Surviving a Design Review
Whether you’re in a historic district or an upscale development, the secrets of success are the same.
Synopsis: This article outlines the process of working with a design review board when making any changes (from changing exterior paint colors to new building construction) to the houses in a neighborhood or historic district. Asa Christiana interviews a number of experienced architects including Steve Baczek, Hope Proctor, and Richard Taylor, who describe their processes of working with design review boards (or architectural review boards, also called ARBs). They outline tips for working with these committees, including having a concept meeting, bringing 3D computer models to help show the style and scale of each project, using documents to outline the entire scope of the work, and providing different options to allow the design review board to make decisions.
When you buy into a neighborhood, you buy the neighborhood, and every resident has a stake in its quality of life. This means your rooster might make enemies, and your son’s car…