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Property Alterations and Additions:

Any change to a home exterior not specifically covered by the design standards and guidelines should be considered a non-routine change requiring approval by
the Community Architect and the King Farm Architectural Design Trust. An application must be filed with the Community Architect for changes requiring approval
by the Community Architect or the King Farm Architectural Design Trust (ADT).
  • Article IV of the Community Charter establishes requirements for these approvals. Specific design standards and guidelines are
    contained in Exhibit A to the Assembly’s Equity Resolution No. 1 “Design Standards for Visual Changes to Living Units and Lots“.

Changes to the exterior of a home or lot fall into one of 3 categories as defined by the Board of Trustees:

✓ Routine changes that do not require any approval
✓ Routine changes that require the approval of the Community Architect only
✓ Non-routine changes, which require the approval of both the Community Architect and the King Farm Architectural Design Trust (ADT).

 

PLEASE NOTE:
Application and review procedures are contained in Administrative Resolution No.2:Procedures for Review and Approval of
Applications for Visual Changes to Living Units and Lots
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What is the Design Guide?

The Community Architect has developed a set of prototypical details for a number of typical homeowner Design Change Modification examples.
The conditions addressed are: Picket Fences, Alley fences, Storm Doors, and Deck details.

When Homeowners or their Builders request modifications that comply with the attached sketches and notes they will be considered approvable
Design Changes subject to the following conditions:

  1. Deviation: Any deviation shall be subject to review for compliance with the King Farm Design Guidelines by the Community Architect.
  2. Fence Location: See memo regarding privacy/alley fence and picket fence location.

Please also note that any design change may also be subject to applicable King Farm Regulations of King Farm LLC and City of Rockville laws and
regulations for permitting, construction, placement, and noise/sound.

 

What changes to my home require review and approval?

Exhibit A, Equity Resolution No. 1 Design Standards for Visual Changes to Living Units and Lots describes when design changes require review and
approval and by what groups.

A summary of the list is shown below to guide homeowners regarding changes to their houses and lots.

Items Requiring Review and Approval By the King Farm Community Architect and King Farm Design Trust:

  1. Roof Penetrations: Attic ventilators, skylights, and solar panels: These are permitted if installed such that they are not visible from the street
    (other than an alley).
  2. Clothes Lines: Are permitted in rear yards only (not in side-yards and not in front yards) and shall be installed so they are not visible from
    the street (other than an alley).
  3. Decks
  4. Color Changes
  5. Statuary and Exterior Art: If located in a front yard, side yard or visible from a street. This includes bird houses, bird baths, sculpture, fountains,
    artificial plants, etc.)
  6. Awnings: Are permitted but generally discouraged.
  7. Fences
  8. Hot Tubs
  9. Gazebos
  10. Greenhouses
  11. Landscaping: If major landscaping changes are proposed such as plantings intended to form a hedge or natural screen, installation of railroad ties
    (rear yards only), timbers (rear yards only), stones, or similar features in side-yards or front yards, rock or water gardens, landscaping of ground cover,
    mulch, gravel or similar which requires of removal of greater than 6 linear feet of turf or 12 square feet of turf, vegetable gardens greater than 32 square
    feet in plan.
  12. Patios
  13. Porches
  14. Play Equipment (Permanent or Semi-Permanent): Including but not limited to jungle gyms, swing sets, basketball backboards, sports goals, etc.
  15. Sidewalks and Pathways
  16. Sheds: Freestanding and attached to a house or fence if visible from a street (other than an alley)
  17. Swimming Pool (permitted only if in ground)
  18. Tree Removal: Trees shall not be removed if live with a trunk diameter greater than 4″ when measured 12″ above the ground and Flowering trees
    with a trunk diameter greater than 2″ when measured 12″ above the ground unless approved.
  19. Solar Collector

Items Permitted Without Review and Approval:

  1. Statuary and Exterior Art: If located in a rear yard and not visible from a street (other than an alley). This includes bird houses, bird baths, sculpture,
    fountains, artificial plants, etc.)
  2. Replacement of Exterior Finishes: To match original, due to deterioration or storm or other damage.
  3. Exterior Winter Decoration: Must be “Attractive, good taste, reasonable in size” and permitted only between 15 November and 15 January.
  4. Flagpoles: With staffs not exceeding 5′.
  5. Grills: If located in a rear yard and not visible from a street (other than an alley).
  6. Landscaping: Minor changes such as foundation plantings, the planting of a single specimen, vegetable gardens less than 32 square feet.
  7. Mailboxes: listed on the approved master list
  8. Individual Real Estate Signs (in accordance with City of Rockville regulations and only in front yards)
  9. Individual Security Signs (a second may be permitted in rear yard)
  10. Sheds: If located in a rear yard and not visible from a street (other than an alley).

Items NOT Permitted:

  1. Roof Penetrations: Penetrating the Street Side of a Roof: Attic ventilators and skylights.
  2. Dog Houses and Dog Runs
  3. Window Air Conditioning Units
  4. Above Ground Swimming Pools

Items Requiring Notice To the King Farm Community Architect and King Farm Design Trust:

  1. Antennas: when installed such that they are not visible from the street (installed in accordance with Administrative Resolution No. 9 &
    Administrative Resolution No. 10).

Please note this list is a summary and not inclusive of all requirements, please review Exhibit A, Equity resolution No. 1 for the full listing.
Please also note that any design change may also be subject to applicable King Farm Regulations of King Farm LLC and City of Rockville laws and
regulations for permitting, construction, placement, and noise/sound.

Alley Lights
Design guidelines for alley Lights. Alley Lights Guidelines

Roof Shingles
Attached are the pre-approved replacement shingle colors.  All other color choices will require ADT (Architectural Design Trust) approval. Pre-approved Roof Shingle Colors

Garage Doors
The Community Architect has developed a document to assist Homeowners in the selection of replacement garage doors. Garage Door Guidelines

Lawn Edging and Decorative Lighting
The Community Architect has developed a document to assist Homeowners in the selection of decorative lawn edging and lawn lighting.

Lawn Edging
Lawn Edging – graphic
Lawn Lights

 

Fences
The Community Architect has developed documents to assist Homeowners in the selection and placement of picket fences in front and side yards and privacy and alley fences in rear yards.

Fence Sketches: 

      • Alley/Privacy
      • Bowtop
      • Gothic
      • Picket (style 1)
      • Sawtooth
      • Staggered
      • Staggered Sawtooth
      • Side Yard Fence Placement

*These documents are intended to offer guidance; final location and design approval shall be obtained from the Community Architect.

In addition to the information shown on the fence sketches the following conditions shall apply:

      1. Fence Material: Fences shall be made of wood.
      2. Picket Fences: Picket fences shall be located in front and side yards.
      3. Picket Fence Height: Picket fences shall be 32″ to 42″ high.
      4. Picket Fence Location Relative to Front Sidewalk: It is preferred that picket fences be located 12″ to 21″ behind front sidewalks to allow for a planting bed for flowers, lawn, etc.
      5. Picket Fence Variation: Picket fences on adjoining lots shall differ. Proposed fences shall be reviewed to encourage differentiation between lots. The Community Architect seeks to encourage variety of design. Picket fence designs other than shown in the Design Guide shall be encouraged (subject to review).
      6. Picket Fence Location Relative to Site Lines: Individual picket fence siting shall be reviewed to verify compliance with the design guidelines.
      7. Fence Color: All fences shall be painted King Farm White.
      8. Privacy Fence / Alley Fence Location in Side Yards: Privacy fences shall be permitted on side yard property lines between adjoining houses. The privacy fence / alley fence may extend from the back yard toward the front yard and return to the house at a point no closer than half the length of the side of house. In this case the street facing fence may be a privacy fence / alley fence. Fences returning to the house (street facing fence) in the front half of the length of the side of house the fence shall be a picket fence type.
      9. Privacy Fence / Alley Fence Height: Fences shall be permitted between 48″ and 72″ in height.
      10. Exceptions: All exceptions to the above due to special lot conditions including but not limited to grading, configuration and otherwise shall be reviewed by the Community Architect.

Please also note that any design change may also be subject to applicable King Farm Regulations of King Farm LLC and City of Rockville laws and regulations for permitting, construction, placement and sound.

**The following paint colors shall be acceptable for use as King Farm White (Pure or Ultra White) on fences and rear yard decks**

Decks
The Community Architect has developed documents to assist Homeowners in the design and placement of decks in rear yards.

Deck Sketches: Deck Rail

**The documents are intended to offer guidance; final location and design approval shall be obtained from the Community Architect.

In addition to the information shown on the deck guard/rail sketch the following conditions shall apply:

      1. Deck Location: Decks shall be located in rear yards only.
      2. Deck Size: The footprint in square feet of decks (in single-family detached houses) shall not be permitted to exceed 1/5 the footprint in square feet of the house.
      3. Painting of Surfaces Visible From Streets and Alleys: Rails, rail caps, guard rails and deck bands shall be painted “King Farm White”.
      4. Screen Undercroft: Undercroft of decks visible from streets shall be screen by lattice or other screening (subject to review).
      5. Decks on Corner Lots: Decks located on houses on corner lots where the deck is visible from the street shall have a lattice screen or other screening (subject to review) to a height 5′ – 6″ above the deck on the street side of the deck.
      6. Deck Materials: Decks shall be built of wood materials.
      7. Deck Height: Decks shall be no higher than 10′ – 0″ above grade.

Please also note that any design change may also be subject to applicable King Farm Regulations of King Farm LLC and City of Rockville laws and regulations for permitting, construction, placement and sound.

 

Porch handrail guidelines and graphics
The Community Architect has provided a design guide for suitable porch handrails. Porch Handrail & Supporting Graphics

Exterior Paint Requirement
The following document specifies the timeline required to paint exterior ACQ pressure-treated wood on homes. Exterior Paint Guidelines

Fence and Deck Colors
The following paint colors shall be acceptable for use as King Farm White (Pure or Ultra White) on fences and rear yard deck components at King Farm.

      1. Outside White Solid Stain
        (Maxwood Exterior Stain)
      2. One Coat White
        (Duron Paint)
      3. 100 Super White
        (McCormick Paint)
      4. White
        (Olympic Paint)
      5. Outside White
        (Olympic Paint)
      6. UL260-15 Gallery White
        (Behr Paint)
      7. Extra White – WoodScapes House Stain Exterior Acrylic Solid Color
        (Sherwin-Williams Paint – Available through Duron)

It shall be acceptable to allow pressure treated wood material to dry for up to 30 days after initial installation before the application of paint. Please consult paint and wood suppliers for specific recommendations for painting.

Storm Doors

The Community Architect has developed documents to assist Homeowners in the selection of storm doors.

The documents are intended to offer guidance; final design and installation approval is not required if compliance with the following is met.

If a Homeowner desires a deviation, approval shall be obtained from the Community Architect.

Storm Doors NOT Requiring Review and Approval shall meet the following conditions:

      1. Full View: The storm door shall be full view.
      2. No Decorative Trim: The storm door shall be free of decorative trim.
      3. Color: The storm door shall match the color of the door.

Please see the Storm Door Sketch regarding door stile and rail profile.

Please also note that any design change may also be subject to applicable King Farm Regulations of King Farm LLC and City of Rockville laws and regulations for permitting, construction, placement and sound.

 

 

 

Owners should consult the design standards and guidelines to determine which one of the categories of approval applies to a proposed change, including changes to:

✓ Attic Ventilators
✓ Awnings
✓ Chimneys and Flues
✓ Clothes Lines
✓ Decks
✓ Dog Houses and Dog Runs
✓ Driveways
✓ Exterior Air Conditioning/Heating Units
✓ Exterior Colors
✓ Exterior Decorative Objects
✓ Exterior Finish MaterialsFences
✓ Firewood
✓ Flags and Flagpoles
✓ Hot tubs/Spas
✓ Gazebos
✓ Greenhouses

 

✓ Grills
✓ Landscaping
✓ Mailboxes
✓ Patios/Porches
✓ Recreation and Play Equipment
✓ Sidewalks and Pathways
✓ Signs
✓ Skylights
✓ Solar Panels
✓ Storage Sheds
✓ Storm/Screen Doors
✓ Swimming Pools
✓ Trash Containers
✓ Tree Removal