If I’m going to build my new custom home in an established Colorado Springs community or neighborhood, why do I have to submit my plans to an Architectural Review Board? Why can’t I just build what I want to? As a design/build firm in The Pikes Peak Region, we are sometimes asked these questions by our clients. Understanding the thought process behind Architectural Review Boards and what they actually do usually alleviates any concerns the potential homeowners may have.
These boards are set up either by the developer of the community or by the residents themselves to help maintain the aesthetic harmony of the community. Chances are, if you’re going to buy property in a community, you already like what you see – either the look of the homes, the amenities, or the feel of the neighborhood. The Boards make sure that it continues to stay that way. They establish and publish a set of guidelines which gives you the philosophy of the community and the procedures for the new property owners to follow to ensure a smooth process.
The Board usually consists of current homeowners, most of whom usually have some kind of background in residential construction, either as architects, home designers, or builders. Their main task is to protect the property values of the community while encouraging a diversity of design styles and materials. They are not there to tell you what to build, but to ensure that what you build enhances the environment. With that in mind, they may offer suggestions on how to tweak your house plans while still accommodating individual tastes and preferences.
The main items that a Board looks for when they review proposed plans are:
What follows is a typical experience with an Architectural Review Board:
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