Exterior Finishing

Building articulation must break up the exterior lines of the structure to provide both horizontal and vertical variation.  Walls are to be designed through massing and exterior materials as to reduce large, flat expanses.

Each dwelling shall use a minimum of three exterior cladding materials not including the trim.  The exterior wall material on dwellings on corner lots and on dwellings with exposed corners shall be treated consistent with the front elevation of such dwelling.  (Stone or brick of non-front elevations on corner lots is to be used as an accent but does not need same % coverage requirements of the front elevation)

Acceptable materials shall be wood, acrylic stucco, brick and stone.  Composite siding resembling wood may be approved by the consultant, at the sole discretion of the consultant.  Aluminum siding and/or vinyl siding is not permitted.

If the front elevation of the dwelling is one level in height, then stone or brick must make up a minimum of fifteen percent (15%) of the front elevation of a dwelling.  (This is 15% of the surface area that includes glazing and garage doors but does not include the area of any roof surfaces).  If the front elevation of the dwelling is greater than one level in height, then stone or brick must make up a minimum of ten percent (10%) of the front elevation.  Stone or brick that meets a corner must wrap the corner by a distance of no less than two (2) feet or .6 metres.  Brick or stone at the base of the house should give the appearance of anchoring the house and must terminate no more than one (1) inch above concrete driveways or sidewalks, and no more than six (6) inches above soil or landscape grade.

Any wall that is part of the front elevation and is under a roof other than a cottage style roof must be broken up by both a change in plane and a change in materials (unless otherwise approved by consultant) . Any wall of the front elevation that is under a cottage style roof must be visually broken up with either a change in materials or a change in plane at the minimum.

All exposed  foundation walls  greater than 6” in depth must be parged if using wood siding or stucco if using a  stucco exterior finish.

Foundation damp-proofing coatings or membranes shall not be exposed above soil grade.

Colours shall pull from the existing area.  Earth tones are recommended.   Colours, and any variations of, are subject to approval by the consultant.

Exterior trim must be a minimum of 5” wide around windows and doors.  

Where decks are visible from down-sloped areas, the underside must be finished or screened.

Support posts defining the main entry to the dwelling shall be considerable in width/diameter, and the height in proportion to the entry.  For example:  An  8”X8” wood post will not carry up two (2) levels.  Any post standing taller than one storey shall be visually broken down with a change of materials and/or width.

No dwelling shall be constructed in which the exterior design is identical to, or a colourable imitation of, any other dwelling immediately adjacent to, opposite to, or is repeated more than one in every four (4) dwellings.  One similar color of one material may be duplicated only upon approval by the consultant.  For example:  An existing house has light brown wood siding, dark brown brick and white trim.  The dwelling across the street and down one lot might be able to use light brown wood siding, multi-earth tones stone, and dark trim.