One of the critical lessons we have learned over the years is the need to understand the requirements of each Architectural Review Board (ARB) we work with. If you are working on a property that requires architectural review we cannot stress how important this is. Each community has distinctly different technical standards, policies, procedures and submittal requisites.
The first step is to be certain you have the latest design guidelines and submittal requirements and that there are no other documents from other sources you need to reference.
There are several key questions you need to be aware of as the builder or remodeler and have an understanding of when building or remodeling in an ARB community:
1. What are their unique concerns?
Each community has colors, materials and a myriad of standards that must be followed. Realize the unique ones where you are building and be sure to cater to those unique differences.
2. What is the impact of this design or addition on the community?
If the property is in a high profile location such at the entry or multiple sides of the home will be highly visible, your client may be held to a slightly higher standard; at the very least the design will receive greater scrutiny. Understand this as the design is developed and take this into account.
3. Who is on the ARB?
Are they design professionals who can visualize a home easily from 2D plans or do you need to add color or 3D views/renderings to help explain your project? Cater to the people doing the review.
As a builder or remodeler, be sure you know and understand all of the requirements. There may be documents you need to sign also. The better everyone on the team is informed, the smoother the design approval and build process will be.
For more information on how we can help you and your clients in your remodel, plan revision, or new home design, we invite you to connect with one of our creative team members. We are here to help ensure great success with your project for you and your client. Let our years of experience work for you!