the filing of liens, and/or the removal of your fence.


B.      TRELLISES & ARBORS

o   Trellises and Arbors must be approved for materials, paint colors, design, and location.

o   The Hampsted Village Homeowners’ Association retains the right to determine whether maintenance is needed due to significant discoloration, fading, peeling or flaking.

 

C.      GAZEBOS

o   Gazebos in yards are not permitted.


D.      HOT TUBS

o   Hot tubs must be approved for materials, location, design, and color. The ARC requires that hot tubs be placed in an appropriate location with the least visual impact on neighboring homes.

o   All hot tubs must be appropriately screened.

 

E.       AUXILIARY BUILDINGS

o   Auxiliary buildings including, but not limited to, storage sheds, doghouses and greenhouses, are not permitted.

 

F.       SIGNS

o   Real Estate signs must conform to the New Albany Standard, no larger than 3’ x 3’and must be either painted or PVC vinyl board using “New Albany Blue” with white lettering. Approved Real Estate signs must be well maintained and no other types of realtor signs are permitted. Your realtor should be familiar with the design standard. For information on ordering your own real estate sales sign, you may contact Ohio Equities at (614) 939-8600 for information about vendors.

o   Temporary signs of appropriate size, condition, and location supporting a family member (for example, a congratulatory sign for a high school graduation, or a sign announcing the birth of a child) or a charitable event (for example, a walk/run/bike event to raise money for cancer research) are permitted for a reasonable period of time and should be removed soon after the event. The Hampsted Village Homeowners’ Association retains the right to determine what signs are of appropriate size, condition, and location, as well as what constitutes a reasonable period of time for displaying a sign, on a case­-by-case basis.

o   Political signs may be displayed only during the two week period before an election and must be promptly removed after the election.

o   It is permissible for contractor advertising signs to be temporarily displayed while work is being done in/on the house by the contractor in question. Such signs are to be promptly removed when the work is completed.

o   Signs are not permitted to be affixed to the exterior of a house.

o   All other signs are prohibited unless prior ARC approval is obtained.

 

G.  SATELLITE DISHES

o   A satellite dish or antenna that is one meter (39.37 inches) in diameter or more must have the prior written approval of the ARC for location, size and appropriate screening.

o   No approval of the ARC is required prior to the installation or use of a “dish” antenna less than one meter (39.37 inches) in diameter.

o   A satellite dish or antenna that is less than one meter (39.37 inches) in diameter and is designed to receive direct broadcast satellite service, video programming service via broadband radio service or local television broadcast signals, shall be placed in a location on a home such as the side or rear of home so as not to be visible from the street so long as the placement does not prevent reception of an acceptable quality signal.

H.  MAILBOXES

(Maintained by Association after Jan.1, 2019 for normal wear and tear)

o   Mailboxes must be maintained appropriately and remain free from:

§  Rust on mailbox, mailbox door, or mailbox flag;

§  Flags that are bent, broken, missing or that are not the originally installed style/color;

§  Poles that lean, have not been painted or are a different color than the mailbox;

§  Decorative items;

§  Numbers with the incorrect font;

§  Painting around the mailbox numbers instead of removing the numbers prior to painting; and

§  Plants or flowers touching the bottom of the mailbox.

o   Mailboxes must be painted “Hampsted Village Green” (except Hampsted Heath, which must be black).

o   Paint

§  Approved mailbox paint can be purchased from the following stores (all located off North Hamilton Road): Sherwin Williams, Home Depot and Pittsburgh Paints;

§  Mailbox surfaces should be sanded before paint application to ensure that the paint is applied evenly and any rough/uneven surfaces are corrected;

§  Mailbox numbers must be removed prior to painting to prevent the "boxed in" appearance and maintain consistency; and

§  Mailbox posts must be painted at the same time as the mailbox.

Numbers – In order to maintain font consistency, mailbox numbers must be purchased through Ohio Equities (614) 939-8600. Homeowners may stop by to pick up mailbox numbers or Ohio Equities can mail them directly to you.

Flag - The approved flag for our community is the Fulton Corp Mailbox Replacement Flag:  http://www.fultoncorp.com/post-mount-mailbox-replacement-flag/.

o   Replacement – The approved mailbox for our community is the Fulton Corp Large Post Mount Mailbox:  http://www.fultoncorp.com/large-post-mount-mailbox/.Enforcement

 

§  When a mailbox maintenance issue arises, the Association will mail up to two Notices to the pertinent homeowner at the address on file with the Association.

·         Notice of Non-Compliance (i.e. a friendly reminder)

·         Final Notice

§  If the mailbox is not repaired or replaced within 30 days from the date of the Final Notice, the Association will hire a contractor to repair or replace the mailbox (as needed and determined by Ohio Equities).

 

·         The cost of services performed by the hired contractor through the Association will be charged to the homeowner account, and the homeowner will incur late fees if the contractor fee is not paid to the Association timely.

·         The contractor has been instructed to provide a quality service to meet the standards set by the Association for our community.

 

I.        LANDSCAPING

o   Each homeowner must ensure that their property and yard are appropriately landscaped and maintained. The Hampsted Village Homeowners’ Association retains the right to determine whether landscaping and yard maintenance complies with this requirement.

o   Landscaping changes or additions must be pre-approved for location and materials. This includes any landscaping that affects the grade of the lot, planting beds, retaining walls, etc. This is not meant to include typical additions to your landscaping such as annuals or perennials. Approval for the planting of trees is necessary only when replacing your Street Tree (see Street Tree guideline) or when you are planting in your front or side yard and in lots of 3 or more at a time.

o   Mulch: double or triple processed hardwood mulch that is black or brown is approved. (No application is needed). No other type or color of mulch or mulch substitute/alternative is permitted without first submitting an application and receiving approval from the ARC.

 

J.        OUTDOOR LIGHTING

o   Outdoor lighting must be approved by the ARC. This does not include holiday-related decorative lighting.


K.      WALLS

o   Walls must be approved for height, location, color, and material


L.       PLAYGROUNDS, SWING SETS, AND OTHER OUTDOOR RECREATIONAL EQUIPMENT

o   Playgrounds, swing sets, basketball hoops, trampolines, sandboxes, and all other outdoor recreational equipment require prior ARC approval.

o   Swing sets are to be wooden and stained, and should be properly maintained to meet the standards of the community

o   Basketball hoops are permitted and may be either permanent or portable, subject to the following restrictions and conditions:

 

§  All equipment and placement requires prior ARC approval.

 

·         Basketball hoops installed before July 30, 2014 must have an existing ARC approval or apply for one by September 1, 2014.

·         Portable hoops not approved by September 15, 2014 or moved to a location different from that approved will be subject to a fine of $500 for each occurrence.

 

§  Basketball hoops and all related equipment must be properly maintained in good condition.

·         The base of portable hoops must be installed according to the manufacturer’s instructions and cannot be weighed down or covered with blocks or other objects.

§  Backboards must be tempered glass, a minimum of 50” and a maximum of 72” horizontal, and be properly maintained in good condition.

 

·         However, as a one-­‐time exception as a part of the transition to new guidelines, all portable hoops installed before July 30, 2014, and submitting an ARC application before September 1, 2014, will not be required to have a tempered glass backboard as long as the backboard is transparent and meets all other restrictions and conditions.

 

§  Basketball hoops must be placed on the side of the driveway and as far up the driveway and away from disturbing any neighboring property as is practical, and cannot be placed further than halfway down the driveway.

 

·         Basketball hoops cannot be attached to the house or have equipment placed at the top of the driveway in front of or in between garage doors.

·         Basketball hoops cannot be placed on or along sidewalks, curbs, or streets.

§  The pole and related structure must be black or dark green; any pole padding (and attachments) must be black or dark green and closely match the pole color.

§  Ball returns and lights are prohibited.

o   Playground equipment, i.e. trampolines, sandboxes, etc., must be appropriately screened, with sufficient landscaping, to receive an approval. Please see further detail on acceptable landscape screening under “Screening” of this section.

o   Consideration is also given to the amount of space that is available for this equipment so as not to overcrowd the yard.

 

M.    SWIMMING POOLS

o   Above ground pools are prohibited.

o   In ground pools and pool decks must be approved in advance for materials, color, design, location, fencing, and screening. It is required that all in ground pools be appropriately screened. Homeowners are reminded that they are responsible for ensuring compliance with all legal requirements applicable to in ground pools.

o   Wading pools are permitted without approval with the following conditions:

 

§  They must be temporary in nature.

§  No pumps or filters are allowed.

§  Pool height is not to exceed 18 inches.

o   When wading pools are not in use they are to be emptied and stored out of view of neighboring homes.

 

N.     SCREENING

o   It is permissible to utilize trees and/or shrubs for screening purposes, but the homeowner must ensure that ARC approval is obtained before planting any trees on the property. The homeowner must also ensure that any trees and/or shrubs utilized for screening purposes will shield the screened object from view throughout the entire year. Evergreen trees and/or shrubs are most effective for this purpose. If deciduous vegetation is utilized for screening purposes, the homeowner must ensure that other appropriate steps are taken to shield the screened object from view during the winter months, when there are no leaves on the vegetation. The appropriateness of any required screening is to be determined by the ARC is its sole discretion.

o   Under certain rare circumstances, it may be acceptable for fencing or other synthetic materials to be used for screening purposes, but homeowners must ensure that ARC approval is obtained before constructing a screening barrier.

o   Items that require screening include but are not limited to:

§  Trash Cans and Recycling Cans. Trash and recycling cans and any other items subject to pick up must not be placed on the curb or otherwise in view more than one day prior to the scheduled pickup. All cans must be removed by the day following the pickup.

·         Trash and recycling containers should be stored inside.

·         Any trash or recycling cans stored outside, must be reasonably screened from public view, including views from the street and neighbors, with the area around the containers maintained in a clean, neat condition and in good repair at all times.

 

§  Playgrounds, trampolines, and other recreational equipment. Trampolines are highly discouraged and will therefore be subject to heightened screening requirements. To be considered for ARC approval, the trampoline must be screened so as to be completely invisible from the road in all seasons.

§  Hot Tubs and in ground pools Satellite Dishes

§  Sculptures

§  Any other structure or item that may be aesthetically displeasing to neighboring properties, as determined by the ARC.


O.     TREE LAWN/STREET TREE

o   The Tree Lawn is defined as the area between the sidewalk and the street.

§  Although each homeowner technically owns the Tree Lawn, the governing municipality retains a “right of way” and/or easement interest in that area.

§  Homeowners should consider contacting the governing municipality before placing anything in the Tree Lawn, such as irrigation systems, plumbing, gas lines, invisible fences, etc. If a homeowner places such items in the Tree Lawn without approval from the governing municipality, the municipality may not bear responsibility to fix any damage such items sustain while the municipality is exercising its “right of way” and/or easement rights.

 

o   Maintenance of trees in the Tree Lawn (“Street Trees”) is the responsibility of the governing municipality.

         If you live in Columbus, contact the Columbus Parks and Recreation, Forestry Division, at (614) 645-6640 regarding tree maintenance.

         If you live in New Albany, contact New Albany City Services at (614) 855-0076.

o   Homeowners must contact the governing municipality before planting any trees in the Tree Lawn. Formal written approval from the governing municipality may be required.


P.      HOLIDAY DECORATIONS

 

o   ARC approval is not necessary for holiday decorations. However, the ARC retains the right to require the immediate removal of inappropriate or excessive decorations.

o   Holiday decorations must not be put up more than 30 days prior to the holiday and must be taken down within 30 days after the holiday has concluded.

 

The ARC reserves the right to make periodic inspections during or after construction to assure compliance with these guidelines.