Guidelines for Changes or Repairs to Decks, Porches, Patios and Stairs:

Please use these guidelines for replacing or repairing one of these items on your property. Any time you alter or change the existing condition in any way, it requires a design review application. Provided that you make these changes for repair or maintenance, then a DRA is not required.

Deck, Porch and Exterior Stair Repairs and Replacements:

If you are repairing or replacing and select materials from the following pre-approved lists, a design review application is not required. Please view p. 67-73 in the Design Guide for information about Decks/Handrails/etc.

Porches, Rear Yard Decks, and Patios:

Forms and Types:

Outdoor patios (with exception of Multi-Family Residence) are permitted in rear and side yards only and must be screened to a height of 5’-6” when visible from a street.


  • Permitted patio finish materials include: natural stone, brick, stone pavers, concrete pavers and natural concrete.
  • Patio materials are to be neutral in color or natural earth tones, brown, or grey.
  • Brick paver colors are to match or complement the masonry found at the house.

Yard Coverage:

  • Townhouse:
    A minimum of 10% pervious yard/lot area shall be maintained with the installation of patio.
  • Detached Yard:
    No specific practice for coverage. The Committee encourages homeowners to maintain a significant portion of the yard as green or vegetated area.

Setting Beds:

  • Patios/pavers are recommended to be set on a bed appropriate for finish surface overlayment.


  • Stormwater flow:
    Patios shall be properly installed and graded such that they do not change the existing flow of stormwater to, through, and from the yard.
  • All private driveways, walkways, patios and off-street parking areas shall be drained as to prevent damage in abutting properties or public rights of way and shall be constructed of materials which have a surface resistant to erosion and shall be maintained in good repair.
  • Moisture Control – Water Managed Foundations:
    Patio slabs, walks, and driveways shall be sloped ¼” per foot away from the house.

Exterior Paint Requirement (Decks)


  1. Sherwin Williams: WoodScapes Exterior Acrylic Solid Color House Stain in “Extra White” (SW 7007) (product #A15W00051)
  2. McCormick: Cabot Solid Color 100% Acrylic Exterior Deck Stain in “Super White 100”

It is acceptable to allow pressure treated wood material to dry for up 90 – 120 days after initial installation before the application of paint. Please consult paint and wood suppliers for specific recommendations for painting.


  1. Sherwin Williams: Duration Exterior Acrylic Latex in “Pure White” (SW 7005)
  2. McCormick: 100% Acrylic Exterior Latex Paint in “Super White 100”
  3. Valspar (Lowe’s): Defense One-Coat Exterior Paint + Primer in “Ultra White” (7006-24)
  4. Behr (Home Depot): BEHR ULTRA® Exterior Flat in “Ultra Pure White 1850”

Deck and Patio Installation:

The Community Architect has developed documents to assist Homeowners in the design and placement of decks in rear yards. The documents are intended to offer guidance; final location and design approval shall be obtained from the Community Architect.

Deck Location:
Decks shall be located in rear yards only.

Deck Size:
The footprint in square feet of decks (in single-family detached houses) not permitted to exceed 1/5 the footprint in sq. ft. of the house.

Deck Materials:
Decks shall be built of wood materials.

Deck Height:
Decks shall be no higher than 10′ – 0″ above grade.

Painting of Surfaces Visible From Streets and Alleys:
Rails, rail caps, guard rails and deck bands shall be painted “King Farm White”.

Screen Undercroft:
Undercroft of decks visible from streets shall be screen by lattice or other screening (subject to review).

Decks on Corner Lots:
Decks located on houses on corner lots (where 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.