When beginning the design process most people are concentrating on how the final home will look and flow. That’s how it should be, however before you invest your time and energy into the design process it’s important to know if there will be any restrictions imposed on your design, due to your location. Restrictions often come from the county, the city or the rules of your development. Having a team in place who can identify and work within these parameters will keep you from running into issues when you start to request permits to build.
Locations that Allow Flexibility in Design If you are building in a remote area, on private land or have limited county or district restrictions it is unlikely that you will need to worry about design restrictions. Even so, you should not assume that your design is free of covenants even if you your property is remote or on private land. A little investigation upfront can save a lot of time later down the road.
Areas With Moderate Design Regulations If building in a development or within county or city limits, you may be subject to specific requirements such as the type, size and style of your log home. Some developments may specify that all homes must be log homes with round logs, some might have a green focus, others might dictate the amount of brick, stone or metal that may – or must – be used on the exterior. Knowing the unique parameters of your site will help your team design your home right the first time.
Developments with Specific Requirements There are many developments, particularly in resort communities, which require you to have your plan approved by a design review board. In these cases it is imperative that your architect is aware of all the requirements and restrictions before he starts work on your home. Even after the design is complete, the board may ask that you provide a 3-D model or other documentation in addition to your detailed drawings. This can be a strenuous process, but if you understand what is required up front you won’t be surprised or delayed once the review board starts to evaluate your home.
Understanding the design requirements of your build location is a very important aspect of the home design process. Make sure your architectural team has performed their due diligence so they know about any restrictions in advance. A team with experience and forethought will guide you through the design process and into permitting smoothly.